Weston Langford, an Australian railway enthusiast and engineer, visited the railway in August 1971. These are some of approximately 21000 photos online at his site, of which 41 are related to the Festiniog Railway
This block of 6 photos was taken on Friday 6th & Saturday 7th August 1971, and are © Weston Langford. Clicking on "original" takes you directly to his page for that picture. The expanded captions are courtesy of Tim Maynard
In fact, Tim has subsequently provided a number of additional captions for the other FR photos on that site. These can be found here
<111182>:Campbell's Platform from an Up Passenger train. This time the C set has Merddin Emrys on the front; did Allan Garraway spend Fridays in the office going about his General Managerial duties? The carriages in the foreground are 16 and 15, with 16 only just restored to traffic following a major overhaul by Ron Jarvis. The siding was used by Col. Campbell for his private locomotive as his house, Dduallt Manor' did not at that time have road access. The deviationists who had a hostel in part of the Manor complex also used the siding. original
<111192>:A busy Tan y Bwlch and Mountaineer on a Down passenger train, and Linda just arrinving on an Up Passenger. This is a good picture for FR personalities. As well as Allan Garraway sitting `side saddle' on Linda, we have Roy Goldstraw, the driver of Mountaineer, in the lighter overalls, Chris Byrne (will someone please try to confirm?) chin in hand and John Harrison, Station Master by the front corner of the arriving train. Anyone care to guess names of the other firemen? Note the car park is full. This was when Tan-y-Bwlch was the top of the line for road access. The station was sufficiently busy for a Booking Clark to be on duty for the High Summer service for a number of years, a separate Booking Office being located in the Café, i.e. the old Goods Shed.
<111196>:Upnor Castle on shunt duty at Harbour. This is a typical Friday evening at Harbour. Before the days of the carriage shed at Glan y Mor, carriage inspections used the pit in the platform road. This would often be carried out by Arthur Brookes or John Halsall with others. Meanwhile one of the guards would be grovelling in the ballast adding oil to plain bearing axle boxes. original
<111217>:The three way stub point at Boston Lodge. The bogie wagon on the right is No. 63, often seen out and about at the top of passenger trains delivering materials up the line, particularly for the deviation. A favourite of the S&T Department, any excuse was used to gravitate 63 down from Tan-y-Bwlch after the last train, S&T being organised to ensure someone was ready to open the gates at Penrhyn to ensure a non stop run as far as possible. On the left is No 67, the Weedkiller spraying wagon at this period.original