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Centenary of Steam Gala
The Fairbourne Railway is pleased to announce that 2016’s ‘Centenary of Steam Gala’ over the Spring bank Holiday 28th/29th & 30th May will see the return of iconic 15 inch gauge former residents Count Louis and Katie.
Count Louis, a Bassett-Lowke 4-4-2, was completed in 1924 for racing driver Count Louis Zborowski who at the time was building a private line at his home near Canterbury. After his death whilst competing in the Italian Grand Prix at Monza in October of that year, it was sold to the Fairbourne Railway in 1925 and was, for many years, the sole steam loco on the railway. This will be Count Louis’ first return to the railway since the line was re-gauged to 12.25in gauge in 1986.
Katie, completed in 1956 by Trevor Guest for the Dudley Zoo Railway, and resident at Fairbourne from 1965-85 visited the Railway two years ago for a gala and operated over a short length of specially laid dual 12.25/15in gauge track. Now that dual gauge line has been extended and, equally importantly, the Railway is extending the dual gauge section back through the station to allow visiting 15in gauge locos access to the sheds and workshop meaning that they can now be stabled and serviced undercover.
To accompany the locos, the railway now has on long term loan from Windmill Farm Railway two original Fairbourne coaches, meaning that truly authentic 15in gauge era trains can be run.
The Gala will, as usual, feature an intensive service on its regular running line with all available 12.25 inch gauge locos in use, as well as a many other attractions*.
THANK YOU TO EVERYONE THAT SUPPORTED THE YEO FIREBOX APPEAL. THE TARGET HAS NOW BEEN REACHED.
DUAL GAUGE POINT FUND
The Fairbourne Railway wants a truly memorable Gala in 2016 to celebrate the centenary of steam on the Fairbourne Railway. We would like to invite some of the most iconic locomotives from the railway’s past to visit us, but to do this we need to be able to offer them secure shed space. We are planning to extend the 15” line back through the station to enable locos to access the shed but to do this a dual 12.25/15” gauge point is needed. Once this is in place we will permanently have the ability to securely store visiting locos undercover.
The problem is, due to the complicated nature of these points, it has been decided to have them made by an outside contractor. The estimated cost is between £7000 - £8000. We already have nearly £3000 in the fund but we urgently need to raise the reminder.
You can donate to the “Dual Gauge Point Fund” by sending a Cheque to the Railway or visit: www.fairbournerailway.com & use PayPal (no PayPal account needed). You can also download the “Standing Order Mandate Form” Please remember to Gift Aid your donation.
To download the Standing Order Mandate form in Word format
To download a PDF of the form CLICK HERE
THE “CENTENARY OF STEAM GALA” WILL TAKE PLACE OVER THE SPRING BANK HOLIDAY 28TH, 29TH & 30TH MAY 2016
NEW POSTCARD AVAILABLE FROM APRIL 20TH 2015
DESIGNED BY IAN GOODMAN AND PRODUCED BY STU HARRIS, FOR THE F.R.P.S. IN AID OF YEO'S FIREBOX APPEAL.
THIS LIMITED EDITION POSTCARD WILL BE AVAILABLE FROM THE FAIRBOURNE RAILWAY ONLINE SHOP. ONLY 100 PRODUCED, GET YOURS QUICK TO AVOID DISSAPOINTMENT.
TIME IS RUNNING OUT, PLEASE HELP TO KEEP YEO IN STEAM.
Fairbourne Railway awarded TripAdvisor® Certificate of Excellence award for 2014 and 2015
Welcome to the Fairbourne Railway
The Fairbourne Railway has been running from Fairbourne village to the mouth of the Mawddach Estuary, connecting with the ferry to Barmouth for over 100 years. It started as a two foot gauge horse-drawn tramway which was then converted to a 15 inch gauge railway in 1916. The line in 1984 was completely re built to a 12.25 inch gauge.
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Did you know........
The village film club donate all proceeds (after overheads ) to the Fairbourne Railway. The Film Club meet in the Village Hall on the 1st and 3rd Saturday's of the month for 2pm Matinees showing classic films. Membership is just £1.00 and £3.50 on the day including refreshments. Please support the Film Club and help Fairbourne Railway at the same time.
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