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Centenary of Steam Gala
Over the Spring Bank Holiday weekend (28th, 29th & 30th May) the Fairbourne Railway will be celebrating it’s Centenary of Steam with a major Gala event.
For the first 70 years of its life as a steam railway the line had a gauge of 15 inches between the rails but in `1986, following a change of ownership, the whole railway was transformed including having the gauge reduced to 12.25 inches and the introduction of all new engines and carriages. The old 15in gauge engines were sold off, one even emigrating to Japan!
Now, following the laying of a special section of track, the railway is welcoming home three engines that between them span those first 70 years.
Count Louis 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.
Katie, completed in 1956 by Trevor Guest Engineering 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.
The third loco was built new for Fairbourne in 1916 by W.J.Bassett-Lowke of Northampton and carried the name Prince Edward of Wales. At the end of 1923 it was swapped for another engine and moved to Llewelyn’s Miniature Railway at Southport, running there for over 40 years. During the 1920s/30s it changed name several times, finally becoming King George.
After Southport it spent about 15 years in County Durham at the Whorlton Lido Railway before being used briefly at the Lightwater Valley Railway.
It passed to its current owner in 1994 who then embarked on the extended restoration which is now nearing completion. This trip to Fairbourne will be its first outing following restoration.
In addition to its special visitors, the Gala will feature an intensive service on its regular running line with all available 12.25 inch gauge locos in use, as well as 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.
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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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