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Local Area Groups

Bristol Area Group

Welcome to the Bristol Group of the Ffestiniog Railway Society. The Group provides a forum for all those who live in and around the Bristol and surrounding area and are passionate about the UK’s leading Heritage Railway.

Bristol Group Members are involved on both the Ffestiniog and Welsh Highland Railways as volunteers. Whether sanding down woodwork in the Heritage Carriage Shop, guarding trains, producing Whistle Boards at home or attending local model railway or other shows, we are always in need of more support.

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Our first meeting of the 2018-2019 Season is on the subject of ‘The Ffestiniog Railway in Old Pictures Part 4’ presented by Adrian Gray, FR Archivist and Secretary of the Heritage Group.

Having covered the Minffordd and Penrhyn area last year, Adrian moves onto look at Rhiw Goch to Garnedd via Tan-y-Bwlch through the ages.

Thurs. 22nd November 2018: The History of the Aust Ferry and the Return of the Severn Princess – Tim Ryan
Thurs. 7th February 2019: Importing a Chinese Locomotive and Re-gauging it for the Ffestiniog Railway – Paul Molyneaux-Berry
Thurs. 14th March 2019: The Clifton Rocks Railway – Peter Davey
Thurs. 11th April 2019: Work of the Heritage Railway Association (provisional) – Mark Smith, also the Group AGM


BAWA Centre at Filton, 589 Southmead Road, Filton, Bristol, BS34 7RG. (Room 7, accessed via the second main entrance at the rear of the complex.)


Secretary: Mark Temple, 0117 9682522, bristol@ffestiniograilway.org.uk

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Volunteering on the Railway Mini Gallery

Working on the track
Explaining how a steam loco works
The drains gang
Around the loco