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Ffestiniog Railway Society
Cymdeithas Rheilffordd Ffestiniog

Local Area Groups

Dee and Mersey Area Group

We are a Group centred on Chester but our members live over a much wider area. Our meetings and newsletters aim to entertain and inform members and visitors of the latest happenings on our railway as well providing meetings on a wide selection of heritage and restoration activities. It’s a good social evening and visitors are made very welcome – all we ask for is a £2.00 donation towards costs.



Wednesday 25th March 2020 – Group AGM and The restoration of Kerr Stuart 4415 – David High
Wednesday 28th October 2020 – details from our Secretary nearer the time.
Wednesday 25th November 2020 – details from our Secretary nearer the time.


‘The Cross Keys, Lower Bridge Street, Chester, CH1 1RP. Meetings start at 19.40.


Contact the Dee and Mersey Area Group Secretary:
Geoff Lake: “glake@ffwhr.com”

Jim Parrish Group Chairman and Permanent Way Working Party Organiser
01244 329944 “jparrish@ffwhr.com”

Other Activities

Working Parties

These are held monthly throughout the year. We generally support the work off the PWay Department. Additionally we organise other lineside projects such as maintaining and restoring the post and wire heritage fencing. If you are interested in S&T work we also support the Jasper Group who generally work the same weekends.
Forthcoming dates are:
28/29 March 2020
02/03 May 2020
30/31 May 2020
27/28 June 2020
25/26 July 2020
05/06 September 2020
03/04 October 2020
07/08 November 2020
05/06 December 2020
These dates are all weekends but we frequently add a Friday or Monday for those who can join us for an extra day. You can join in our Group bookings at Penrhyn Hostel or make your own accommodation plans.


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Go to our membership page to see the full range of activities and benefits.

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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