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Ffestiniog Railway Society
Cymdeithas Rheilffordd Ffestiniog


The Ffestiniog Railway Society is able to support the Ffestiniog Railway through the generous donations, legacies and contributions made by members and supporters. Financial contributions large and small allow the railway to make improvements to the passenger experience, rebuild heritage items and achieve large projects not possible with revenue alone.

Welsh Pony Appeal

Welsh Pony Leaflet

The most enigmatic of the original Ffestiniog locos, Welsh Pony, was the third engine in line for restoration to service when the railway was reopened in the 1950s.

Somehow other engines always managed to jump the queue and even Palmerston, thought for many years to be little more than scrap, has made its way back into service.

In 2010 members of the Ffestiniog Railway Society were asked for their opinion on the future of this locomotive. The replies were overwhelmingly in favour of restoring the loco to service.

The loco will eventually be back in traffic alongside fellow England locos Prince and Palmerston, which will put the Ffestiniog Railway in the unique position of having the world’s three oldest steam locos in regular service on their original railway.

Welsh Pony's appeal page »

New Double Fairlie Appeal

New Double Fairlie James Spooner

As part of the construction of a new double fairlie to replace Earl of Merioneth, the Society has taken up the challenge of funding the new boiler so that the Company can get the job done as soon as possible. We have made a good start and have allocated funds from recent legacies to good effect. Additionally, individual components can be sponsored to keep Earl of Merioneth complete.

New Double Fairlie Appeal »

Online Donations

The FR Society has also teamed up with Virgin Money Giving so you can donate and raise funds for the railway online. Please use this method if you find it the most convenient. It’s easy to make a single or monthly donation with a credit or debit card online. All you need to do is go to:
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Virgin Money Giving reclaims Gift Aid automatically and pays donations to us directly at the end of every week. If you already have a valid Gift Aid declaration in place with the Society you will still be asked to ‘Gift Aid’ the donation – please say yes. The site is 100% secure, all data is treated as absolutely confidential and totally private donations can be made.

In addition, it’s really easy for you to raise money for us by creating an online fundraising page on the site. Fundraising pages are just like paper sponsorship forms, except they’re online, so you don’t have to spend time collecting cash and cheques. Just personalise your page with a photo and message and email the web address to all your contacts. Then your friends, family, colleagues and anyone else can make a donation through your page from anywhere in the world.

You can create a fundraising page for absolutely anything. You could get sponsored to run, swim, cycle, get fit, grow a Victorian moustache worthy of a Spooner or pull a carriage across the Cob. You can even create a page in memory of someone or instead of wedding gifts. The only limit is your imagination.

For more information, please contact us: web@ffestiniograilway.org.uk

Make a Donation »

Gift Aid

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HM Revenue and Customs’s Gift Aid scheme allows the Ffestiniog Railway Society, as a registered charity, to reclaim the tax on all donations made to them provided:

  • The donor is a full UK tax payer
  • They fill in the appropriate Gift Aid declaration either by printing and filling out this form or through the Virgin Money Giving site above.

Download the Gift Aid form here▼

Your Gift Aid declaration is valid until you inform the Society you do not pay tax and may be used to reclaim Gift Aid on all gifts and subscriptions made, and may be even be used to claim tax on donations made up to six years before the date of the declaration. The Society presently has around 2,700 valid Gift Aid declarations which brings in additional income of around £25,000 per annum.

Everyclick Online Search and Shopping


Sign up and use Everyclick’s search function to raise money for the Ffestiniog Railway Society.

It costs the Society nothing to run and the more people that sign up, the more money is raised.

Support Ffestiniog Railway Society here »

Book Auction

Many books are donated to the Society to raise funds for the railway.

This dedicated site has up to date lists of items available for auction.

More information at the dedicated site »

Amazon Smile


Do you shop with Amazon? If so you could help fundraise for the Ffestiniog Railway at no cost to yourself.

It’s simple….. when you log in to Amazon go to the Amazon Smile page and choose your charity.
Using this page means that 0.5% of your purchase price goes to charity.
At the top of this page you will see which charity you are supporting.
Point to this and a box invites you to change your charity
Search for Ffestiniog Railway Society and click

Link to Amazon Smile »
FRS Supported projects FRS Supported projects 'projects/donations'

FRS Supported projects

Here’s some projects we’ve supported.

Minffordd Infrastructure Shed 2015-6

Minffordd Infrastructure Shed 2015-6

David Lloyd George new power bogies 2014

David Lloyd George new power bogies 2014

Porthmadog Heritage Signalling 2014

Porthmadog Heritage Signalling 2014

Minffordd New Points 2015

Minffordd New Points 2015

Lilla New Boiler 2009, Chass Overhaul 2015

Lilla New Boiler 2009, Chass Overhaul 2015

Boiler Repairs and new power bogies for Merddin Emrys 2005

Boiler Repairs and new power bogies for Merddin Emrys 2005

Slate Wagon Refurbishments 2011-2013

Slate Wagon Refurbishments 2011-2013