Preservation history made at Welsh Highland gala

Ffestiniog & Welsh Highland Railway’s (Ff&WHR) June 21-23 Welsh Highland Railway – Past, Present and Future gala title referenced the 21st anniversary of Ff&WHR trains running out of Caernarfon and the newly opened station building at the terminus. 

However, this gala carried much greater significance for the ‘future’ element.

Welsh Highland Heritage Railway’s Hunslet 2-6-2T Russell has steam to spare as it hauls a passenger service through Aberglaslyn Pass on the afternoon of June 21. Ffestiniog & Welsh Highland Railway England 0-4-0STT Prince is on the tail. CLIFF THOMAS

That relations between Ff&WHR and Welsh Highland Heritage Railway (WHHR) have been difficult over the years is no secret. This event showcased mutual co-operation and evidence such problems are being consigned to history. The Peace Dividend was significant and highly memorable.

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The headline act was WHHR’s Hunslet 2-6-2T Russell, the only surviving original Welsh Highland steam locomotive, working regular shuttle services top-and-tail with a Ffestiniog loco over the southern section of the revived WHR. 

Read more and view more images in the August 2019 issue of The RM – on sale now!

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