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Raven­glass➧Renewals

Raven­glass & Eskdale Rail­way em­ploy­ees and vol­un­teers have re­newed 1,110ft of track at Katie Caddy, be­tween Mite­side and Murth­waite, about 2¼ miles from Raven­glass. Over nine days in Jan­uary, up to 22 peo­ple worked 141 man-days and re­laid 37 rail lengths. Four culverts were also re­placed. In Novem­ber, the gang re­newed 1,500ft of rail (in fifty 30ft lengths) at Mill Wood, near Mun­caster Mill halt, just over a mile from Raven­glass.

Bala➧BoaRd➧changes

Roger Hine, gen­eral man­ager of the Bala Lake Rail­way from 2001 un­til 2014, has re­tired from the board of the BLR Com­pany. As the rail­way’s en­gi­neer, he joined the board in July 1997, tak­ing the place left va­cant by the re­tire­ment of Ge­orge Barnes, the rail­way’s founder. His re­place­ment is Peter Hey­wood, who grew up in Ban­gor and is due to re­tire from a ca­reer in the le­gal pro­fes­sion shortly.

new➧welsh­pool➧wagon

Vol­un­teers at the Welsh­pool & Llan­fair Light Rail­way are build­ing a replica pri­vate-owner wagon to run in the line’s goods and mixed trains. Llan­fair Caere­in­ion coal mer­chants, J. Ll. Peate & Sons, had five four-plank wag­ons built by Pick­er­ing in 1903. Painted ma­roon with white let­ter­ing and black iron­work, they were scrapped in 1935.

whR➧sta­tion➧staRts

Work to re­lo­cate the sewer un­der the Welsh High­land Rail­way’s new Caernar­fon sta­tion site was started in Fe­bru­ary. The site has been cleared and the out­line of the build­ing marked out. Lo­cal au­thor­i­ties an­tic­i­pate that the build­ing will act as a cat­a­lyst for other de­vel­op­ments in the area. The Ffes­tin­iog Rail­way’s new three-road ‘her­itage car­riage shed’ at Bos­ton Lodge was brought into use dur­ing Fe­bru­ary. Items cur­rently stored in it in­clude Hun­slet 0-4-0ST

FFes­tin­iog➧shed➧opens

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