I visited the Ffestiniog’s Vintage Weekend, which was held over the weekend of 9th to the 11th October 2015, this is the annual event to showcase the history of the Ffestiniog Railway, it includes the Spooners Boat, Vintage Trains and much more!

Penrhyn Crossing
Penrhyn Crossing

We start the day at Penrhyn, this is to see Prince, who is pulling an early morning vintage train to Blaenau Ffestiniog and return. I Videoed Prince going over the crossing but also saw the gates being shut.

I then  travel to Porthmadog Harbour Station, and notice the Merry-go-round, as I walk onto the platform, I see the carriages for the next train, but a very empty station, but then again, it is still 8:25 in the morning.

DLG at Porthmadog
DLG at Porthmadog

The next train to depart Harbour Station is David Lloyd George, who is heading for Blaenau Ffestiniog, at the end of this train, Spooners Boat is coupled, this will decouple at Tan-y-bwlch, and then descend back to Harbour Station by gravity and wind power.

 

 

[FR] Boston Lodge Works
I then decide to take a stroll down the cob, I walk all the way down to Boston Lodge, by then, Linda and blanche had caught up with me just as I set record on my Lumia 1320.

 

 

[FR] Palmerston at Porthmadog - Vintage Weekend 2015After the mile walk back to Harbour Station we meet Palmerston, which is getting ready for the 11:45 shuttle to Minffordd and back.

 

 

 DLG at Porthmadog - Vintage Weekend 2015
DLG at Porthmadog – Vintage Weekend 2015

Whilst waiting at Harbour Station, David Lloyd George is also waiting in the siding awaiting its next duty.

 

 

 

[FR] Linda, Blanche and PalmerstonLinda and Blanche are now waiting in the Platform, waiting for the 13:35 departure to Blaenau Ffestiniog.

Once Linda and Blanche had left with the 13:35 to Blaenau Ffestiniog, it was then Prince that was returning from Dduallt, it was pulling a set of vintage coaches.

Palmerston with no liveryPalmerston, which had jusat been finished from its boiler service, stood in the siding awaiting its next duty.

 

 

 DLG at PortDavid Lloyd George is next to depart Harbour Station with a vintage set of the boat.

 

 

 

 Merri-go-roundIn the car park, there were stalls and a merry-go-round, which was fun for all the family (including adults)

 

 

 Blanche and Garratt 87
Blanche and Garratt 87

It was then time for Prince to depart with the last vintage service of the day. It was also the Garrett and Blanche that went off to Boston Lodge.

Linda was on a special Charter Train in the evening. While Taliesin was off back to Boston Lodge after arriving back with a Freight Train.

 

Prince at Minffordd
Prince at Minffordd

I then move on to Minffordd to see Linda pass Prince. We also then move to Penrhyn to see Linda go over the crossing.

 

 

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