WHR Desktop Trains

The graphics below are almost all the work of Aidan Stell. He and John Savage have prepared a Welsh Highland Railway module for the well-known and highly entertaining animated Railway32 Screensaver for Windows by Mark Goodspeed (new URL). Registered users of the screensaver can now get a taste of WHR trains running across their Windows desktop. Once you've downloaded and registered it, follow instructions for joining the railway32 group at Yahoo! Groups - this is where this and many other extra modules are available for free download, together with instructions on how to install and run them (NB the instructions link above will only work after you have joined the group, and provided you are logged into Yahoo! Groups with the Yahoo! ID under which you joined the group).

The graphics feature not only existing rolling stock, but some future "possibles", such as how the NG15 locomotives might look once overhauled and modified, and diesel railcars based on the style of the existing carriages. There's a little bit of artistic licence, and some proportions are slightly altered to suit the operation of the screensaver (though they're pretty close).

Various train formations have been assembled below - for obvious reasons you will have to scroll to the right to see everything. If you'd like to suggest an interesting formation to add to the page, please email - details foot of WHR Project homepage. The available graphics are shown here. In the meantime, enjoy!

2003 Steam Adventure Week

2003 Phase 3 Construction - The Ballast Train

2003 Driving Experience

2002 Two-train service - Eryri Express with Millennium and seven cars, or Prince with the Heritage Train

Superpower Weekend, September 2002 - the Mixed Train

Saturday's Maximum Mixed Train: (a) Dinas-Waunfawr

(b) Waunfawr-Dinas

Alternating Diesel Service

2001 High season trains - NGG16 Beyer-Garratt and six cars

Easter 2001 - Combined steam and diesel power

Vintage Weekend, September 2001

2000 Off-peak service - Mountaineer and four cars

Vintage Weekend, September 2000 - Russell and Taliesin visit

1999 - Blanche and three cars

September 1997 - tracklaying with Upnor Castle and the "Forth Bridge"


Castell Caernarfon and ballast wagons

The Future... (please don't read too much into the details!)

Possible looks for the NG15s (the tenders will probably be longer than this):

No. 134, BR-style tender, blue livery

No. 134, BR-style tender, BR-style livery

No. 133, Maunsell-style tender, "Southern" livery

Next loco to enter service:

Garratt K1 with a train to Rhyd Ddu

The WHR's forthcoming Lynton & Barnstaple replica loco:

Off-peak service with Lyd

A DMU for local services?

Opening day to Porthmadog: NG15 no. 133, NGG16 no. 140 and twelve cars


Train formations from published photographs (NB not all livery matches are correct):

The Dinas "Wardrobe Photo", 1890s: the NWNGR poses almost all its stock

Illegal train formation, 1890s (unfitted wagons between Snowdon Ranger and carriage)

Moel Tryfan at Plas y Nant, 1890s

Gowrie hauls Russell from Dinas loco shed, 1909

Palmerston and FR stock heading for Dinas, 1923

Russell at Beddgelert, 1923

590 heading north through the Aberglaslyn Pass, 1925

Moel Tryfan and mixed train at Waunfawr, 1926

Bryngwyn Branch goods, 1928, with the Kerr Stuart diesel

Welsh Pony in sky blue with Portmadoc-Beddgelert train, 1934

Russell with Dinas-Beddgelert train approaching Waunfawr, 1934

Russell and train in "rainbow" livery, FR lease period ("repaint" of graphics done by Keith Skillicorn)

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Authored by Ben Fisher; last updated June 16th, 2003