Beddgelert - Pont Croesor
|Harbour Station works|
This section was built under Phase 4 of the railway's rebuilding and was opened in two stages. Beddgelert to Hafod y Llyn was opened in 2009 and thence to Pont Croesor in 2010. The construction details can be found using the link below:
Phase 4 - Rhyd Ddu to Porthmadog - 2005 to 2010
24th November 2010
A further picture of Pont Croesor by Steve Broomfield shows the full length of the new platform on the left:
Work continued on the new barrow crossing seen in the near background of the above picture on the Tuesday Gang's visit there on the 4th January 2011. The progress made that day can be seen in the following pictures from Steve Broomfield together with the Vale of Ffestiniog trying out the new crossing as it runs round its 'training' train from Porthmadog.
The Black Hand Gang weekend of the 15th and 16th January involved attention to some dips in the track at Nantmor level crossing. On the Saturday the dip to the South of the crossing was rectified whilst the pictures below show the dip to the North receiving attention on the Sunday. This was not the most pleasant of weekend to be working outside with it being very wet and windy. This is unfortunately reflected in the quality of the photos.
This weekend the Black Hand Gang were in action in the Aberglaslyn pass. Wooden sleepers were replaced by metal sleepers at Corlan next to the Glaslyn river. This will help to stop the track slipping which has been a significant problem. Photos by Andy Forsyth
As well as the north Wales track gang, a film crew was in attendance on the Sunday, filming and interviewing the track gang at work plus getting Caernarfon Castle to perform various run pasts. This will be broadcast on BBC Wales in May possibly in 2 half hour programmes.
16th March 2011
New display boards have been erected at all the stations and halts along the railway. The photograph from Steve Broomfield shows a new board at Pont Croesor.
22nd March 2011
The Tuesday Gang spent the 22nd March at Cwm Bychan where they removed vegetation from the southern portal of T4, the long tunnel into the Aberglaslyn Pass. Martin Duncan, the FR Lineside Manager, and one chainsaw coded volunteer cut the thicker growth hanging off ropes, others using hand held saws cut the smaller shrubs and others cut up the growth into small sized brash for loading into the Hudson Wagon to be taken out by works train hauled by Vale of Ffestiniog. It was a warm spring day and the 6 volunteers present had a most enjoyable day. Steve Broomfield's picture sequence below shows the removal of the vegetation and its subsequent transportation back to Minffordd.
29th March 2011
The Tuesday Gang spent this week erecting a fence between the railway and the river at "Otters Pool" Hafod y Llyn. The contractor had left this section unfenced and it is believed that fishermen are walking down the track to access the river bank. Fifteen fenceposts were driven into the fairly soft ground at ten foot spacings with the aid of what Tony Baker calls a "Donger". Stock fencing topped by two runs of single wire were then installed. The gang had a surprise visit from Linda with 4 vintage carriages, apparently empty, as far as could be seen, as well as the 2 service trains worked by 138 and 87. Contrary to the weather forecast it did not rain and ten volunteers had an enjoyable day. Two other volunteers started the installation of a manhole at gasworks siding.
17/18th June 2011
This weekend's North Wales / Black Hand Gang task is replacing the points at the South end of Hafod y Llyn loop where ex-South African set is being replaced by a set of new S30 points. At the time of the first two pictures the old points had been taken out and half the new points placed in position. By the end of the first day the new ones had been inserted and the rails cut as the new points are longer. The points were rough shovel packed so that the 'main line' could be restored to running order ready for the next day's trains, albeit with a 5 mph temporary speed restriction while work continued. The gang finally withdrew in heavy rain. By the end of Saturday 18th June the loop line had been re-connected and re-aligned, and Kango tamping had started on the new point. Work will continue on 19th June. Pictures by Steve Broomfield and David Firth
21st June 2011
The Tuesday Gang returned to the site on the 21st June to repair fencing that had to be removed to allow machinery access for the renewal of the points. Steve Broomfield's pictures below show the completed point installation there.