This section was built under Phase 4 of the railway's
rebuilding and was the last of that phase of the reconstruction. The
section carried its first passengers as part of the Supporters Charter
trains and the Platelayers Special for those helping with the
construction over the weekend of 30th and 31st October in 2010. The
construction details for the section can be found using the link
The first of the work to be reported on this page is that of
improvements to the foot crossing alongside Llyn Bach. This was being
remodeled by the Tuesday Gang on 16th November 2010.
Work is now well
advanced on modifying the points and signalling at Harbour station to
provide for WHR operations next year. The pictures by Andrew Thomas
show the point rodding and signalling work, including the new
blockshelf over the frame. The new fencing on the footpath
side of the WHR is also shown. Photos by Andrew Thomas.
30th November 2010
The Tuesday Gang
were at work today on the final foot crossing. Tony Baker
Today we started our last
level crossing. LC 58:36. This is on the currently closed footpath from
Pen y Mount to Porthmadog, cut by the bypass work. The first job is to
install the crossing timbers. These are cut to size on site and have to
fit round the sleepers and rail fixings. We completed the inner timbers
and started the outer timbers. About 2 hours work remains to finish
this stage. Then the CCT grids will be installed and finally the
signage. Our understanding is that the construction company
hand this final length over on the 1st Dec 2010
Pictures attached show the cutting and shaping and the state we left
it in for now:
1st December 2010
pictures of the
new installations at Harbour station, courtesy of Phil Brown.
The pictures show the new blockshelf, point
mechanism, and the signalling relating to the Britannia bridge
crossing, including the stop boards and controls
for the crossing. The actual key to operate the switches forms
part of the token. Commissioning is planned to be completed by the end
of the second week in December after which testing and training will
commence. The plungers on the blockshelf will operate
backlocks on the frame and from left to right are planned to be:
Acceptance for in-bound
WHR disc signal
Yard Exit signal
Cancel for the previous ones.
Main points release
WHR points plunger and indicator (inside locked block).
and night time tests were carried out yesterday for an
independent crossing audit led by Arup, with representatives
North Wales Trunk Road
Agency, Gwynedd Police and
Porthmadog Town Council present. The audit was a routine procedure in
advance of the change of status of this road once the Porthmadog bypass
is opened. Some trains also continued on to Pont Croesor for driver
training. Photographs by Andrew
Thomas show the train topped and tailed with Vale of
and Merddin Emrys:
The video by David Meggers
shows the test run in daylight:
14th December 2010
The Tuesday Gang continued with work on the last level
crossing LC 58.36, the currently closed footpath at Pen y
Mount. Tony Baker writes:
The crossing timbers were completed and one side of the CCT grid
was completed. All being well this will be finished off next week which
will wind up their phase 4 work. The weather and various illnesses have
taken their toll and the last couple of weeks have seen
numbers fall to 6. It was however, a glorious sunny day today and the
last rays of the setting sun striking the Moelwyns was something to be
Work continues all
time on the Porthmadog by-pass and the
following photographs from Alasdair Stewart show the progress
on the abutments for
the bridge over the WHR ay Pen y Mount.
26th January 2011
Concrete has now
been poured for the eastern abutment of the bypass bridge. The bridge
will be known within the railway as Pont Bodawen:
9th February 2011
Today the Porthmadog By-Pass contractors were removing the sheet piling
alongside the 'new' bridge piers - the pictures below show this in
Unfortunately, removal of the piling beside the WHR main line caused
the 'near' rail to drop by some 20mm, so the Rest Of The
World Gang were summoned from Ffridd
Isaf, to sort out the problem urgently as the Sherry & Mince
were running. Report by Steve Broomfield
15th February 2011
A detachment of the Tuesday Gang transported and erected the
temporary crossing-keeper's hut at Cae Pawb. The
transport was by courtesy of 'Moelwyn' and a 'B' wagon.
This was in addition to the Tuesday Gang's main activity.
This video by John Wooden
shows how the hut was delivered. It also gives an unusual view of the
from Harbour station to Pont Croesor including an update on progress
with the bypass:-
With the abutments now
completed the installation of the bridge deck commenced on the 15th
March 2011. The pictures below from Alasdair Stewart shows the work in
progress. It was intended to place all the beams onto the East abutment
by the end of the following day, the 16th March. After that the crane
will move round to the west side to commence the installation of the
beams there. That work will go into Friday after which work will start
on splicing them together. Smoke deflector plates will be craned in
from the top rather than working on plant sitting on the ground
on assembling the deck supporting beams continued during the week. By
the Thursday of the following week they were having their bracing
pieces attached. This is highlighted in the middle of the three
photographs from Alasdair Stewart below.
the rest of the gang working at Coed
members of the Tuesday Gang were deployed to rework the 'Council
Crossing' at Llyn Bach in Porthmadog. The centre timbers were fitted
with more substantial coach screws and were then planed, in order to
reduce the height to that of rail level.
18th/19th October 2011
New walking route constructed
for FfR/WHRstaff at Cae Pawb to access the control cabinet
On the Tuesday a small party
of the Tuesday Gang went down to Cae Pawb with the materials and
prepared the site for the main task on the Wednesday. The task was made
possible by the cooperation of the Welsh Highland
Heritage Railway who kindly allowed us to approach from Gelerts
Farm yard . Access through from the WHHR to the
WHR was made by removing a fence panel and
building a ramp up which to barrow the slate fines to the site.
The new footpath across the Network rail lines at Cae Pawb
was constructed on the Wednesday by the WHR Tuesday Gang, two
D of E volunteers and two Rail Track
staff, together with the help of Ian
Hartill who managed the project. One-day passes were required for all
the construction staff . The
section on the standard gauge was built by the NR staff out of a
plastic-like material which was slip proof. The WHR
sections on the sides leading to the WHR
gates consisted of wooden frames built on site and filled with
fine sand wacker-plated after laying.
Report and pictures by Tony Baker and David Firth.
20th October 2011
was started at Harbour Station to widen the Cob to
the proposed WHR platform. A digger was in action today preparing the
ground. See Harbour
station for further information about works to widen the Cob
and remodel the station
15th November 2011
The Tuesday Gang's task this week was to deal with a dip in the track
at Penymount Junction. A preliminary survey found that between the
level crossing LC 58.11 and the junction points there were in fact 2
dips which were both at rail joints. The first step was to remove the
fishplates, clean and grease them and reinsert leaving the bolts loose.
During this process it was noted that on one rail the gap was very
tight so that had to be dealt with first. Then a set of sighting boards
was set up and the dips were jacked up and kango packed one at a time.
By the end of the afternoon all looked a lot better. A revolutionary
new type of kango bit was successfully trialed at the same time.
Pictures by Tony Baker of greasing fishplates and jacking and packing.
6th November 2011
Gang continued with fence maintenance. Taking a works train they made
their first stop at the foot of Nantmor Incline and attempted to make
the sides of LC 50.27 sheep proof. They then proceeded to Portreuddyn
"Teletubbie Bridges" where the right hand fence was suffering the
attentions of Welsh Black Cattle. As usual when faced with this problem
they added sturdier posts in between each pair of existing posts put in
by the contractor in 2007. Fifty eight new posts were added in all.
11/12th December 2011
the week commencing 4th December the
haul road across the tracks which
had been installed for the construction of the Porthmodag bypass was
removed by the contractors and the trackbed reinstated. Over
weekend of 11-12/12/11 a combined team of volunteers from Rest of the
World Gang and WHHR relaid the tracks. Both main lines were reconnected
and ballasted and the two WHHR sidings were reinstated. Twenty
seven tonnes of ballast which had been delivered to the site from
Minffordd Quarry and was used to pack sleepers, fill cribs and provide
a ballast shoulder.
Some further works remain to be carried out by
the contractors at the haul road site including reinstatement of
fencing and the public footpath as well as the rebuilding of the wall
of the former transhipment wharf.
13th December 2011
Tuesday Gang were at work again reinforcing fencing near Portreuddyn
between the "Teletubbie Bridges". Picture by David Firth
29th January 2012
A Ffestiniog Railway works train travelled from Minffordd to
Gelerts Farm carrying telegraph poles - a gift to the Welsh Highland
The F&WHR had agreed some time ago to donate telegraph poles to
WHHR as a goodwill gesture to replace the two that they had to lose as
a result of the bypass works. They needed these to complete their pole
route over the site of the now removed haul road.
The S&T works train stopped either side of Cae Pawb en route to
replace the current signals, which suffered from glare in certain
conditions. Improved dual aspect LED units were fitted in their place
in time for the next running of Welsh Highland Railway trains during
the upcoming half term week.
Report and pictures by Andrew Thomas
Tuesday Gang South report that the following were carried out:
1. Pont Croesor to Pen y Mount - all missing ERCs (Elastic Rail Clips)
2. Pen y Mount foot crossing - gate latches removed, closure chains /
3. Y Cwt, Snowdon Street, Britannia Bridge - 'red' ERCs (Elastic Rail
Clips) pulled in to correct positions.
Tuesday Gang South activities included evaluation of fencing jobs at
Llyn Bach and alongside Gelert's Farm.
in consultation with Julian Harrison and Chris Mace, to attach mesh
fencing on the car park side of the Llyn Bach 'straight', in order to
reduce the accumulation of litter on WHR 'territory' (as currently
Secondly, in discussion with Stuart McNair and Graham
Farr (WHHR), to prevent unauthorised access onto both WHR and WHHR from
the public footpath (soon to be re-opened)...more mesh fencing to be
Report by Steve Broomfield
Tuesday Gang South.
three-strong team this Tuesday, working at Llyn Bach, completed the
attachment of two additional fencing rails all the way from
'Wilkinsons' Crossing' to the 'Council Crossing'.
this week, they plan to carry out similar work, from the 'Council
Crossing' to Snowdon Street and also add some more support rails in the
vicinity of both crossings.
Next week, they plan to start
adding the wire mesh fencing on the car park side of the 'new' fencing
rails - it is thought that this will take a couple of weeks (at
Following that, there is some more wire mesh fencing
to add, in the Gelerts Farm area, where the ("shortly to be re-opened")
public footpath runs alongside the railway..
Report by Steve Broomfield
Over the last two weeks Tuesday Gang South have been engaged
in constructing a wire mesh fence on the car park side of the Llyn Bach
'straight'. Last week, the wooden fencing rails were attached
to the posts. Today, the wire mesh was fitted to these rails,
starting from the Wilkinsons' Crossing and ending short of the Council
Crossing. Next week, they intend to complete the
task, i.e from where they finished today to Snowdon Street
and around the two crossings. Thanks to Tony Williams for
organising the welding of their ad-hoc fencing tensioner, which proved
most effective. Report by Steve Broomfield
Tuesday Gang South completed the mesh fencing
between Wilkinson's and Snowdon Street
3rd April 2012
Tuesday Gang South completed the following wire mesh fencing:
At Gelert's Farm, between the footpath and the WHHR 'shed'
At Gelert's Farm, between the footpath and the WHR 'main line'
At Wilkinsons' Crossing, on the Llyn Bach side.
Tuesday gang erected blue barrier fencing to protect the work site
during erection of the signal box at Pen y Mount. Pictures by
19th May 2013 Pen y Mount signal box
The base for the signal box at Pen y Mount Junction was
prepared earlier this month and the flat packed signal box delivered to
the site from storage at Dinas. The original suppliers have now erected
the box in its final postion at the junction. The box was funded by the
Welsh Highland Heritage Group and is a replica of the Cambrian