WHHG

The Welsh Highland Railway Heritage Group

The Welsh Highland Heritage Group has the full support of the Welsh Highland Railway Company, The Festiniog Railway and the Welsh Highland Railway Society. It is now well established, with hundreds of members and many newsletter published.

Its aims are to 'locate record, categorise and preserve all buildings, bridges, mineral lines, quarries and all other artefacts associated with the former North Wales Narrow Gauge and Welsh Highland Railways with a view to their preservation, restoration and eventual re-incorporation in the rebuilt Welsh Highland Railway'.

The whole WHR trackbed has been surveyed and all the culverts, bridges and so on have been recorded on a 25" map, each with its own reference number.

The Group has been closely involved with the work on restoration, most notably of Dinas station building which has been sympathetically restored, to widespread acclaim, using original or matching materials, original pattern window frames, and new iron guttering cast to the original Victorian pattern.

The Group is determined that the character of the old Welsh Highland will be maintained and that, as time and money allow, the old buildings along the route will be restored to their original condition. Even buildings which have disappeared over the years will be rebuilt. For example a photograph has just been discovered which shows in excellent detail, the long-gone wooden signal box at Waunfawr. This would make an exciting project for re-creation.

Related projects include superb restoration work at Gelert's Farm, including old coaches, a weighhouse and an evocative replica of Nantmor station. They are all Welsh Highland.