West Gwynedd Railway
A fairly new model based on the fictitious town of Porth-y-Castell on the Llyn Peninsula in North Wales set in the 1950’s. The model is still being expanded and hopefully by Oct 2017 there will be two new boards! The town is on the coast and has a small fishing fleet and one of Edward I’s castles built to subjugate the native Welsh populace, along with Harlech, Caernarfon, Conway, Beaumaris and others. The railway was originally built to serve a local quarry moving its slate to the coast but the quarry almost completely closed many years ago and the only traffic now is local passenger and freight. A new line was built linking the town of Porth y Castell to Pwllheli crossing the Lyn Peninsula and linking to the standard gauge former Cambrian and more latterly Great Western Railway there.
The local bus services are operated by Crosville from their depot. The red boxes on the back of some of the buses are post boxes which were carried by many buses serving the more remote parts of Snowdonia and the Llyn Peninsula. All of the buses are types operated by Crosville in North Wales with some visiting coaches from other companies who were regular visitors to parts of North Wales such as Midland Red, Ribble and Southdown.
This will be only the second time the operating railway or its operators have been on display, so wish us luck. Feel free to ask questions, but if things aren’t going too well……..!
Martyn G Davies