On Wednesday 19 October 2011 the Chesham Society will hear Richard Ogden speak about the Ffestiniog Railway. A supporter of the Ffestiniog Railway for some 35 years and a volunteer guard for almost 20 years, Richard Ogden will tell the fascinating story of the origins of the railway, its growth to a major carrier of slate, and also of tourists, followed by sad decline and closure after WWII. This is followed by the even more amazing story of the revival and rebuilding of the line, in the face of huge odds, to the thriving tourist attraction which brings considerable income to the Porthmadog area today. Fully illustrated with slides, the talk includes a substantial postscript about the associated Welsh Highland Railway, which has very recently fully reopened and is attracting even greater interest in the Narrow Gauge Railway scene in North West Wales.
Meet at the Chesham Town Hall at 7.30pm for coffee or tea and a biscuit for an 8pm start.