No more trains for Penrhyn Quarry Railway in ‘foreseeable future’

By Cliff Thomas

THE Penrhyn Quarry Railway (PQR) in North Wales has ceased operating.

There has been no official statement despite various rumours, but stock started to be dispersed to other heritage locations during July. Then a statement on the railway’s Facebook page provided a little more information.

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Penrhyn Quarry Railway’s Felin Fawr station on June 25, 2016, when the line was visited by Ffestioniog Railway-based Hunslet 0-4-0ST Hugh Napier (left, with leased South Tynedale Railway buffet carriage) and De Winton 0-4-0VBT Chaloner from Leighton Buzzard Railway. CLIFF THOMAS

It read: “It is true that the Penrhyn team are moving from Felin Fawr, the railway is not being evicted.

“Over the past few weeks it has become clear that the railway could not continue at Felin Fawr due to circumstances beyond our control.

“We will be issuing a further statement once all of our supporters have been contacted and informed of what is going on.”

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The railway’s website was updated to say: “The Penrhyn Quarry Railway will no longer be running trains for the foreseeable future due to unforeseen circumstances.

“We thank everyone for their support and custom at the railway.”

Comments posted in relation to the Facebook statement implied that while PQR Engineering Ltd had left the Felin Fawr site the railway would remain in situ. However, the planned visit by Bressingham’s newly overhauled Hunslet 0-4-0ST Gwynedd from the end of August and encompassing PQR’s September 16-17 gala was cancelled.

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