Rheilffordd arfordir gogledd Cymru

This site is devoted to all things relating to the railways of North Wales: the main lines from Manchester and Crewe to Bangor and Holyhead, and the branch lines to Blaenau Ffestiniog and Llandudno, plus the connecting routes from Manchester and Shrewsbury, and the line around the Cambrian Coast. Local heritage railways are also within our remit. The site is purely a hobby, and has no connection to any rail company; we cannot be responsible for any travel problems you might encounter.


To email the site, please copy down the address above and type it in to your email program. Under no circumstances should this email address be published on the Web. Thanks for your cooperation.

Notes about contributions
Contributions of text and pictures for the Notice Board are welcome. Bear in mind, however, that we don't have time to publish everything received, nor will we always have time to reply thanking you, or explaining why your picture has not appeared. Sadly, the trains of today don't have the variety of the 1990s when this site began.

This is not primarily a photo gallery site, and preference will be given to pictures with informative captions, or those accompanying interesting articles.  You are welcome to send your favourite picture of a regular event such as the Holyhead - Cardiff train, Class 175s, etc; they may not always be published, but an especially good one will be used as the heading picture of each weekly update. Please note that pictures taken with flash, or from illegal positions, including platform ramps, will not be published.

Text should be in the form of a simple email, with the accompanying pictures as simple attachments. Embedded pictures in HTML, Word documents, etc. cause extra work.

We welcome press releases, newspaper articles etc concerning developments on the rail system in North Wales, particularly those which show the railway in a positive light. Contributions do not always have to be the latest news - historical features with three or four pictures and suitable text are also are also welcome.


When attaching pictures (which should be in jpg format) it will be a great help if you can use a file name which is all in lower case and begins with your initials and the date in YYMMDD format (year-month-day), and includes the loco/unit number and location if appropriate.

For example, if Fred Snurge sends a picture he took on 15 March 2010 of 57315 at Chester, the file name would be:


if there were two taken there, then the second might be


This helps a great deal with sorting out the pictures from different people when they arrive and avoiding accidental overwriting of pictures already on the web server.

Modern cameras use a very large file size for their pictures: if possible please send copies re-sized for email, ideally to 800 pixels wide. Microsoft Windows can do this using the 'send pictures by email' feature.

Text hints:

In text, please give the name of a loco after its number the first time you mention it, e.g. 57 301 Scott Tracy, and write dates with the simple number first, e.g. 25 March. No need for a year if it is the current one. If possible, don't use abbreviations only understood by hardcore railfans - don't worry about literary elegance, though! It also helps if you give the actual date of events, e.g. 13 April, rather than 'today' or 'yesterday' so that it make sense when pasted into the weekly update of the website.

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