Festiniog Adventure - The Festiniog Railway's Deviation Project
The Festiniog Railway's Deviation Project Brian Hollingsworth About 20 years ago the construction of a hydro-electric pumped storage scheme for the Central Electricity Generating Board inundated the track of the Festiniog Railway at a place called Tan-y-Grisiau in North Wales. At the same time a dedicated group of enthusiasts were trying to restore this famous narrow gauge railway right through from Porthmadog to Blaenau Ffestiniog. This book tells the story of how the National Electricity Goliath rode rough-shod over the aspirations of this railway David; and how, as in the Bible, in the end David triumphed over Goliath, in this case taking him to court for six-figure damages. More importantly, it tells how a dedicated band of volunteers known as the Deviationists spent 13 years building a new and complicated 21/2 mile railway graded to carry the line around and above the works of the hydro-electric scheme. It included a long tunnel as well as the only railway spiral in Great Britain. When work began, the only power the Deviationists could bring to bear was that of their own usually sedentary muscles, apart from some dubious pneumatic assistance in drilling holes for blasting the rock. Later on, bulldozers, excavators and other plant as well as professional assistance were brought in to speed the work. Even so, it remains an extraordinary labour of love, and this well illustrated and light-hearted account of the struggles of the Festiniog's railway builders through the 1960s and 1970s makes compelling reading.
Hardback with dust jacket, 192 pages, black & white illustrations
Condition: Good/Very Good with a little fading to spine
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