Telling the story of the Ffestiniog & Welsh Highlands Railways

For the first time, an important new project at Ffestiniog & Welsh Highlands Railways (FfWHR) will share and involve people in the story of the railway.

Storytelling will connect thousands of railway visitors with its history and the industry it served. Stories told on trains, platforms and guided tours will help people understand the area’s pioneering spirit and global impact and explain how the industry has shaped the landscape and community over 200 years.

Through building restoration and first-hand experiences, people will have the chance to delve deeper into the railway’s heritage. Workshops, training and volunteering will support people to learn new skills and become immersed in the living, working world of the historic Boston Lodge Works in Porthmadog.

We have been given an initial grant by the National Lottery Heritage Fund to develop a project that will share the heritage of the railway with more people, in new ways.

Please take five minutes to give us your view on how the project should develop.

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* 1. Do you live locally (defined as Gwynedd County)?

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* 2. Which community do you live in?

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* 3. How often have you been on the Ffestiniog  & Welsh Highland Railways trains/visited the stations, including your most recent visit?

  Never  Once Twice Three times or more
Taken a train ride on the Welsh Highland Railway service
Taken a train ride on the Ffestiniog Railway service
Visited Porthmadog Station
Visited Blaenau Ffestiniog Station
Visited Caernarfon Station
Visited other stations (Beddgelert, Tan Y Bwlch etc.)

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* 4. The historic Ffestiniog & Welsh Highland Railways have been serving the local community, industry and visitors for almost 200 years. To what extent do you agree with the following statements...

  Don't agree at all Don't agree Agree Agree very much
I know something about the history of the railway
I am aware of the technological innovations that began in my local area
I think that industrial heritage is interesting and accessible to the lay person
I am aware of my local area's own distinct history and heritage

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* 5. How interested are you in finding out about...

  Not at all A little Interested Very interested
How the railway has developed over 200 years
The global impact of the railway
The people of the railway
The development of the locomotives
The buildings of the railway
The nature and landscape around the railway
How the railway served the slate industry
What happens at the railway today

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* 6. My impression of the Ffestiniog & Welsh Highland Railways  is that...

  Don't agree at all Don't agree Agree Very much agree
I can learn about the history of the railway there
It provides an entertaining day out
It is a good place to take friends and family who are visiting me
It is affordable
It is a good place for local families to visit
It is only for people with an interest in heritage railways
It has the greatest appeal for men
The railway is not sufficiently accessible
The Welsh language is not prominent enough
Welsh language on display is written by native Welsh speakers

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* 7. My impression of the links between the Ffestiniog & Welsh Highland Railways and the local community is that...

  Strongly Disagree Disagree Agree Strongly Agree
The railway is important because of tourism but otherwise not relevant to local people
The railway is well-connected to local people
The railway supports local businesses
The railway runs in accordance with the needs and interests of local people
The railway is regarded by local people as one of the greatest assets in the area
The story of the local community is well told at the railway
Knowing about the history of the railway makes me feel proud of my local area
There are opportunities for me to get involved with the railway
The railway provides opportunities for me to meet other people
The local community receives special offers/discounts
My family has a direct connection with the railways' history e.g. workers/staff

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* 8. Boston Lodge Works is the Engineering Works which has served the Ffestiniog & Welsh Highland Railways since 1832. To what extent do you agree withe the following statements...

  Strongly Disagree Disagree Agree Strongly agree
I know something about the history of Boston Lodge Works
I know something about what Boston Lodge Works does today
I would like to find out more about Boston Lodge Works
I think the natural environment around Boston Lodge Works could be improved
I would be interested to visit Boston Lodge Works

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* 9. Do you know where Boston Lodge Works is located?

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* 10. A project is being developed to help people discover more about the railway and Boston Lodge Works. What would you be interested in doing or seeing? Please rate your interest level in the following...

  Not at all interested Little interest Interested Very interested
Welsh-language guided tours around Boston Lodge Works
English-language guided tours around Boston Lodge Works
Watching people working using traditional heritage craft skills/engineering/joinery
Hands-on experience in heritage craft skills/engineering/joinery
Learning how to work with steam engines
Attending a talk about the railway and Boston Lodge Works
Learning more about the railway's heritage and history
Learning more about Boston Lodge Works heritage and history
Volunteering to develop new information displays
Volunteering in heritage engineering projects
Volunteering to research the history of the railway and Boston Lodge Works
Meeting other people with similar interests

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* 11. If you would not be interested in visiting Boston Lodge Works or cannot contribute, please provide your reason/s...

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* 12. Do you have a personal connection with or story to tell about the railway or Boston Lodge Works? If yes, please specify...

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* 13. We are looking for members of the local community to help shape plans for the project. Would you be interested in helping? If yes, please could you provide your contact details...

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* 14. If you have any further comments or suggestions for how you might want to get involved with the railway, please let us know...

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* 15. How did you hear about this survey?

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* 16. Please could you tell us more about yourself. Are you...

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* 17. Please could you tell us more about yourself. Are you...

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* 18. Are you...

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* 19. Are you...

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* 20. Are you...

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* 21. Are you Welsh?

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* 22. Do you...

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* 23. In order to enhance our demographic understanding, could you please provide your postcode?

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