Eleven years after the famous 1951 'Bristol Meeting' that lead to the formation of the Ffestiniog Railway Society, another meeting took place at the same venue to launch the FRS Bristol Group. This took place during a period of great change on the Ffestiniog Railway.
Since 1962, the Bristol Group has supported the railway in a variety of ways. Working parties have given way to individual members volunteering in a variety of roles on the railway, the sales stand that was familiar at traction engine rallies in the early years will now be seen at model railway and engineering shows. Talks by other railway and heritage organisations are still popular as are presentations on 'in house' topics. Early film shows to large audiences have given way to talks to a wide variety of local organisations such as railway societies, Probus, U3A and the Women's Institute.