Volunteer appeal to help with Welsh railway project

Blaenau Ffestiniog Station
Blaenau Ffestiniog and Trawsfynydd Railway Society seek members for line restoration
Published Mon, 2017-03-13 14:16

Volunteers working hard to reinstate the old railway line from Blaenau Ffestiniog to Trawsfynydd are appealing for new volunteers.

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The ambitious project, taken on by the Trawsfynydd & Blaenau Ffestiniog Community Railway Company, along with a team of volunteers and investors, hopes to restore the seven-mile section of abandoned line in the heart of Snowdonia, North Wales.

Work has already started on clearing the line which is being tackled in sections. The society was given permission last year by Network Rail to clear the vegetation from the track bed, so they can eventually run a heritage railway on the line. All work carried out so far has been run by weekend volunteer forces, but the enormous task of clearing and surveying the line means new members are desperately needed.

The former line from Blaenau Ffestiniog station to Trawsfynydd has not seen a revenue earning service for 20 years, since trains used to run to the Trawsfynydd power station.  Under the proposals a new full-sized steam railway will run to Trawsfynydd, along the line last used to ferry nuclear flasks to the now decommissioned power station. The railway line was mothballed when freight trains stopped using it.
The society hopes to eventually attain charitable status which would let them apply for grants to develop the railway. If you can help, get in touch through the society's website.

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