The Blaenau Ffestiniog & Trawsfynydd (BFT) Railway Society's venture to restore the old line has reached a new milestone after their £5000 crowdfund target was achieved earlier this month.
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.
The BFT Society have been hard at work planning and carrying out line clearance after having been given permission from Network Rail last year. All work carried out so far has been run by weekend volunteer forces, but the enormous task of clearing and surveying the line means that funding is required to hire specialised equipment for much of the clearance. The £5000 crowdfund was achieved on May 1st, which will allow the society to use a wood chipper, speeding up the clearance and restoration dramatically. The Heritage Lottery Fund also pledged a further £2500 if the crowdfund target could be reached in time.
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.
If you would like to make a donation, the BFT Society crowdfund page will still be running until May 19th.
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