The Talyllyn Railway, one of the 'Great Little Trains of Wales' lines, has launched an appeal to raise £200k for new train carriages.
The popular narrow-gauge railway in North Wales, which takes thousands of passengers a year from the seaside town of Towyn into the Fathew Valley, launched the appeal in order to build four new carriages which will increase its capacity and also double its capacity to accommodate wheelchair users.
The appeal was launched at a recent railway society meeting where a special collection raised more than £1100 and got the fundraising wheels in motion. The society hopes to have its first new carriage ready for service sometime in 2018.
The open carriages planned would allow passengers to enjoy the enhanced experience of travelling by train and, with wheelchair accessibility, would be able to accommodate all visitors to the railway.
Chairman of the Board, David Ventry said:
“Our open carriages have now been in service for over half a century and are very much enjoyed by our passengers in all weathers. They have served us well but are becoming increasingly difficult and time consuming to maintain. Replacing them gives us the golden opportunity to redesign the open carriages to provide access for all by making each carriage wheelchair accessible so that they can be enjoyed by all our passengers.”
The expected cost of this work is in the region of £50k per carriage and so the recently launched appeal has a set target of £200k. For more information visit the Talyllyn appeal page here.
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