Railway enthusiasts are set to launch a fresh attempt at reopening the disused section of railway line between Blaenau Ffestiniog and Trawsfynydd in Snowdonia, North Wales.
The Trawsfynydd Railway Company lost their Network Rail licence to clear the seven miles of disused track last summer when a bridge suffered damage during the clearing operations. An investigation was launched by Network Rail after the incident, who revoked the company's licence and ordered them to remove all clearance equipment after finding breaches to health, safety and environmental legislation.
The former line from Blaenau Ffestiniog station to Trawsfynydd has not seen a revenue earning service for over 20 years, since trains used to run to the Trawsfynydd power station. Under the proposals a new full-sized steam railway wouldl 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.
Since losing the Network Rail licence, there have been fears the project would go under, but both the Blaenau Ffestiniof Railway Society and the Trawsfynydd Railway Company have strong hopes they will revive the project.
An annual meeting will be held in the coming weeks as well as a preliminary discussion with Network Rail which could lead to the possibility of trains running along the line again. The two groups hope to put new legal agreements and safety and environmental systems in place to start again on the task of refurbishing the line, eventually to offer local residents and visitors a heritage centre as well as train services.
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