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The 75 Appeal

Preserving our Past, Building Our Future

The 75 Appeal will be officially launched in March 2024 with the aim of raising £500,000 over five years (£100,000 a year) to support our major redevelopment project.

After nearly 75 years since the Talyllyn became the World's First Preserved Railway it has become clear that in order to ensure the Railway thrives for the next 75 years we need to replace some of our facilities which have become time-expired and/or inadequate, as well as providing improved accomodation and attractions for our passengers. Therefore, we have launched the Preserving our Past, Building Our Future redevelopment the initial development phase of which is being funded by a grant from the National Lottery Heritage Fund.

The aim of the redevelopment is to provide:

  • New engineering facilities at Tywyn Pendre.
  • New carriage storage and dedicated maintenance facilities.
  • A paint shop that can be used year round.
  • The refurbishment of the historic locomotive shed and workshop.
  • Visitor access to the original workshop area.
  • Additional and accessible Volunteer Accommodation.
  • An accessible and more visible entrance to Wharf station building.
  • Enlarged shop, cafe and meeting room facilties.
  • Additional attractions helping visitors understand our history and heritage.
  • A community engagement programme to increase the number and range of visitors.

This is an ambitious multi-phase programme to be achieved over a multi-year time period. To help fund this we are planning to submit applications for subtantial grants from the National Lottery as well as other bodies, trusts, etc. Our status as part of a World Heritage Site and also the award of development funding from the National Lottery gives us great confidence that this is achieveable but we need to partly match this from our own resources.

Therefore, we are launching the 75 Appeal to support this vital redevelopment project. As well as one off donations we need regular givers to become part of the '75 Club' of regular donors. More details of this can be be found on the 75 Appeal page at:

You can donate on-line on this page or you can send a cheque make out to 'Talyllyn Holdings Ltd' to Tywyn Wharf station, please mark your cheque on the reverse '75 Appeal'. If you are able to 'Gift Aid' then please include one of our donation forms with your cheque. You can download one here:

In the event that the redevelopment does not proceed the monies will be used for the ongoing preservation of the Talyllyn Railway.

Any excess funds will also be used for the ongoing preservation of the Talyllyn Railway.


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Here's to the next 75 years

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