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Join the Society
To join the Talyllyn Railway Preservation Society (TRPS), please complete the membership form and either send it with your subscription to the address shown or hand it in on the Railway (existing members please renew here). You may pay either an annual subscription or a lump sum for life. There are special concessionary rates for Senior and Junior members and for members of the same family after the first adult. Extra donations are of course always welcome.
What Does our Railway Get?
- Your subscription will help to keep the wheels turning.
- If you decide to become a volunteer, your help and efforts will be most welcome.
- Your word-of-mouth endorsement is the most valuable publicity the Railway can have. A new friend.
Supporting the 300 or so members of the Society who enjoy voluntary work on the railway are others of us who organise events in our home areas to publicise the Railway and raise funds. There are almost 3700 of us and our membership subscriptions and donations are vital in balancing our Railway's books and our informal publicising of our Railway is of incalculable value in increasing passenger numbers.
What do you get out of it?
- The opportunity to enjoy practical voluntary work on the Railway.
- Activities organised by the local area group near your home.
- Good company and new friends of every age.
- Free third-class travel on the Railway by advertised public services and certain travel facilities on the Ffestiniog Railway.
- The Talyllyn News, a high-quality illustrated quarterly magazine keeps members informed of developments and changes at the Railway.
- Trackside is tailored to the interests of younger members.
- Admission to the Society's Annual General Meeting where you can use your vote to influence the future of the railway.
How the Society functions
The Talyllyn Railway Preservation Society has real and effective control over the Talyllyn Railway. The Society's Council of twenty, half subject to re-election at each year's Annual General Meeting, nominates three directors to the Board of the Talyllyn Railway Company. The other two directors are appointed by a descendant of Sir Haydn Jones, the former owner of the line.
The Board tends to deal with employment, legal and health & safety matters while the Council takes most other major decisions. Various committees deal with the details of certain aspects of the Railway. Local area group committees organise activities in their regions virtually autonomously and a Young Members' Group looks after the interests of the 14 to 25 age range.
Donations, Legacies and On-line Fund-raising
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