The 75 Appeal

The 75 Appeal was officially launched in March 2024, aiming to raise £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 we need to replace some of our facilities which have become time-expired, as well as providing improved accommodation and attractions for our passengers, to ensure the Railway thrives for the next 75 years. 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 redevelopment aims to provide:

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.

Do you want to help and make all of this possible?

You can donate instantly online, or join the 75 Club by making regular donations via Direct Debit – we’ll be posting regular updates about the project, designs and progress via the Talyllyn Blog, News and the project’s web page

Recurring Donations & the 75 Club

As well as one off donations we need regular givers to become part of the ’75 Club’ of regular donors. (For regulatory reasons membership of The 75 Club is only open to those over eighteen).

This will help show to the National Lottery and other funders/sponsors that we have people committed to giving to the project, and we can have confidence in our level of income not just for this year or the next, but through the life of the redevelopment.

You will be able to join the 75 Club from just £5 per month, by Direct Debit, for the life of the redevelopment (estimated at 5 to 6 years).

All members will receive the following:
+ An exclusive badge and certificate of membership.
+ Regular updates on the Redevelopment’s progress.
+ Access to exclusive videos about the Redevelopment.
+ Invitations to events where you can ‘Meet the Team’ and ask questions about what’s happening.

We also hope to be able to offer further opportunities as the Redevelopment progresses.