Following changes to lockdown rules in Wales, limited outdoor volunteering has restarted on the Talyllyn Railway. Local volunteer and Outdoor Superviser Keith Theobald shares progress w/c 6 July 2020.

Flailing and strimming activities continue to move steadily up the line however torrential rain put paid to any Outdoor Gang Activity on Friday. The rain continued into the night and was still raining when I got up on Saturday, the rest of the day was showery and very windy.

So far as I was concerned Friday wasn’t wasted because I had a number of Permanent Way (PW) Inspections to write up along with the Dolgoch Viaduct examination report. The PW has now been fully inspected between the buffers at Wharf gates and the buffers at Nant Gwernol. Ty Dŵr Culvert and the viaduct have had examinations as well – images below.


A under railway culverts with water flowing through.
Ty Dŵr Culvert outfall. Photo by Keith Theobald.
A pillar under a viaduct.
Dolgoch Viaduct. Photo by Keith Theobald.

The flail mowing is now east of the rockface on Six Bends and the clean sweep lineside strimming is now in the Rhydyronen area heading east. Additional strimming and lineside clearance has now been tackled at Abergynolwyn where the drive, paths and the south side through the platform have all received attention. Encroaching gorse has been also been removed in Fach Goch Cutting. Large quantities of gardening waste have been centralised for disposal. The regular Outdoor staff gang have put a solid days effort in working on gauge maintenance in the Pendre – Brynglas section.

Images below – lineside vegetation management between the top of Brynglas Bank to Milepost 6

I would like to thank everyone of the locals who have made Summer Outdoor Week their own this year very much for all their hard work controlling the vegetation along the line. In any other year we would have strimmed the stations, loops and the play area at Abergynolwyn at least five times by now. Doing it all in one hit like we are doing this year makes for heavy going at times.

You will observe in the photographs that Social Distancing rules were strictly adhered to!

Thank you very much again to everyone who has contributed in any way it’s much appreciated.
Keith Theobald

Thanks to Keith Theobald for the article and photos.

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