The Talyllyn Railway has completed the purchase of a major piece of property adjacent to the Railway. This includes the area known as ‘The Orchard’ which consists of 0.6 acres of overgrown land adjoining the yard at Tywyn Pendre. The sale also meant the acquisition of two cottages; one with two bedrooms and the other with four.
The principle reason for the purchase was to protect the Railway from any residential development that might have taken place there. However, it comes at an opportune time for the line as plans are being made for the expansion and improvement of its engineering facilities, and the new land may allow further options to be explored.
In addition the cottages may offer possibilities for additional volunteer accommodation which the Railway has also been looking to address. The current Llechfan accommodation is designed as ‘bunk house’ accommodation and refurbishment of the cottages may offer more flexible accommodation for couples and families, although no firm decisions have been made at this time.
Stuart Williams, the Railway’s General Manager, says:
“We have sought to purchase this property over many years and so we are delighted to have been able to acquire it at this time. This acquisition allows us to consider many options when it comes to engineering developments and the possibility of additional volunteer accommodation. However, having completed the purchase we don’t have constraints on time, and can consider all the options carefully in consultation with all the parties involved.”
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