We’ve re-opened at last! Find out what happened on the first day of our operating season as No 2 Dolgoch took the first passenger train up the line for months.

It’s been a long time coming, but after some solid hard work from our staff and volunteers, we’re back. The green flag was enthusiastically waved by our local MP, Liz Saville-Roberts, and the 10:30 train left Wharf amid cheers and many happy faces, and maybe a tear or two of joy from the assembled crowd. Our top filming crew was on hand to see the train off.

 

Photos below by Barbara Fuller and show our Council Chairman, Jon Mann, Liz Saville-Roberts MP, David Ventry (Company Director) and Stuart Williams, our General Manager. A wonderful moment when Driver John Robinson put the lovely headboard up on to No 2 Dolgoch – thanks to the local volunteer who made it for us.

As the train headed up the line, people were lining the stations to wave and cheer as it went by. An odd experience for the crew! It just shows how much people have missed our little trains.

 

No 2 Dolgoch and train at Pendre Station.
No 2 Dolgoch and train at Pendre Station. Photo Steve Bowers.

 

Although the weather was typically raining in the morning, the sun came out for the 14.05 from Wharf – photos below.

Altogether, we carried around 86 people on both trains and it looks like most trains for the rest of this week are fully booked.

During the last couple of weeks, there’s been a lot of preparation leading up to today. Shakedown trains have chuffed up the Fathew Valley, checking the locos and carriages are fit to run. We’ve tested out running our passenger service to make sure all the cleaning and social distancing processes work. Our café and shop have re-opened and staff have gradually started work in other areas of the railway. Behind the scenes people have worked long hours to get everything in place ready for today. Thank you to everyone – #TeamTalyllyn 

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