Special Project Appeals

The Talyllyn Railway has a number of special projects ongoing.  Any donation, however small, helps towards meeting our target and we are very grateful for whatever you can spare.

Tamper Appeal

Thank you all for your generous donations, the tamper is full funded and is not far off being shipped from China.  Watch for updates on our social media!

Open Carriages Appeal

Our Open Carriages were built in the 1950’s as a quick and easy way to cater for the increasing numbers of passengers flocking to the Talyllyn Railway.  Since then, riding through the Fathew Valley in an Open Carriage has been an experience enjoyed by passengers young and old, two-legged and four… in all weathers! We are building four new Open Carriages with fully refurbished chassis. On top of which will be added completely new bodies, with a traditional appearance, but with an improved design and materials to reduce the level of maintenance required to maintain them, ensuring they are fit for the future.

At the end of 2018 we rented a industrial unit on a local industrial estate, and have equipped it as a standalone workshop.  Watch for updates.

April 2020:

The structure of the carriage is now complete, now for roof and panels!

Dec 2019:

The first carriage is really taking shape now.  The chassis and four sides are constructed.  We have ordered the curved roof beams.

Unfortunately the Covid pandemic has put a halt to this project, we hope to finish the first coach in 2021.

Corris Coach No. 17 Restoration Appeal

After nearly 60 years in service on the Talyllyn, the Corris Coach is in need of a major rebuild – the appeal was launched in August 2018 to raise £20,000, the response so far has been wonderful with over £15,000 raised.

April 2020

Stanegate have been making steady progress and the coach is coming back together nicely.  It will be back at some point this summer.


Due to the lack of a Local Workforce available to complete the project, the Corris Coach will now be sent away to Stanegate Restorations, unfortunately this will require more than the original £20,000 due to increased costs.

2021 Update

The carriage has returned to the Talyllyn – the arrival back featured in one of our Weekly Walkabout videos.

The coach is now safely in the paint shop and the final work is being completed, but again delayed by COVID!  It’s hoped to be back in service for 2021.

Ty Dwr Appeal – Target £4,000

The Talyllyn Railway is going to restore the original 1865 watering point at Ty Dwr – the appeal was launched in November 2018, the response so far has been very positive.

Explorations have taken place on site, and a mock up of the towers have been built to show the scale.  Work is hoped to commence in summer 2021.

Ty Dwr mock up

Sir Haydn Appeal

Many thanks to all of you who have generously donated over the years.  We are delighted that No.3 ‘Sir Haydn’ is now back at the Railway after being expertly renovated by the Vale of Rheidol works in Aberystwyth. The appeal raised over £130,000 – we are very grateful.  Here it is on it’s first passenger run: