Special Appeals

The Talyllyn Railway often has special appeals for specific pieces of work.  Any donation, however small, helps towards meeting our target and we are very grateful for whatever you can spare.

Open Carriages Appeal – we need to raise £200,000

Can you help? Please donate to our Open Carriages Appeal

You can now Donate Online to the Open Carriages Appeal using BT MyDonate which accepts all major credit cards, and you can also ask for your donation to have Gift Aid added.

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 intend to rebuild our four 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.  The new design will make the Open Carriages Wheelchair Accessible for the first time and ensure they are fit for the future.

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: