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.

The Sir Haydn Appeal – we need to raise a further £70,000

Can you help?  Please donate to the Sir Haydn Appeal

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

Sir Haydn was built by Hughes of Loughborough in 1878 for the 2ft 3ins gauge Corris Railway.  In 1951 it was purchased by the embryonic Talyllyn Railway Preservation Society for £25, and it has worked on the Talyllyn ever since.  In April 2012, No.3 Sir Haydn bowed out of service on The Talyllyn Railway as its boiler certificate expired.  In 2013, the locomotive toured the UK showcasing The Talyllyn Railway.  In November 2015, ‘Sir Haydn’ was moved to the Aberystwyth Works of The Vale of Rheidol Railway where work to assess its condition will take place.

The work that has been found to be needed is costly and extensive.  We need your help in ensuring Sir Haydn can return to steam over the next few years.