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There is a warm welcome from the staff and volunteer’s of the Welsh Highland Railway which is one of North Wales premier attractions stretching from the historic Royal borough of Caernarfon, coast to coast across the foothills of Snowdon, and on to the harbour town of Porthmadog, a distance of some 25 miles.
This line was completed in 2011 after years of back breaking work by volunteers and is a credit to all of them.
The line from Porthmadog to Ffestiniog is the original line where the slate was brought down by ‘gravity’ trains (no loco) all the way from the mines to the port for export by boats.
Porthmadog, Gwynedd, LL49 9NF
Please help us to keep this wonderful railway running by visiting us, ride the trains, and listen to our public appeal. – Thankyou
We are delighted to announced the success, and the closure of the ‘Crisis Appeal’, which was set up to support the not-for-profit charity over the pandemic
Thanks to our generous supporters the appeal raised an incredible £440,000.
The emergency fundraising appeal went live at the start of the first lockdown in Spring 2020, to raise vital funds from the loss of operating and to ensure that the railway could operate as planned in the future.
Chris Price, General Manager: “It’s an understatement to say that this year has been challenging for us. Whilst we are now feeling more positive, Spring 2020 was a bleak time. When we should have been opening our doors for the start of the season, we were having to lockdown the railway, not knowing when we would run services again.
“The generosity of our members and the local community has been staggering; raising an incredible amount which will help get us back on our feet. From the whole team at the railway, thank you! We’ve had phenomenal support, and this funding has enabled us to retain our people and keep operating with plans for the future.
“The NYMR is extremely important to the region, both economically and culturally. Funding throughout the pandemic has meant that the Yorkshire’s Magnificent Journey (YMJ) project can carry on. This includes building its conservation and heritage apprenticeship programmes, lineside ecological conservation work, fuss free access for disabled visitors, expanding the railways learning offer and reaching out to individuals, groups and communities to share the charities passion for the history of the region through steam travel.”
In addition to the crisis appeal, the railway was further supported by the National Lottery Heritage Fund (NLHF) as part of its YMJ project, and was awarded £1.9m as part of the Government’s £1.57bn Culture Recovery Fund administered by the Arts Council.
The railway has also been helped with the reassurance of backing by its bankers, Santander, as part of the CIBLS loan scheme.