Photo – Dave Jones
In April 2021, the Llangollen Railway Trust completed a deal with the Administrators of the liquidated Llangollen Railway plc, for an undisclosed sum, to purchase important assets belonging to the railway, along with the right to use the railway line. Thereby, the Trust had taken the first key step towards recovery, embarking on the journey to protect and preserve this beautiful part of our heritage and ensure the survival of this crucial tourist asset to Llangollen. As a tourist attraction we are crucial to the Llangollen area, attracting many thousands of visitors who contribute over £8 million annually to the local economy.
This is an arduous journey for the Llangollen Railway Trust. It is a registered charity (1046614), not a commercial concern, and relies heavily on the income from visitors and events. Following necessary restructuring after taking over, the Trust only started running trains again on 9th July with a Heritage Railcar Service limited to Berwyn. On completion of essential works to the line, Steam Trains recommenced to the full journey to Carrog on Saturday 21st August. Some events have had to be delayed until 2022. Therefore, income for 2021 is greatly depleted, compounded by Government’s Covid restrictions. The combination of these factors has had a devastating impact on our income and will continue to be so in the future.
Whilst The Trust is very grateful for the grant assistance from the Heritage Lottery Fund, Welsh Government and some other streams the combined income does not cover all of our outgoings. We still have huge challenges ahead.
Please donate generously if you can… the quickest way is online by using the Donate button below.
For taxpayers we can apply for 25% Gift Aid, at no extra cost to you, which makes this a very efficient way of giving.
Alternatively, supporters are invited to send cheques payable to Llangollen Railway Trust Ltd to The Station, Abbey Road, Llangollen LL20 8SN.
or via our Facebook page.