THE Blaenau Ffestiniog and Trawsfynydd Railway Society is looking for more volunteers to continue its “amazing project” to restore a seven-mile section of a former Great Western Railway branch line.
Work started on Saturday, 4 February, to clear a section of line at Maentwrog Road, Trawsfynydd, as part of the ongoing project to reopen the disused route.
The society has been licensed to clear the vegetation with a view of running a heritage railway by Network Rail.
The route that runs between Blaenau Ffestiniog and Trawsfynydd has lain dormant for 18 years, having last been used for transporting nuclear flasks from the power plant at Trawsfynydd in 1998.
While the general infrastructure has been kept in place, the line has become “heavily overgrown”.
David Herbert, the society’s chairman, said that work to clear the sections of lines is “progressing well”, but the society needs more members and volunteers to push the project forward.
“Section one, between Blaenau Ffestiniog and Cwmbowydd level crossing, is 97 per cent complete with very minor detail bits to be completed.
“These are in hand and the work completed has been to a very high standard.
“The work party has been made up of all volunteers with no previous railway experience and enjoy coming to the railway to learn new skills and to make friends with like-minded enthusiasts.”
The society is currently in the process of attaining charitable status which will “open up funding streams”, but currently relies on donations and volunteers to carry out the clearing work.
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