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'Passenger numbers up' at world's first heritage railway

Locomotive No.3 ‘Sir Haydn’ returned after its overhaul. Credit: Ian Drummond

The world's oldest preserved railway is reporting increased passenger numbers and revenues.

The Talyllyn Railway, running from Tywyn to Abergynolwyn, opened in 1865 and was taken over by a preservation society in 1951.

The railway company says the figures are 'encouraging' with revenue outstripping increased costs. Financial Officer Garry Mumford told the preservation society's annual meeting there was evidence to suggest that the railway’s operating deficit could be reduced significantly by the end of the year.

There was a feeling that, in the last couple of years, the railway has made real progress. The improved finances, in particular, will enable us to prepare some definite proposals for projects that have long been talked about but had been stalled, although there is much discussion and thinking still to be done.

Overall, there is a sense that the railway is able to look to the future with increasing confidence.

– Ian Drummond, Chairman, Talyllyn Railway Preservation Society