Mid Wales

Tywyn's Talyllyn Railway opens doors to volunteers

Talyllyn Railway Image copyright Barbara Fuller
Image caption Volunteers at the Talyllyn Railway can try out a number of roles

People will be able to gain an insight into working on the world's first preserved railway this weekend.

Volunteers are invited to work on the Talyllyn Railway in roles including on the locomotives, as a guard, on the tracks and as a museum attendant.

The railway, which has operated since the 1860s out of Tywyn, was saved from closure by enthusiasts in 1951.

Ian Drummond, of Talyllyn Railway Preservation Society, said volunteers did not need to be railway enthusiasts.

Image copyright Barbara Fuller
Image caption The railway has operated since the 1860

"For many of our folk, volunteering on the railway gives a sense of contributing to something worthwhile which brings enjoyment to thousands of people each year," he said.

"Others love being part of a community or having the chance to build self-esteem. Indeed many have found that the experience they have gained on the railway has benefitted them in their careers."

Image copyright DARREN TURNER
Image caption Driving and blocking are two of the roles volunteers

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