2018 best year for a decade at the Talyllyn Railway

steam locomotive no. 6 douglas in its new RAF livery
Credit: Narrow Gauge World

The Talyllyn Railway has announced that it has had the best year for passenger numbers in over a decade.

93,822 journeys, representing 48,857 passengers were made on the line during the year, the highest number since 2007.

Passenger numbers have increased by 7.1% over last year.

Additionally, the railway has achieved an all-time record for income with an increase of some 13% over 2017, with the cafés achieving a 16% increase in revenue.

Among the highlights of the year were the celebrations centering around locomotive No.6 ‘Douglas’, which had its Centenary in February. Douglas was repainted into RAF blue to celebrate and then went on to visit RAF Cosford and the North Yorkshire Moors Railway during the year.

The Talyllyn Railway is building on its 2018 success with a similar running schedule in 2019, operating on 251 days and running several special events throughout the year.

What did the officials say?

The Railway’s General Manager, Stuart Williams, says:

“The performance this year has been very pleasing both in terms of passenger numbers and revenue. The combination of offering a unique journey to our customers, special events and creative marketing have seen strong performance all round. We have also engaged with our local community which has benefited the café sales in particular. The extra revenue has allowed us to purchase new equipment for the engineering works, take on our first two apprentices and invest in Solar Energy to help offset increasing energy costs.”

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