The Talyllyn Railway has confirmed that its cafe at Tywyn Wharf welcomed back visitors this week for the first time since the COVID-19 restrictions were lifted.
Talyllyn Railway’s general manager Stuart Williams said visitors were able to enjoy a cup of tea or coffee and snack or meal in a picnic train that doesn’t move off the platform.
Stuart arranged for three open carriages to be brought down to Wharf where visitors can sit and enjoy their refreshments.
Wharf station already has an outdoor seating area under the station canopy.
“We’ve had a good first day, taking more than £200, which is good considering the rainy weather,” said Mr Williams. “We seem to be one of the few places open in the area where visitors can get a cuppa or a meal.
“We are restarting train services from 1st August and went live with the news and bookings on Friday morning. We have been overwhelmed by the interest, with more than 200 people booking on in the first 48 hours.”
For the first week of reopening, the railway will run one return train from Tywyn Wharf to Nant Gwernol.
From the 8th August 2020, there will be four return trains, but capacity on trains will be limited to 50%.
“Bearing in mind that we normally carry around 700 passengers a day at this time of the year, the capacity will be severely restricted, but it’s something we must do to keep passengers, staff and volunteers safe,” added Mr Williams.
“It will be a slightly different passenger experience, but at least our trains will be running again.”
When a train arrives back at Tywyn Wharf, staff and volunteers have 90 minutes to deep clean the carriages before use later in the day. There will be screens between compartments, and a fogging machine will be used.
Local MP, Liz Saville-Roberts, has agreed to flag away the first train to reopen the railway on 1st August.
An appeal was launched to help the line through the pandemic has raised £107,500 to date.
Get image downloads, Prints and Streaming Video
For the Latest Railway News
RailAdvent Online Shop
Railway Prints, DVD’s / Blu-Ray’s and more
LocoStop – The RailAdvent Community
Come and share your railway pictures
Mainline UK Steam Info
Upcoming mainline steam tours/loco movements
Visit their website