FIVE-YEAR-OLD’S SOCK CHANGE BOOSTS TA­LYL­LYN CAR­RIAGE AP­PEAL

Steam Railway (UK) - - NARROW GAUGE -

The Ta­lyl­lyn Rail­way’s £20,000 ap­peal to re­store ex-Cor­ris Rail­way coach No. 17 (SR484) re­ceived an un­ex­pected 83p boost this month – in a sock.

Five-year-old Owen Jones, whose fa­ther and grand­fa­ther are vol­un­teer fire­man and driver on the TR re­spec­tively, gath­ered all the loose change he could find in his house in a sock, giv­ing the ac­cu­mu­lated coins to his grand­fa­ther – Gareth Jones, also a mem­ber of the rail­way’s board – to do­nate to­wards the ap­peal.

TR Gen­eral Man­ager Stu­art Wil­liams says: “So far, we have raised over £4,000 to­wards the restora­tion of car­riage No. 17 in just over a month, but we still have a long way to go so ev­ery penny counts. We are very grate­ful to Owen for his con­tri­bu­tion. If ev­ery vis­i­tor to the rail­way gave us 83p we’d very quickly reach our tar­get. Thank you Owen, and the Jones fam­ily for your sup­port.”

Mean­while, the rail­way has de­cided that its four ‘new’ semiopen four-wheel car­riages will be built in-house, us­ing tem­po­rary premises on the nearby in­dus­trial es­tate. The rail­way said that the car­riages – re­place­ments for ex­ist­ing life-ex­pired stock – would be built by a con­trac­tor us­ing the ex­ist­ing frames (SR473).

Else­where, both Fletcher, Jen­nings 0-4-2ST Ta­lyl­lyn and 0-4-2T No. 7 Tom Rolt have been dis­man­tled for over­haul; No. 7 is ex­pected to re­turn to ser­vice next year fol­low­ing re-tub­ing.

The TR has es­tab­lished the re­quire­ments for its pro­posed new works on the Ty Mawr in­dus­trial es­tate. A lay­out has been es­tab­lished, a level sur­vey car­ried out and draw­ings are be­ing pro­duced. Fund­ing sources are be­ing in­ves­ti­gated.

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