The Trawsffynydd and Blaenau Railway is a mothballed section of line that is unlikely to see any further freight use, the last train being some twenty years ago. However, a group has got together both from the local area, railway enthusiasts and from working and retired railway staff in order to bring back passenger traffic along the line as well as tourist traffic to enjoy the tremendous scenery that the line has to offer. The potential exists for youth and adult training in vocational areas such as engineering, hospitality etc.
In order to facilitate the engineering work that will be required as well as future passenger traffic, we want to purchase a suitable locomotive that can handle the differing requirements the line will place on it. Ex British Railways Class 08, number 08757 is available, highly suitable and in operational condition. With this in mind, we would like to raise £19,600 to complete the purchase and pay for the movement to a secure base that the locomotive will operate from.
The locomotive is currently based in serviceable condition at Crewe electric locomotive depot, pending sale.