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As Coronavirus continues to affect everyone’s everyday life, a number of railways are struggling too with no income and bills still to pay.
One of those railways is the Ffestiniog & Welsh Highland Railways, who have now launched an emergency appeal to the public to help.
Coronavirus has closed the Ffestiniog & Welsh Highland Railways, with no trains running between Caernarfon and Porthmadog, or Porthmadog and Blaenau Ffestiniog.
In a joint letter published this week from John Prideaux, Howard Wilson and Dafydd Thomas, the railway said that “we are using this letter to reassure you that we are doing everything we can to look after your railway”.
The railway has launched a video appeal, which is viewable below:
The company has focused on two objectives during the crisis – the welfare of staff and volunteers, and also the survival of the railway.
The railway has said that it will not operate any trains until after Easter – this being the earliest that the railway currently believes it can operator, however, an even longer shutdown is possible.
The Ffestiniog & Welsh Highland Railways has stopped all unnecessary expenditure, although, the wage bill for the railway stands at £2.5m. The railway currently has a turnover of £6.5m.
So, can you help this railway to survive? If you can donate, please find out how by clicking here.
This article first appeared on www.railadvent.co.uk
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