The Talyllyn Railway had a record February half-term week carrying nearly 33% more passengers than the same period last year. Even Storm Doris failed to reduce the passenger numbers with trains able to keep running through the bad weather. Under the branding ‘Love It Local’ the Railway encouraged residents in the area to come and take a ride on the train and discover the facilities on offer. In anticipation of additional passengers the Railway ran more trains than it had previously run during the February half term week. There was also a range of children’s activities at Tywyn Wharf station. Saturday 25 February saw a ‘Try Your Hand’ day for those interested in volunteering for the many tasks that need to be done to keep the Railway running. The following week a band of intrepid volunteers were involved in a week of outdoor maintenance carrying out jobs on the track and elsewhere. They too kept going in the face of what were often appalling weather conditions to get the work done. General Manager, Tracey Parkinson, commented: ‘This is a tremendous start to the new season. We were worried when we saw the weather forecast for the week that passenger numbers might suffer, but thanks to our dedicated operating volunteers and those who maintain the infrastructure we kept the wheels turning. Our café was also busy serving food from breakfast time until the last train returned. It was great to see so many people enjoying themselves. We also signed up many new members for the Preservation Society and had several new volunteers, so we count the week as a huge success’. For further information about this press release please e-mail: pressoffice [at] talyllyn [dot] co [dot] uk or phone 01654 710472.