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Our impressive collection of trains and locomotives will transport you back in time to the days of steam travel.

Our locomotives

PLEASE NOTE LLANGOLLEN RAILWAY IS CURRENTLY CLOSED.  WE HAVE NO TRAINS RUNNING FOR THE FORSEEABLE FUTURE AND NO BOOKINGS ARE BEING TAKEN. 

LLANGOLLEN RAILWAY PLC – IN ADMINISTRATION

 

Alan Coleman and Jason Mark Elliott of Cowgill Holloway Business Recovery LLP were appointed as Joint Administrators of Llangollen Railway Plc on 25 March 2021.

 

Creditors and shareholders will be contacted by the Joint Administrators in due course. 

 

The operating and engineering assets, together with the business potential, are currently being marketed for sale and should you have any interest in purchasing the business and / or assets,  please contact Michael Booth or James Hanson of Lambert Smith Hampton by email on mbooth@lsh.co.uk or jhanson@lsh.co.uk

 

Full details of the assets as being advertised by Lambert Smith and Hampton can be accessed using the following link : https://www.lsh.co.uk/assetadvisory/business-sales/llangollen-railway-plc

 

If you believe that you are owed money by the Llangollen Railway Plc, please send full details of your claim including your full name, postal address and email address and full details of the amount that you are owed, to Ben Gray at ben.gray@cowgills.co.uk or 0161 827 1200.

Alan Coleman and Jason Mark Elliott of Cowgill Holloway Business Recovery LLP have been formally engaged to assist the Directors with placing Llangollen Railway Plc into Administration.

The operating and engineering assets, together with the business potential, are currently being marketed for sale and should you have any interest in purchasing the business and / or assets,  please contact;

Michael Booth or James Hanson of Lambert Smith Hampton by email on mbooth@lsh.co.uk or jhanson@lsh.co.uk

Full details of the assets as being advertised by Lambert Smith Hampton can be accessed using the following link : https://www.lsh.co.uk/assetadvisory/business-sales/llangollen-railway-plc

If you believe that you are owed money by the Llangollen Railway Plc, please send full details of your claim including your full name, postal address and email address and full details of the amount that you are owed, to Ben Gray at ben.gray@cowgills.co.uk or 0161 827 1200.

If you are a shareholder of Llangollen Railway Plc please direct any queries to Ben Gray at ben.gray@cowgills.co.uk or 0161 827 1200.

Llangollen Railway Trust Ltd – Press release 16 March 2021

The directors of Llangollen Railway Trust Ltd have greatly appreciated the extensive and sensitive support of the media when the impending demise of the PLC was announced.  The coverage engendered much support from the general public for which the directors would like to express their gratitude.

We have also received much support from local MP, Simon Baynes and AM, Mark Isherwood, Denbighshire County Council and Llangollen Town Council, all of which is much appreciated too.

Whilst the PLC will go into administration or liquidation shortly, the Trust remains fully solvent and debt-free, and the directors will be considering the options over the next few days and weeks.  The first task is to preserve the line and then to bid for such assets of the PLC as limited resources will permit.  Directors and key volunteers are compiling a list of assets they consider essential for the continued running of the railway.

The Trust does own 3 locomotives as well as passenger rolling stock which, together with the Railcar and Diesel Groups, will be able to operate after regulatory, legal and licensing matters have been resolved.

The assets of the PLC are now effectively available for sale to the highest bidder.  Consequently the Trust needs to raise as much money as possible for this purpose in 3 ways:

  • Donations – the easiest way to donate is perhaps online at https://llangollenrailway.enthuse.com and click the Donate button, or via our Facebook page. For taxpayers, the Railway can apply for 25% Gift Aid. Alternatively, supporters are invited to send cheques payable to Llangollen Railway Trust Ltd to The Station, Abbey Road, Llangollen LL20 8SN.

Contrary to some comments in social media, every donation will be for the benefit of the

Trust.

  • Opportunity to acquire heritage assets – by bidding for the assets, such as rolling stock, individuals or groups have a unique opportunity to acquire heritage coaches and other items. It is hoped that, following sale, the items would remain on the Railway.
  • Thirdly, the opportunity to purchase one or more of the Trust’s steam locomotives – the Trust does not have the income or resources to own and maintain them. Sale of one or more, if completed quickly, would enable the Trust to be a more competitive bidder for the assets of the PLC.  Again, it is hoped that the locomotives would remain on the Railway.

We hope to be able to run trains again later this year but placing a timescale on that would be purely speculative at the moment.

The volunteers building Corwen station have made excellent progress, albeit necessarily slowed by lockdown, and we do anticipate being able to run to Corwen when the Railway reopens.

Shareholders of the PLC are reminded that any annual ticket allocation entitlements and lifetime passes will continue to be honoured.  Shareholders would need to join the Trust if they are not members already.

The directors would like to take this opportunity to appeal for members and volunteers to join what is one of the most scenic lines in the heritage movement.

“It is the aim of the directors to refocus the Trust as an outward looking organisation centred on delivery of a high quality visitor experience, and strengthen partnerships with external agencies to help develop our business plan and articulate what is unique about our railway, its situation and how it complements Llangollen, Corwen and the Dee Valley,” commented chairman, Pete Edwards.  “This will require a significant culture change at board level as well as elsewhere, as we look at how we tie in with the cultural life of of the Dee Valley and how we can enhance the events and locations for which Llangollen and the surrounding area are already well known.”

Anyone wishing to contact the Railway, please do so by e-mail at

commercial@llangollen-railway.co.uk and details will be passed on as appropriate.

Llangollen Railway PLC – Press release 1st March 2021

Formal announcement:

It is with great regret the directors of Llangollen Railway PLC have had to take the reluctant step of inviting the bank to appoint a receiver.

The company’s accounts show pre-tax losses of £330,601 in 2018, £329,175 in 2019 and £258,804 in 2020 (pre-audit).  A number of significant engineering contract disputes, all of which arose in the years prior to the current board taking over in October 2020, have crystallised in the last few days.  The claims against the company are compelling and are in excess of £250,000 in total.  There is no prospect of meeting these liabilities, even over an extended period.

As a result the balance sheet is now insolvent to the extent of £350,000 approximately, adjusting for intangible assets also.  In such circumstances the company cannot legally continue to trade.

The directors would like to acknowledge the considerable support of the Welsh Government through two significant grants, and NatWest Bank which, together with furlough payments, have enabled the company to continue to meet its commitments over recent months until now.

The Trust’s balance sheet remains solvent and there is some cash in hand.  The Trust board will need to take steps to negotiate with the receiver to try to secure the line and preserve rolling stock and infrastructure to the extent possible.  It is intended to recommence operations in due course but this is dependent upon legal and regulatory approvals, including licencing, all of which will clearly take time.

The directors very much regret the impact this will have on our staff and employees, customers, suppliers, locomotive owners and their organisations, and anyone else with connections to the Railway.  It is hoped to rehire many of our staff and employees and that it will be possible to maintain connections with many longstanding friends.

Customers who have purchased tickets in advance, including driver experiences, deposits for weddings and gift vouchers, will either be refunded (the monies have been reserved) or will hopefully be able to travel at a future date.

Where shareholders have ongoing annual ticket entitlements, these will continue to be met through the Trust.

Anyone wishing to make a claim in the receivership should contact the Railway by e-mail at commercial@llangollen-railway.co.uk and details will be passed to the receiver.

Anyone wishing to contact the Trust, please do so at the above e-mail address also.

If you would like to continue to support Llangollen Railway Trust please donate here

The railway is located within an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty (AONB) and this is evident as the train gently meanders through the Dee Valley. The views from our carriages are breathtaking and constantly changing from season to season, you will see the first spring lambs and the ever changing colours of the beautiful vista 

Come and visit Llangollen Railway and see how train travel used to be.

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Days out at Llangollen Railway

Experience rail travel as it used to be. Llangollen Railway is a great day out for all ages.

Berwyn station Llangollen Railway

The Line

Our Llangollen line takes you on a beautiful journey following the course of the River Dee through the idyllic Denbighshire countryside.

DOWT L Thomas at Platform

Our events

Throughout the year, the railway plays host to fantastic events for all the family; from meeting Thomas the Tank Engine, to Real Ale Experiences.

Afternoon tea 2

On-board Dining

Our beautiful restored carriages make the perfect setting for our afternoon tea experience, whilst absorbing the stunning surrounding area.

The Line

Our Llangollen line takes you on a beautiful journey following the course of the River Dee through the idyllic Denbighshire countryside.

Our events

Throughout the year, the railway plays host to fantastic events for all the family; from meeting Thomas the Tank Engine, to Real Ale Experiences.

On-board Dining

Our beautiful restored carriages make the perfect setting for our afternoon tea experience, whilst absorbing the stunning surrounding area.

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Weddings at Llangollen Railway

If you’re a train enthusiast or a couple looking for a wedding venue with character unlike any other, Llangollen Railway makes the perfect setting for your special day.

We can play host to your civil ceremony and your full wedding celebrations in our stunning suites. With unique photo opportunities to make memories that will last a life time.

Steve and Kim with loco and steam

Support Llangollen Railway

Volunteer

The running of the railway wouldn’t be possible without the support of our incredible volunteers. Find out more about how you too can get involved.

Shareholders

If volunteering isn’t for you, becoming a shareholder allows you to support the running of the railway in a more anonymous, completely financial way.

Membership

Joining as a member allows you to support the running of the Railway, whilst taking advantage of concessional travel as well as many other benefits.