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Talyllyn Railway Aims to Save Lives with Defibrillators


Talyllyn Railway recently took delivery of the first three defibrillators which will be installed along the line.

Working in partnership with Achub Calon Y Dyffryn, which aims to increase the defibrillators available in North Wales, the railway has been raising money to purchase the life-saving equipment to be installed at various stations along the line.

Initially, the defibrillators will be installed at Wharf, Pendre and Dolgoch stations, but it is hoped to be able to add other locations. The first to be installed will be at Dolgoch Station and it is hoped to be able to hold an official commissioning as part of the railway’s Late Night Steam event on Saturday, August 25.

Training sessions will be held so that as many staff and volunteers as possible will feel confident to use the defibrillators.

Lorraine Simkiss the railway’s customer experience manager, who has been responsible for fundraising for the equipment, said:

“We are so grateful to all those who have contributed so generously to allow us to purchase these first three defibrillators, which include members of Talyllyn Railway Preservation Society and the Rotary Club of Tywyn. We actually hope they never have to be used, but if required, we believe they will help to save lives.”


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