LLANGOLLEN Railway officials say local support coupled with its 'amazing' staff and volunteers has helped put it on the right track after what was a difficult year in 2021.

In March 2021, Llangollen Railway PLC announced it was not legally able to continue to trade with the company in debts of around £350,000.

Since then the Llangollen Railway Trust has been battling to save the heritage line and, in April of last year, completed a deal with administrators (Cowgill Holloway Business Recovery LLP) to purchase certain assets belonging to the railway along with the right to use the railway line.

Train services resumed midway through 2021 and by November, the new trust board stated the railway was in a 'healthy financial state'.

The latest Welsh Government announcement surrounding Covid-19 measures saw Christmas specials at the railway cancelled but, as we enter 2022, officials remain positive.

They are also hopeful that the long-awaited opening of the Corwen Station can take place 'soon'.

In a statement issued, they said: "As 2021 draws to a close we would like to say a huge thank you to everyone who has supported Llangollen Railway this year. Things were looking pretty bleak earlier in the year but, with your continued support and the hard work of our amazing team of staff and volunteers, the railway continues into 2022.

"We hope to run for a full season in 2022, Covid permitting. Details of special events will be announced in the not-too-distant future and, with a fair winter and the continued outstanding contributions from our Corwen volunteers, we can all cross our fingers that Corwen Station will open at some point soon too.

"We wish you all a safe and prosperous New Year and look forward to welcoming you back to Llangollen Railway soon."