In April 1995 Prof. & Mrs Atkinson and Dr & Mrs Melton bought the line from the Ellerton family and invested heavily in the railway and Rowen Centre (taking no salary, or share dividend) in order to preserve the line. The line is still 12.25 gauge with a range of fine locomotives and carriages and well worth a visit.
The future of Fairbourne Railway is at stake
Following the death of its major benefactor, Prof Tony Atkinson, who covered its annual shortfall, the trustees are having to consider redundancies and a reduction to services. One person has already been made redundant and if the timetable has to be drastically reduced this will have a major impact on local businesses, including the Barmouth ferry service.
In 2009 the railway became a charity, "The North Wales Coast Light Railway Limited" and all loans made by the previous owners, Tony and Maureen Atkinson and Roger and Mandy Melton were written off.
The Fairbourne Railway Preservation Society is heading a major fund raising drive to ensure the railway's future. If you want to help secure the line for the future and protect all of the history this site illustrates, then contact the the current railway or visit their website