THE Talyllyn Railway has welcomed local children to the railway as part of free school visits to the railway.

Pupils from Ysgol Penybryn and Ysgol Uwchradd Tywyn visited the railway earlier this month.

Lorraine Simkiss is the commercial manager at the railway. She told the Cambrian News what the pupils got up to, how they enjoyed the visits and how the visits were welcomed by pupils and teachers.

Lorraine said: “We have been working with local schools and welcomed lots of local school children to the railway.

“Pupils from Ysgol Penybryn have visited and were guided around the museum and given explanations on how steam trains work.

“Pupils from Ysgol Uwchradd Tywyn used the train for transport to Abergynolwyn as part of their activities week. The railway is always happy to support the local community.”

She added: “The visits were very welcomed by the teachers and pupils. It was wonderful for them to go outside of the school premises into a welcoming and friendly environment, to spend time together as a group and learn about the railway.

“The older children as part of their activities week went on a six mile walk which encouraged group participation outside of the school constraints and to spend some time in a different environment.”

Lorraine added: “They all had a superb time, the weather was good and they spent some much needed down time together.”