The History of the line has been documented on many books and websites as well as a lot of information on this website, this page relates to the History of preservation attempts on the line itself since the bulk of the line closed following the last public train in 1961.
Colin Dale proposed to reopen the line in conjunction with plans to create a visitor attraction at Llyn Trawsfynydd in 2010 however no physical work was completed at the time and the project foundered amidst allegations of debts to suppliers of the cafe at the lake run by Colin Dale at the time.
Trawsfynydd Railway Company (TRC)
The second effort to preserve the line was also led by Colin dale in 2016 and eventually resulted in some rail clearance works being carried out on the line following granting of a gardening licence by Network Rail. These works were carried out under the entity of Trawsfynydd Railway Company. Sadly following several breeches of the licence restrictions the licence was pulled form the company in 2018 and the company was dissolved following the death of the owner of the company in 2018.
The TRC had some support in its efforts by the Blaenau Ffestiniog and Trawsfynydd Railway Society (BF&TRS) who raised the funds and supplied volunteer members to assist in line clearance works. However it was clear that the Society had little to no influence over the works carried out by the company and was unable to shape the direction of the TRS.
Bala & Ffestiniog Railway Heritage Trust.
The latest efforts to preserve the line were built out of an AGM held on the 3rd February 2019 at which the previous society was disbanded and replaced by the current Bala & Ffestiniog Railway Heritage Trust. All assets owned by the BF&TRS were transferred to the new Trust and a new future beckoned.
The New Trust made it clear that it was a long term project and that there would be a lot of paperwork and background work to be completed before the Trust was in any position to get working directly on the railway line and its efforts to date have concentrated on this as well as acquisition of the former station site at Llan Ffestiniog.