Over £250,000 in development grants have been awarded to the Talyllyn to Tywyn Railway and Brecon Cathedral by the National Lottery Heritage Fund.
The narrow gauge railway has been awarded £110,000 for its Talyllyn Railway: Preserving Out Past, Building Our Future project.
Meanwhile, Brecon Cathedral has received £158,297 for its People, Passion, Priory: Brecon Cathedral, The Heart and Soul of Community project.
These grants will allow both organizations to plan their projects and apply for funding for implementation.
The Talyllyn Railway: Preserving Our Past Building Our Future project aims to increase revenue and provide financial security by attracting more visitors.
As part of the plans, the main station building would be remodeled and the shop and cafe upgraded.
A new engineering work would be built as well as an exhibition on the history of railway engineering installed.
Stuart Williams, Managing Director of the Talyllyn Railway Company, said: “The Talyllyn is proud to be the world’s first preserved railway, part of North West Wales’ slate heritage. We want more visitors, as well as the local community, to experience this unique line and understand its heritage.
“Through the project, we will increase our interpreting and key facilities, while providing volunteering opportunities to a wider range of people with different skills.
“The railway has grown considerably since it was preserved in 1951 and, thanks to the National Lottery Heritage Fund, we can approach our 75th anniversary with the certainty that it can thrive, improving the local economy and regional.
At Brecon Cathedral, their project aims to attract more tourists with a new exhibition, digital walkway and a range of events and activities.
The Very Reverend Dr Paul Shackerley, Dean of Brecon, said: “Everyone at Brecon Cathedral is absolutely delighted that we have received this support thanks to the National Lottery players. It will transform our cathedral and what we can offer our local community and those who visit us from afar.
“The support will allow us to establish a national heritage skills training program, interpret our rich and vivid history for new generations, and provide equal access to our building for all.”
Andrew White, Wales Director of the National Lottery Heritage Fund, said: ‘Heritage is for everyone and it can be anything from the past that you appreciate and want to pass on to future generations and the National Lottery Heritage Fund is one of Wales’ leading funders. heritage organizations and heritage projects.
“We are delighted to award project development funding to these two exciting projects. This will allow both organizations to develop their plans so that they can apply to us at a later date for additional funding to carry out these projects.