Rhiw Valley Light Railway

Become a Sleeping Partner (from Only 15)

The “Friends of the Rhiw Valley Light Railway” are delighted to announce the launch of their “Sponsor a Sleeper” campaign to help raise funds for the new lower extension to the RVLR.

This extension will add over 500 metres to the length of the current line and will feature a cutting, tunnel and viaduct. The proposed extension is shown in red on this aerial view.

Over 800 sleepers will be laid during the construction of the extension and at a sponsorship cost of just £15 each you can really help to make this exciting project happen.

This photo shows the new track which has recently been laid alongside the River Rhiw and is included to illustrate the quality of permanent way that will be constructed for the new extension.

Construction is scheduled for between the springs of 2013 and 2015 and the progress of the project will be diarised on the RVLR web site.
 
Each sponsored sleeper will be numbered with the sponsor’s name entered in to a register which will be displayed at the railway. In addition each sponsor will be presented with a certificate with their sleeper number(s) on it and as an added bonus each sleeper sponsored will have its number entered in to a random draw for which the winning prize will be a footplate pass on the very first passenger carrying train to travel over the new extension.

All the funds raised will be used to purchase the materials needed for the extension. The labour required will be provided by members of the Friends of the RVLR.  

The extension will feature a cutting and tunnel to be located in this area of the bottom field.

The new extension will then curve round down a moderate gradient before curving round to follow the river Rhiw to join up with the existing track. In order to allow for potential winter flooding the railway will be on a viaduct at this point.

  • Download a “Sponsor a Sleeper” application form here

Sponsor Now

Funding target: 800 Sleepers

17.9%

143 Sleepers funded so far

23 funders so far


The Friends of the RVLR have designed
a number of “rewards” as a way of helping to say “Thank You” for helping us with this project.


First Train Footplate Pass

Do you want to have a chance of winning the chance to be on the Footplate of the First Train to travel around the new extension?

In addition to your train ticket with each Sleeper Sponsored you will receive a free entry into a prize draw to win the chance to be on the Footplate of the First Passenger Train to travel around the new extension.


Lignite Reward (15)

Number Available 400 Sponsored 11

In addition to your entry on the sponsorship board and “Sleeping Partner” certificate if you sponsor 1 sleeper you will receive a ticket for a passenger carrying train on the 2nd or 3rd day of operation over the new extension.

In addition you will receive 1 entry in the “First Train Footplate Pass” prize draw.

This reward is limited to 400 places.

Download a sponsorship form

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Bituminous Coal Reward (30)

Number Available 120 Sponsored 3

In addition to your entry on the sponsorship board and “Sleeping Partner” certificate if you sponsor 2 sleepers you will receive a ticket for the 3rd, 4th or 5th passenger carrying train over the new extension.

In addition you will receive 2 entries in the “First Train Footplate Pass” prize draw.

This reward is limited to 120 places.  

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Steam Coal Reward (60)

Number Available 40 Sponsored 1

In addition to your entry on the sponsorship board and “Sleeping Partner” certificate if you sponsor 4 sleepers you will receive a ticket for the 2nd passenger carrying train over the new extension.

In addition you will receive 4 entries in the “First Train Footplate Pass” prize draw and a year’s membership of the Friends of the RVLR.

This reward is limited to 40 places.

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Anthracite Reward (90)

Number Available 40 Sponsored 2

In addition to your entry on the sponsorship board and “Sleeping Partner” certificate if you sponsor 6 sleepers you will receive a ticket for the very first passenger carrying train over the new extension.

In addition you will receive 6 entries in the “First Train Footplate Pass” prize draw and a year’s membership of the Friends of the RVLR.

This reward is limited to 40 places.

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Graphite Reward (150)

Number Available 4 Sponsored 1

In addition to your entry on the sponsorship board and “Sleeping Partner” certificate if you sponsor 10 sleepers you will receive a footplate pass for a passenger carrying train on the first day of train operation over the new extension.

In addition you will receive 10 entries in the “First Train Footplate Pass” prize draw and a year’s membership of the Friends of the RVLR.

This reward is limited to 4 places.

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It is envisaged that all rewards will be delivered over a bank holiday weekend in 2015.