The new  fundraising information board (updated)

Photo George Jones

The Phase One end of the line

Progress to date

Left: Corbelling out to form the edge of platform 2 nearing completion.

Below Left: Track laid to the Headshunt buffer stops at the end of the line

Below Right: The base of the signal box with the embankment reinstated and flooring for the box under construction October  2017

 Photos - George Jones


Diagram created by Paul Reynolds

When the platform walls for the Corwen Central island platform are complete, they will have created a 160 metre long area to be in filled with spoil brought in and compacted. It is estimated that 1,000 tonnes of material will be required to create the platform area at a cost of £10 a tonne, as represented by the layers of red balls in the above diagram. The financing of this aspect of the station development is dependent upon voluntary donations.

Can you spare a Tenner to support the Corwen Central project? If so, please make a donation of £10 to the ‘Tenner for a Tonne’ Appeal : Llangollen Railway Trust Ltd, Corwen Central Railway Development, c/o Mr Paul Bailey, Dolwen, Bryn Eglwys, Corwen, LL21 9LY.

Click Here for a PDF Version of the donation form

Tenner for a Ton appeal.pdf

The headshunt and Buffer Stops at Green Lane Installed. This is the end of the Running Line and the completion of the 10 mile railway.

Photo George Jones

Corwen Newsletter October 2017 Part 1.pdf

Fundraising continues even though we are now operational through to the Phase One end stop. Fundraising for Phase 2, Corwen Central Station, 300 yards west of the present end of the line, continues.

Please help all you can. Cheques should be made out to Corwen Central Railway Development and sent to Paul Bailey, CCRD Treasurer at The Station, Abbey Road, Llangollen LL20 8SN

Please Gift Aid any donations, it makes a huge difference to us.

Other fundraising initiatives are also available for specific items or materials required for the project. For Instance “Tenner for a Tonne” for filling material (see panel below).

Also: Shares in Llangollen Railway PLC are available via the office.

Please phone 01978 860 979 for more information.

Fund Raising

It is always worth repeating the warning regarding the photography of trains on the Carrog to Corwen length. All the photos of trains on the running line have been taken from the footpath on the A5 road, which runs very closely with the railway for most of its length, NOT from the trackside.

A word of caution is appropriate though! The A5 is fast, busy, twisty and heavily loaded; and there are no safe parking places between Corwen and Llidiart-y-Parc.

The safe parking places are in the layby at Llidiart-y-Parc (just to the west of the village), and in the large car parks in Corwen where there are plenty of parking places.

In between, it is necessary to walk. The footpath is on the railway side, but not particularly wide. The A5 is already prone to accidents - please don’t add any more!

John Rutter - Webmaster

Photographing the trains between Carrog and Corwen


Work on the site by the volunteer workforce continued through the summer and into autumn tackling various aspects of the work as weather conditions allowed.

Starting at the western end of the site, the head shunt was extended out onto the end of the embankment at Green Lane, Corwen. This entailed building up the ground and the construction of a retaining wall to support the stop block/buffer stop, then laying one and a half panels of track from the end of the points for the loop line. The job was finished in early September when the Muscleman track lifting machine made several runs to bring the track into an initial alignment, pending top ballast and tamping when the track work is fully complete. The end result as seen from the road is a clear sign the railway has reached the end of the line, but the missing element is the Gap back at the former Welsh Water Access road and it will be a while before this is tackled as it remains the access point for the site.

Also tackled in August was the delivery of a redundant mobile classroom from St Asaph which was brought to site and installed adjacent to the subway access. It is currently receiving remedial attention to the roof and sides to make it water tight and will be refurbished as the station building once planning permission has been obtained from Denbighshire County Council. Meanwhile it is in store.

The main thrust of the work has been the creation of the signalbox base in a crater dug out from the northern side of the Embankment. Foundations were laid by the volunteers before contractors came in to build the base and sides using shuttering for a reinforced concrete structure the size of a mini-nuclear shelter, as some might visualise it. This took several weeks of activities as the project developed in stages but eventually the completed box was revealed in mid September.  After damp proofing the area around the front and sides, the void was in filled with some 800 tonnes of spoil to establish the widened embankment in the area where the points for the loop and siding will be eventually installed. The signalbox base has now gained a roof of concrete beams and blocks incorporating three RSJ beams which will provide the anchor points for the eventual installation of the signal lever frames. The result of all this effort is the provision of a basement room which will provide for locker space.

Costing some £30k, the base will be largely invisible to future train passengers as they enter the station but the back will remain obvious when viewed from the Water Treatment plant. To mark the completion of this challenging construction when the local Welsh Assembly member Mr Ken Skates visited on a tour of inspection he was encouraged to cut the tape to gain access to the new room which still needs fitting out. The actual signalbox remains in store at Carrog awaiting restoration if grant aid can be found to pay for the work.

Elsewhere the subway access up the platform level has received two flights of stairs with shuttering installed by contractors and concrete poured during early October. The question of providing disabled access is being assessed to allow for wheel chairs to be accommodated via the subway, an installation which will involve some added expense.

On platform 2 work has been progressing to lay the platform edging panels as recovered from redundant railway sites and about half the length is currently complete, whilst infilling of the area between the end wall at the western end has begun. Excavation of the footings for platform 1 is likely to be a task for the autumn. However the building of the water tower base at the eastern end of the site will be tackled next with the water connection from the borehole. A shelter for the borehole installation and pump is under construction utilising the recovered remains of a former lamp hut.

The challenge for the winter is to construct the island platform once the platform 1 wall is in place. This will involve the movement of upwards of 10k tonnes of spoilt as infill to create the platform area with provision for drains and cabling already being installed.

To continue all this work through to a completed terminal station requires resources – financial, materials and manpower and we continue to seek all three, although the financial aspect is the most relevant to a successful conclusion of the project in 2018. Support for the Llangollen Railway PLC’s Big Push share promotion will help; otherwise donations are gratefully received as detailed in the section below.

George Jones


Subway steps up to the platform cast

Photo - George Jones