The Phase One end of the line

Progress to date

Corwen Central Platform west end developments Feb 2018

Photo George Jones

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

Llangollen Railway Trust  The Station Llangollen LL20 8SN 18 December 2017


Volunteers working on the Llangollen Railway Trust’s major civil engineering project to build a new terminus at Corwen reckon they are just on half way to completion, with the prospect of opening for trains in early 2019.

The past twelve months has seen good progress with the building of a new terminal station near to the town centre at Corwen.  With the wall for platform 2 complete, the subway access from the car park has gained a flight of steps and the buffer stop has been put in position at the end of the newly installed track where the railway embankment ends at Green Lane.

The really big work element in the summer and autumn of 2017 was to excavate the northern side of the embankment to a depth of 10 feet and construct the foundations for the eventual installation of the former Weston Rhyn signalbox which awaits restoration in the yard at Carrog station. With the cast concrete foundation box complete, and the embankment in filled, the below ground space was fitted out as a locker room. This work has cost in excess of £35k and was essential to allow the embankment to be extended to provide for the location of the points to the station loop lines and access to a siding.

Most of this work was undertaken by the team of volunteers, with an average age of 68, aided by contractors when specific skills and equipment were required. For the current year 2017 the estimated value of the volunteer hours input to this project exceeds £200k, without which the project would be unaffordable. Aside from grant aid provided by the Welsh Government’s European development fund for rural Wales, which is paying for 80% of the cost of the platform, the remainder of the cost is being raised through donations and share purchase in Llangollen Railway plc. Since a Big Push Corwen share appeal was launched in April 2017, nearly £100k has been raised, but shares to a total of £250k remain available to support the completion of the Corwen project.

When the subway access was completed with steel doors at ground level, the project was fortunate to be gifted some the wooden paling fencing from Gobowen station where a renewal with metal fencing has taken place. The wooden fencing is now installed at the top of the subway as a safety precaution pending completion of the platform area and ultimate replacement with heritage railings recovered from a Great Western station near London. All this work has cost over £100K todate.

Looking forward to further progress in 2018, project leader, Richard Dixon-Gough, said, “In the New Year we will install the foundations for the water tower at the eastern end of the platform.  This will allow provision of the water supply from the borehole which was drilled in February 2017. A Pump House structure has been fabricated using mostly recycled materials and is now in place to secure the installation

“The building of the wall for platform 1 will follow and will involve excavating footings for 16 loads of concrete and the installation of 200 easi-blocs as the modern means of building a platform before the corbeling, or overhang, is built on top. When complete, we will have created the area for the island platform and will need to bring in some 10,000 tonnes of spoil to infill the base prior to paving the large area. The installation of drainage and piping for water, sewage and cabling has already taken place, and the accessible ramp for wheel chair access is being built at the western end.

“Latterly, the volunteers are working in very wet conditions, ankle and knee deep in sloppy mud together with bitingly cold winds – which are a challenge for anyone.


“By this time next year, we anticipate being in a position to infill the gap in the embankment which was created to provide Welsh Water with access to the Corwen Water Treatment plant. The building of a new access road from Green Lane into the plant allows the earlier route to be recovered. Subject to the on-going need for resources, manpower, materials and finance, we expect to be able to lay track from the existing rail head to connect up with the station loop line installation. Once the new terminal rail layout has been ballasted and tamped, and inspected to be fit for operation, we hope that trains will run into Corwen Central in the early part of 2019, although a date for a public opening cannot be announced at this time.”

Commenting of the prospects for extended operations on the line, General Manager, Liz McGuinness said, “The prospects of trains running into the new station during 2019 means that the current, temporary, platform at Dwyrain Corwen East, will remain in use for the 2018 season. However, we will call a halt to operations on the extension beyond Carrog as of October 2018 and the temporary platform will be dismantled as part of the engineering work needed to connect to the new station layout.

“The temporary station has served us well since it opened in 2014, but has always been recognised as operationally inconvenient and it lacks the immediacy of access to and from the town centre and car park. Terminating trains at a station central to the town, the bus interchange and the car park is key to opening up a new market segment to attract more passengers from North West Wales to the Llangollen Railway, with important prospect for the town of Corwen to gain extra visitors. “

George Jones

Press Officer

Llangollen Railway Trust Corwen Central Development Project

Far Left - the water tower installed on prepared footings has changed the appearance of the station site completely.

Above Left and Right - Platform one developments: Left the west end of the platform with the rails in place. Right: Towards the east end, footings lfor the platform wall laid and sleepers in place.

Below Left: The view along the edge of platform 2 with the new water tower at the far end.

All photos - Jeff Albiston. July 2018

CCNL August2018.pdf