Trackwork Construction Photogallery

Why drill a borehole?

Steam Locomotives use more water in a day than coal. To avoid extracting water out of the River Dee, a borehole has been drilled to extract groundwater to feed a water tank and water crane for the locos.

Fundraising for the fabrication of the water tank is under way. It will be placed at the east end of the platform, by the signal box.

Photos taken by:

George Jones

Paul Reynolds

John Bearne

John Rutter

Phil Carson

Julie McNamara

Bob Gwynne

Peter Jump

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Press release: 22 November 2016


Completion of work during the late summer/autumn has provided an impressive subway entry to the intended island platform, as built by contactors KM Construction of St Asaph.  Building this involved the excavation of 120 cubic metres of spoil and the completed structure represents a volume of 50 cubic metres of concrete, to create an internal area of 61 cubic metres. Back filling has restored the embankment profile. The elevated exit now stands one metre tall on the track bed to give some idea of the height at which the platform will be created.

The work undertaken so far represents an investment of some £120,000, by Llangollen Railway

Trust, plus countless hours of volunteer input by the project team members. In terms of value the

volunteer input equates to another £100,000 of contribution as calculated by Welsh Government


An artistic impression of the public access to the completed station was recently unveiled by local

artist Julie McNamara, when her painting of the subway entrance relative to the elevated platform

 was donated to the Project Team. Her work is being used on merchandise to raise funds for the

 project. A scan of the painting is attached.

Following completion of work for the installation of the access subway and footings for the island  platform, track laying by volunteers has commenced working from the head shunt at the western end of the site.

As of mid-November, four panels of track have been laid on the downside formation and a further four will complete the length of the eight coach platform.  A fifth panel will reach the site of the point for the start of the station loop. The actual construction of the island platform awaits the outcome of a grant application, but the plan of the facility shows it as occupying an area of 980 square metres. The upside platform will be capable of accommodating a six coach train, but the foLLANotings for this have yet to be dug.

Attached picture shows the volunteer work force aligning one 60ft panel of track on the lead into the platform area.

Below the embankment, on the area of the Corwen flood plain, volunteers have been preparing a site for contractors, Dragon Drilling of Corwen , to install a borehole. Sunk to a depth of 25M, an electric pump will be installed to provide the supply of water for replenishment of the locomotive.  Funds continue to be raised to pay for the construction of a parachute water tower to be located at the eastern end of the platform. It is thought that this borehole construction may be a first for a heritage railway – confirmation or advice as to others having been constructed will be welcome.

Re-engineering of the embankment for the station area continues and the need of infill for this and the platform area is the subject of further fund raising with the announcement of the Tenner for a Tonne Appeal by Project Treasurer Paul Bailey. £10 buys a ton of spoil which equates to one cubic metre of infill and some 10,000 tonnes are required. Cheques made out to Llangollen Railway Trust (CCRD) should be sent to Paul c/o Llangollen Railway, The Station,  Abbey Road, Llangollen LL20 8SN.

On the northern side of the station embankment, contractors for Welsh Water/ Dŵr Cymru have all but completed the new access road from the water treatment plant. The graded access climbs up and over the former Ruthin branch embankment and, as of this date, awaits the formal connection with the highway at Green Lane. This involves the building of a protective concrete bridge over the gas main but, in the New Year, the Corwen Central Project Team expects the Welsh Water service vehicle traffic to be diverted to the new entrance.  Entry to the works via the breach in the embankment will then be closed, although, for the foreseeable future, vehicle access onto the embankment will remain for delivery of railway supplies.

Project Leader, Richard Dixon-Gough said, “Completion of the terminus at Corwen Central remains aimed at 2018, although it is too early to offer any specific target date. The over-riding need to complete the work is for finance to buy materials and employ contractors to build the platform. To finance what is a £0.5M project Llangollen Railway intends to re-issue a Prospectus for the sale of shares in Llangollen Railway plc whilst also backing donations to the Llangollen Railway Trust.”

Wintertime Closure for Dwyrain Corwen East.

As of the 1550 departure with BR Standard Tank 80072 on Sunday 13 November, the temporary platform at Dwyrain Corwen East was closed for the winter period whilst maintenance work is undertaken to allow for the extended use of the facility during 2017. Trains during the festive season will terminate at Carrog and services to Corwen East will resume on 11 February 2017 in time for half term.

The lack of suitable wintertime facilities at Dwyrain Corwen East and a change in the management contract for the platform means that trains will temporarily run to Carrog until the start of the 2017 public timetable.

George Jones


21 November 2016

Platforms - Construction Photogallery

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.

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.

The safe parking places are at the Llidiart-y-Parc (east) end, about ¼ mile to the west where there is a large layby; and at the Corwen (west) end where there are plenty of parking places in the town carparks.

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