Welcome to ‘Corwen Station-New’ (created April 2010 by Friends of Carrog Station).
This web-site sets out to promote the town of Corwen and the Dee Valley as the destination for the Llangollen Railway's next extension and to generate essential interest and support from the local business and resident communities.
In addition to providing an insight into the fascinating history of the Town, its railway heyday and subsequent dissolution, it will plot progress towards a new Corwen Station.
In the years following the ‘Beeching’ closures, instead of being saved for the Llangollen and Corwen Railway (1975) the original road accessible terminus Station and Yard complexes and accesses which were still largely intact were divided up and earmarked for development (see maps and pictures elsewhere). As a result, the ultimate goal of a restored Llangollen to Corwen Railway was made even more remote.
The Railway Project Team is now faced with the task of building a completely new Corwen Station where none existed before. The site identified under the 2011 Works Order is the old railway embankment some 400 yards east of the original Station.
Due to the location, major ground-works are required including widening of the original formation, entrance subway with stair-well, easy access path, floodplain compensation and island platform. Completion of the new sewage works access road by Welsh Water will allow the gap in the formation to be filled and reinstatement of the railway track to proceed. Please refer to the monthly progress reports in the ‘Updates’ Section.
As always, the 98% volunteer Llangollen Railway is contributing the lion’s share having built the temporary station (2014-18) and now the permanent one where none existed before. This is a much greater task than the restorations of existing stations previously undertaken on the line and is in addition to rebuilding and maintaining an increasing mileage of infrastructure, expanding the Railway’s engineering base and operating its vintage train fleet to an extended timetable.
It follows therefore that interested parties now seeking the return of a fully functional Corwen Central Station are invited to assist Llangollen Railway in every way possible with the project, whilst ensuring that ex-railway land and structures that could be put back to productive use are protected.
The out of print publications ‘Corwen Trail’, ‘Rails to Corwen’ and 'Corwen Chronicles' are reproduced. (see history section).
The promotional leaflet originated and maintained by Friends of Carrog Station was placed on the Corwen Post Office notice board in 2010.
New Corwen Central Station under construction 2016/2020
Station staff visiting the new museum 2015
Weston Rhyn signal Box as it looked in 1968. It was dismantled and moved to Carrog Station in 1991.
The ex Weston Rhyn signal Box was moved yesterday (25/10/18) from Carrog Station by Andy Goodman Haulage to its new home in Corwen.
Seen left is the infamous"Gap". See this months Corwen Central update on how you can help to reinstate this part of the embankment.
An estimated 11250 tonnes of spoil are needed at an estimated cost of £10k.
This gap was Welsh Water's works access for the first 20 odd years prior to completion of the new access road north of the Railway.
Above is the gap from 2010. Picture courtesy of John Rutter.
December 2019 and the gap is no more. (pic courtesy G.Jones).
LRT President Bill Shakespeare MBE and Vice President Gordon Heddon at the Golden Fishplate ceremony.
Project members and invitees came together on Dec 10th for the Golden Fishplate ceremony.