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 1960s ‘Beeching’ closures, the original Station and Yard complexes, which were still largely intact, were divided up and earmarked for non-Railway development (see maps and pictures elsewhere). Undaunted, the fledgling Llangollen Railway Society (mid 1970s) made known its plans to restore the Llangollen and Corwen Railway, commencing at the Llangollen end.
The site identified under the 2009 Works Order for a new Corwen Station 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 formation, entrance subway with stair-well, wheel-chair lift, floodplain compensation and island platform. Completion of the new sewage works access road by Welsh Water enabled the gap in the original railway formation to be closed and reinstatement of the railway track to proceed. (see pictures below).
The volunteer project team is facing a much greater task than the restorations of original stations and buildings previously undertaken on the line. It follows therefore that parties supporting the return of a functional Corwen Station are invited to assist 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.
Please refer to the monthly reports in the ‘Corwen Station Updates’ 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.