THE OFFICIAL OPENING OF DWYRAIN CORWEN EAST STATION –
1st MARCH 2015
PRESS RELEASE: 3 MARCH 2015
Railway volunteers performed an enactment of fixing the golden fishplate to the last panel of track to mark the rejoining of Llangollen to Corwen by rail. At a word of command the lead locomotive No.3802 eased forward and burst through the Official Opening Day banner which was stretched across the track.
The official activities were concluded when Llangollen Railway Trust Vice President Bill Shakespeare delivered a short speech acknowledging all the efforts which went into rebuilding the railway from Llangollen to Corwen over the past 40 years, and the need still to press on to complete the phase 2 of the project with a terminal station nearer Corwen Town centre. He unveiled a commemorative plaque which will be displayed in the station building.
The Llangollen Silver Band and the Glyndwr Male Voice Choir provided music and song during the occasion and members of the Corwen Community are on hand to distribute complimentary miniature daffodils to guests. A good crowd of several hundred local residents assembled to see the activities and add their applause to the event. The temporary station building now houses a selection of modern works of art provided by the Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty team, aimed at promoting the Dee Valley by train. These are well worth viewing.
Guests were invited to view the site of the future extension and visit the new Railway Exhibition in Capel Coch in London Road. Among the first visitors to the exhibition when it opened on 14th February were three young ladies from Hong Kong who ventured out to sample a steam train ride in North Wales. The picture below shows two of the party seen with the engine at the station. This just goes to show how the Railway attracts visitors from around the world.
Llangollen Railway Trust
3 March 2015
The Llangollen Railway celebrated the official opening of the station at Dwyrain Corwen East with a special train on St David’s Day for the conveyance of some 270 invited guests from Llangollen to Corwen.
The five coach Corwen Special left Llangollen with locomotives attached to the front and rear of the with No.3802 leading and 5199 on the rear.
Ceremonial activities offered a public spectacle to celebrate the Official Opening day, when Vice Presidents Bill Shakespeare and Gordon Heddon unveiled the Dwyrain Corwen East station name board and the Chairman, Peter Lund, cut the ribbon to declare the station open.