The Phase One end of the line

Construction Progress

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

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

All pictures by Dewi Davis,

 taken in August 2018

Clockwise from the Top Left:

1) The view east from over the subway entrance

2) The view west showing the water tower in situ

3) The view east to Dwyrain Corwen East, the temporary platform for the operating railway.

4) The view west to the end of the line at Green Bridge gap

5) The signal box locking room under construction. The signal box top has now been landed (Nov 2018)

Left: The signal box top being readied for lifting 25th October 2018

Right: The signal box top in position surrounded by the construction crew 27th October 2018

Both pictures - George Jones

Left: The signal Box top in position 3rd November 2018

Photo - George Jones

Right: Signal Box and Water Tower 10th November 2018

Photo - John Rutter

Left: Station Building and Signal Box 10th November 2018

Right: Station Building and Subway  10th November 2018

Photos - John Rutter

Above Left: View from the end of the platform on 17th November.

Right: Dwyrain Corwen East dismantling under way.

Above Left: Part of Platform 1 wall leaving space for vehicular access.

Right: Foundations for the platform building at the west end on 25th November.

All pictures above - George Jones

The Next Challenge - Filling the Gap

The volunteer construction crew demonstrate the width of the gap which has to be filled.

The ‘Tenner for a Ton’ fundraising for the platform infill has reached its target and is now being switched to raise money for the embankment filling.

Photo - George Jones

Link to

Corwen Central News

for January 2019

PDF Version only - please note this is a big file

and may take some time to download.

CCNL January 2019.pdf


As we come to the conclusion of the island platform and loop line build, the Project’s focus turns to the infamous Gap in the embankment, long seen as the big obstruction on the trackbed.

Originally bulldozed through to provide alternative access to the Sewage Farm, the gap was further eroded in 2013 by contractors for the Corwen Flood Relief Scheme and has since provided the essential access for the road delivery of materials for the project. Recently it offered the only route for the Water Tower and Signal box cabin to be brought in for installation.

With all that behind us, early in 2019 we will be looking for a contractor to deliver and compact the spoil to reinstate the embankment for the connection of the two railheads and the laying of a parallel extended siding.

With a length of 150 metres and a mean depth of 3 metres,  requiring  1000  tonnes at a total cost of £10,000, as an initial target.

Help with financing this final challenge in completing the Corwen terminus is again sought from Supporters following the success of the Tenner for a Tonne Appeal which has financed the platform infill.

The difference is the time is shorter and the only reward for supporters will be the sight of the train arriving at the new station across the final frontier, something we are all waiting for!

With your help we will bridge the Gap and more Tenners for a Tonne of spoil to support this Appeal will be welcomed by our Treasurer,

Mr Paul Bailey, ‘Dolwen’, Bryn Eglwys, Corwen LL21 9LY

Platform, Water tower and Signal Box Progress Aerial Photos of the site in August 2018

Left: Signal Box January 2019 with gutterings and downspouts fitted

Right: Newly erected fence by the station building being painted

Photo - George Jones

January Photos clockwise from above.

1) Superstructure support saddles in place

2) Saddles in place either side of the subway steps

3) Platform building floor being laid

4) Platform building floor being laid

5) Platform floor completed

All photos George Jones

More work at the site of Dwyrain Corwen East

The buffer stops removed and put to one side ready for installation on the end of the headshunt once the Gap is filled.

Photos George Jones

Work continues on building the face of Platform One (the ‘up’ platform.

Photo George Jones