Phase One to the right: Phase Two to the left! Crew cabin and portaloo to the left of the roadway. Access to the Treatment Works straight ahead.

These Aerial Pictures were taken some time ago before any work started on tracklaying towards Corwen.

They were taken specially by Mike Catania of Mold Camera Club - many thanks, Mike.

This picture of Corwen Town from the South shows the line of the railway as it approaches from the right from Carrog. Dwyrain Corwen East platform is marked, as is the location for the Phase Two construction of Corwen Station. The trees, bottom right, are on top of the Berwyn Mountain ridge and the footpath to the viewpoint can be seen.

This picture is taken from the West, looking east towards Carrog and Glyndyfrdwy. The haze on the picture is reflection inside the aircraft cabin window.

I think it’s worth having another look at what awaits passengers arriving at Corwen

Left - Caer Drewen, the hillfort above the town of Corwen, on the North side of the River Dee, accessible by footpath but quite a stiff climb.

Right - The Berwyn Mountains rise directly to the south of Corwen Town. There is a good path up to just below the ridge where the path continues along the ridge to a viewpoint.

Photos - John Rutter

Corwen Central Station  Tracklaying Commences

April 2015, the west end loop points being assembled on the embankment behind the car park.

Photos - Peter Jump

September 2015

Corwen Central is getting closer. For months the team has been doing preparation work, all actions that need to be progressed but not quite as satisfying as being able to start the major works.

We have laid the run round point and four panels of track at the Green Lane end of the site allowing us to be precise about the position of the west end of the station and the subway. The level crossing part of the restricted access path has been laid between the lines. A vehicle crossing providing access to the area where the concrete sleepers are currently stored is under construction.

William Jones has drawn all the plans and marked all the levels for our site and the adjoining fields. When Welsh Water is ready to put their new access road in most of their planning work will be already done.

All the materials we have been gifted i.e. blocks, pipes gullies etc. (Thanks Maxi) have been put on the sewage works side of the Ruthin embankment. This allows us to have a clear site for the station and will free up the opposite side of the embankment for removal of spoil to infill the area between the V and Chicken Dock.

One of our team, the noted archaeologist John Bearne, has continued his work finding and clearing the stone lined drainage ditch on the Corwen town side of the embankment. Sadly he has found nothing of historical interest. John’s work is greatly appreciated by the team. No one else has the desire to do it.

We now have a secure compound to house our tractor, mini digger, dumper and things that might walk if they were left out. We put it on the sewage works side of the embankment not too far from the present buffer stop. We’ve used ex. mainline railway security fencing, kindly donated to us, that came to us chopped lengthways in about three foot lengths. We’ve concreted the main upright posts in the ground and welded all the sections in place, it’s plenty high enough, so should be reasonably secure.

Although the Corwen East Station is now part of the operational railway we still like to make sure it’s kept in good condition, doing a few repairs as and when we have the time.  e.g.  As the timber platform has weathered some of the planking had started to twist. The solution was to screw substantial batons to the lower edge of the platform to rectify the problem.

The lorry has been re-decked using donated plywood, recycled from the demolished Corwen Pavilion, thus preventing people falling through it. Richard has tastefully painted the lorry; the crane looks particularly good in red. It can now be seen from some distance. This is good for two reasons, it’s a safety feature and distance improves its looks.

All the vehicles have had some work done on them, oils and filters changed etc. ready for use when we are able to start the major works which hopefully won’t be too far away. Thanks to Phil and Roy.

As some of you will know, the Project Team are in the process of setting up the Corwen Central Trust which will take responsibility for the design and building of the station and infrastructure. We will also be responsible for finding the funds for the project which will be administered by us and only used for the Corwen Central project. The Board are happy with this concept and are likely to contribute. Corwen residents are also pleased because this will be a stand-alone Corwen based project that will hopefully attract funding from the Corwen area. When the Trust is up and running we will ensure Llangollen Railway members and the wider world are informed of the details. In the meantime any contributions will be gratefully received through Paul Bailey.

After a long time trying to get the major elements of our project going we are at last making progress. We sent out tenders for construction of the station underpass and we’ve had our three quotes back, one of which looks particularly favourable.  We have visited our preferred bidder and discussed the project with them and it all appears very favourable.

For a long time the provision of the Welsh Water access road to the sewage works has made little headway. We now have some really positive indications that a start on resolving this problem could happen soon as well.

There is a long way to go yet and funds are required to complete the work. Thank you to all who have already contributed in kind, time, providing expertise and of course money. All are vital to ensure the completion of the project.

The underpass/subway is the next major step to be taken and of course this will be a big drain on funds so your contributions are essential to ensure completion in a timely manner, and giving the project a real sense of progress.

Your support is greatly appreciated.

Richard, John & Phil

Corwen Central Railway Station Project Group

To the End of the Line