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Eighty members of the Welsh Language Society (Cymdeithas yr laith Gymraeg) visited the railway on Sunday 30 Sept and took a trip down the line to Carrog on the class 108 DMU driven by Dewi Davies.

George Jones

Above are pictures taken during and after the trip.  (Eric Keen)

The Welsh Language Society (Cymdeithas yr laith Gymraeg) Visit to Llangollen on 30th September

During November, whilst the railway was closed for preparation for the Santa Specials, the Guards of the Railway took the opportunity to have a training exercise day. The following pictures give some idea of what a Guard needs to know about the Railway to make sure the train is always safe.

The Business Development Group ran a VIP tour for the Mynydd Isa Swimming Group (who very kindly agreed to be the Guinea Pigs) on Sunday 9th March with a view to offering these tours on a commercial basis.

The Tour started with Coffee/Tea and an introductory talk in the Robinson Suite. The 11 am train service was then taken to Carrog with a tour guide available to answer questions and identify points of interest as the train passed. Returning from Carrog a tour of the Engine Shed was offered for those interested, alternatively interesting shops and points of interest were given for a stroll round the town.

Prior to entering the Shed a safety briefing was given. The group reassembled in the Robinson Suite for a final debriefing. The Swimming Group were very pleased with the tour and very impressed with what we do.  

Much information was collected on improvements to the package before offering to the market.


Group Photo in the sunshine outside Llangollen Signal Box

Above: activities in the Pentrefelyn Carriage & Wagon Shed: Left to Right: Autocoach 163 in the yard; LNER Teak Coach No 52055 actively undergoing major surgery; the other side of the coach being worked on in the previous picture..

As many of you will be aware when travelling up the line to Carrog, the “Friends Of Glyndyfrdwy” have externally restored the Barmouth South Signal Box, located at the west end of Glyndyfrdwy Station Up platform, in the hope that it will now become a viewing gallery & possibly Museum with signalling demonstrations when the Box is internally restored. New steps have been made & fitted allowing access once again into the Box.The missing sash window has been repaired and  refitted. Re-glazing has started and it is hoped to be finished in the next few weeks. A full repaint into Cambrian Colours has been carried out. The steps have already been painted in Cambrian Hollybush green.

Does anyone have any internal photographs of this Signal Box when it was in use at Barmouth?

From Paul Bailey via email

Friends of Glyndyfrdwy contact is -  Paul Bailey  01565 733000  

Photos can still be sent through to the Webmaster for transmission to Paul

Barmouth South Signal Box Restoration

Left to Right: 44422 leaving Llangollen Station; A view from the Bridge as 44422 runs round; 44422 on the 1300 ex Llangollen passing Pentrefelyn; 44422 again passing the Wickham set at Deeside Loop; Barmouth Signal Box at Glyndyfrdwy undergoing refurbishment.

St David’s Day Special Event

The St Davids Day trains ran well loaded. Bara Brith and dafodil buttonholes were handed out on the trains and were well received by the passengers. Station staff similarly wore the dafodil on their unifoms and the splash of yellow brightened up the day. Even 44806 sported one in the cab window!

The sun came out during the afternoon and spring seemed suddenly to be well on its way.

Presenting a warm Welsh welcome to Llangollen Station on St David’s Day, 1st March, the train and platform crew look very smart in their uniforms complete with dafodil buttonholes.

General Information

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