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Several times I have been asked if we have binders for Steam at Llangollen. Unfortunately, the remaining stock sold out some time ago and the up front cost of  new stock is proving prohibitive, particularly as they tend to be slow sellers.

I did manage to solve the problem of binding recently as shown by the picture (left). There are 10 copies in each volume and the price, for bespoke binding, is £35+ per copy, depending on the type of binding and text required.

They were bound by Chester Bookbinders who can be contacted on

They also have a Thesis binding service on  www.the

SAL Editor

John Cottam has taken over the editorship from John Rutter

Editor - John Cottam

Printer and Designer - John Cottam

Photography and additional material -  many active volunteers on the railway.

Members listings and address label supply - Graham Hoyland

Please contact the Editor through the Office at Llangollen Railway 01978 860979

Editorial Team

Issue No 132 : This issue contains reports on the Corwen Extension Project, Safety Management Systems - as required by ORR, the Steel Steam and Stars Gala III Event with pictures, reports from Llangollen and Glyndyfrdwy stations

Issue 131 covers Llangollen and Berwyn Station, the walk of the extension to Corwen, Llangollen Loco Works progress and an update on the status of the Corwen Extension Project (completion of the first mile ready to the SSSIII gala event)

Issue 130 covers Goods Junction track improvements, the success of the Exhibition Coach in the bay platform at Llangollen and the history of the extension of the railway from Berwyn to Deeside Halt in 1990

Issue 129 covers the 60s Weekend and an update on the Patriot Project.

Issue 128 Covers the Spring Steam Gala and the filming for the BBC Wales TV Programmes ‘Beating Beeching.’

Issue 127 Covers the extension of the railway across the Dee Bridge to Berwyn Station

Issue 126 brings the 35 year history of the Llangollen Railway up to date with a report on progress to Corwen following the granting of the Transport and Works Order for the extension.

Issue 125 is Part II of the 35 year Anniversary Issue looking back at the Flint and Deeside Railway Preservation Society, the fore-runner of the Llangollen Railway Society.

Issue No124 is Part I of the 35year Anniversary Issue looking at the history of the Llangollen Railway Society  from its formation in 1977

The Railway does not keep a comprehensive collection of back issues. These may be available from the shops at Carrog Station who support the locomotives 5532 and 80072. All spare copies of SAL have been deposited with the shops, however copies of editions before the late 1980s are difficult to find.

Issues prior to No 80 are difficult to find.

Issue No 154 is on sale from the Railway Shops: All the regulars: Loco Shed Notes, Diesel Group Notes, Railcar Group Notes, Carriage & Wagon report, Chairman’s Report and ‘On Track’ items. Edited by John Cottam (

Back Issues GUIDE BOOK for the

The Guide Book is shown with Issue No 123 of Steam at Llangollen (the shadowy figure which the publications are resting on is my dog Ozzy, a patient old fellow, well used to the railway, unfortunately now passed on).

The Book is available from shops on the railway and is a recommended read for identifying features in and around the landscape that the train passes through.

Temporarily   Out Of Stock A new Stock Book For Llangollen Railway   Is available from Llangollen Railway Shop On Platform 1

These are publications by other bodies and not by SAL Publications. Many are available from the shop on Platform One.

There are many publications about the Ruabon to Barmouth main line, where Llangollen Station is located about seven miles from Llangollen Line Junction, just south of Ruabon Station on the Chester to Shrewsbury main line. Unfortunately, Ruabon to Barmouth was axed under the Beeching Cuts in 1965 and the track lifted in 1968.

The line passed through Bala Junction Station, where the line to Ffestiniog branched off to the west, another casualty of the cuts, and there are also books on this line.

There are books on each of the stations on the Llangollen Railway also further publications on the railways of the Dee Valley and surrounding district are always being produced.

Most of these publications are available in Llangollen Railway Shop on Platform One of Llangollen Station.


Local author Paul Lawton from Glyndyfrdwy has extended his quartet of booklets featuring  locations along the route of the railway with the publication of Llanuwchllyn Remembered.

This joins Berwyn Memories, Glyndyfrdwy & Its Railways, Llangollen Station – A History and Carrog – A Welsh Country Station as notable examples of historical research into each station location. The linked theme is of course the railway but each title looks in detail at the five locations and their social/economic development which the arrival of the trains induced. Well illustrated with archive photos, maps and sketches the booklets make delightful reading and come highly recommended.

The Llanuwchllyn title is prepared in association with Roger Hine and publication has been made possible by support from the Bala Lake Railway Society. The new title comes with an impressive collection of black and white photos of the late BR era thanks to the contributions from the collection of former signalman John Roberts.

On sale at Llangollen outlets price £4.50 each.

George Jones

Llangollen Station Review

The Shop

Visitors to the shop  will have noted improvements to the displays and changes in the range of merchandise. Displays of Bachmann and Hornby model railway trains have been matched with the products of Dapol and Peco to meet the needs of the discerning rail enthusiast. Prices of these products match the best offers elsewhere and, if members want a particular item, it can be ordered on request, if not in stock.

Now that the titles reflect the railways of the region the products of the Middleton Press have been given prominence and are selling well, especially the Ruabon to Barmouth title as reviewed previously. Just in is a reproduction of Bradshaw’s Guide for 1862 as made popular by Michael Portillo in his Great Railway Journeys TV series. Also a good seller is the new Bridge Books title: Railways Through Bala by Dave Southern and his team.

Like everything else on the Railway the shop needs to work hard to provide an input to the finances and updating of facilities and improvements to the sales stock will help generate income.


 Book Review

The Spirit of the Llangollen Railway

By Mike & Karl Heath

Publisher: Pixz Books. Price £4.99

 ISBN 978 1 906887 40 7. 64 pages hard back - 6 1/4 x 4 1/2 inches 160mm x 110mm

This is a photo journey along the length of the line capturing the spirit of the beautiful scenery, restored stations and variety of motive power, so says the introduction.

In 64 pages this pocket sized booklet presents 61 colour photos, mostly whole page with captions, arranged from Llangollen through Berwyn, Deeside, Glyndyfrdwy and Carrog with line side views in between. Only the tunnel entrances and the immediate vicinity of Goods Junction do not feature as locations hard to get at by the photographers.

Nearly all the shots have been taken in bright sunny conditions, even the snow scenes, which bring out the full colours of the trains and the countryside. In fact there is only one view where the weather seems  marginal, and one night time shot, but the printing reproduction has done credit to the vitality of all the photographs.

Ten of the Railway’s assorted loco roster feature, plus twelve visiting engines, captured in the period since 1990 which makes one marvel at the variety of trains we have operated in this time.

This little volume portrays the railway at its best and is a worthy record of the line and its surroundings. It complements the earlier and larger Llangollen Railway title by the same authors in the publishers’ Railway Moods series – still available price £12.99.

Proving popular as a ‘pocket money’ purchase it is on sale in the shop in Llangollen station.

George Jones


Carrog – A Welsh Country Station

By Paul Lawton; publishers A Purely Local Publication – price £4.50.  48 pages  with colour plates on the card covers.

A5 horizontal format.

This is the third in a series of books about stations on the Llangollen Railway by local resident Paul Lawton. It reviews the coming of the railway to Carrog in 1865 and the social and economic consequences for the area, including the slate quarrying at Bonwm and other local businesses. Railway operations in terms of timetables, personnel and trains are reviewed from the opening through to closure, with the subsequent restoration project bringing the story up to date. A variety of photographs, diagrams and documents illustrate the passing of the years at Carrog and those featuring the Camping Coach era are particularly interesting.

Carrog has more than once been described as being in the middle of nowhere, but since the railway came back in 1996 its delights have been recognised by visitors from around the world. This title comes recommended as a worthy tribute to a wayside station and a good read encompassing many facts and figures.

Available from outlets on the Llangollen Railway as are the earlier titles in this series:  Llangollen Station – A History and Glyndyfrdwy and its Railway. Further titles are in course of preparation.

George Jones