Cambrian takes over statutory powers on Oswestry line

Cambrian Heritage Railways has been granted a Transport and Work Act Order giving it statutory powers over the Gobowen to Oswestry and Llanyblodwel line that members have been busy reviving.

Line clearance underway south of Oswestry during a working weekend in February. CHR

The route is the surviving section of what in pre-Grouping and later GWR days was a busy railway hub.

Passenger services to Welshpool and Whitchurch ended on January 18, 1965, and Oswestry locomotive shed closed.

A DMU shuttle service to Gobowen continued until November 7, 1966, when Oswestry station closed to passengers. Goods services continued to run until 1971, but a single line from Gobowen through the station to Blodwel quarry was used by freight trains until 1988. Since closure, the line was mothballed and the track remained in place. The line was sold to Shropshire County Council in 2009.

CHR took up a long term lease on the line and since then has been working on its restoration, with a double aim: a community/sustainable transport link between Oswestry and the main line station at Gobowen, and establishment of a heritage railway running south from Oswestry along part of the Cambrian Railways main line to link up with its operating site at Llynclys South.

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