End of an era marked at Dwyrain Corwen East

THE Llangollen Railway ran the last public service train of the 2018 season with commemorative bilingual headboard and flags, to mark the end of four years of successful operations to the Phase 1 temporary platform at Dwyrain Corwen East.

Fittingly, on Sunday, November 4, GWR 2-8-0 No. 3802 performed the honours as it did with the first train on October, 22, 2014 – even the same three Welsh flags were reused and Harry Barber was the same driver.

This time, the train was not topped and tailed as in 2014 and No. 3802 performed the final propelling move back to Carrog with a select passenger complement of members and others on board.

No, it’s not a Beeching closure, but a portent of better times ahead! GWR 2-8-0 No. 7802 carried the Last Train to Corwen East on November 4, signalling the end of the temporary platform as a new permanent station nearer the town takes shape. GEORGE JONES

A fortunate spell of blue sky for the 3.40pm arrival brightened the occasion when station staff were on hand with others to mark the occasion.

Stationmaster Wayne Ronneback said: “Although provided as a temporary measure in 2014, the platform has been successful in introducing passengers to the western end of the line and has attracted a growing number of passengers to start their journey through the Dee Valley from Corwen.

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