‘New’ GWR signalbox brings Corwen Central opening closer


By George Jones

A heritage signalbox cabin was lifted into its new position at the Llangollen Railway’s Corwen Central station site on October 25, adding a new dimension to the operational facilities being brought to the extension project, in preparation for the town’s new station opening to trains in 2019.

The wooden structure has long been a feature in storage in the station yard at Carrog since it was recovered from the level crossing at Weston Rhyn on the Shrewsbury to Chester railway more than 20 years ago.

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There at last. After waiting two decades at Carrog, the signal cabin for the new Corwen Central station is in place. GEORGE JONES

In recent months, volunteers engaged on the station project have renovated and repainted the external structure and braced it internally to prepare it for the move two miles down the road to Corwen.

The movement was contracted to Rail Support Services, a specialist company in rail operations, aided by a 90-tonne road crane supplied by Buckley’s Mobile Crane Services of Glan Conwy. With lifting beams inserted below the cabin, the crane made short work of lifting the nearly seven-ton cabin onto a low-loader to enable its move as an abnormal load down the A5 road to Corwen.

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