Corwen gets new ‘stairway to heaven’ – but more cash needed

THE Llangollen Railway continues to make rapid strides towards the completion of its new western terminus of Corwen Central, with the completion of the subway staircase.

In October, contractors cast the top flight of stairs to bring access up from a depth of 14ft to platform level.

The subway staircase for Corwen Central complete. GEORGE JONES

The completion of the stairs coincided with a delivery of redundant wooden paling fencing from platform 1 at Network Rail’s Gobowen station, where metal fencing has been installed.

The recycled material was swiftly used to provide a security fence to the top of the Corwen subway, pending the ultimate installation of the metal railings recovered from Burnham on the Great Western Main Line.

Secure the subway

Down below, a pair of steel doors have been hung at the entrance to further secure the subway. Measuring 7ft 6ins by 4ft, these are again recycled components, having been donated and modified in the Llangollen workshops to fit the location.

The fencing from Gobowen station given a new lease of life at Corwen Central. GEORGE JONES

This piece of infrastructure now represents an investment of more than £100,000.

Elsewhere, other pieces of essential infrastructure at Corwen Central are taking shape.

With the signalbox base now buried within the expanded embankment, work proceeded with the installation of the roof using three steel beams for the eventual signalling frame, finished with concrete beams and concrete blocks. Fitting out of the basement locker room is underway.

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