London, Chatham, Dover… and Corwen!

THE Llangollen Railway’s new Corwen Central terminus will have a ‘capital city’ feel about it.

The project has obtained 13 cast-iron columns that came from Blackfriars station for use as the basis of the platform canopy. Collected from the Pontypool & Blaenavon Railway, the columns are thought to be of London Chatham & Dover Railway origin.

The west end of Corwen Central platform 2 as complete with rear wall and space awaiting infill. GEORGE JONES/LR

Another acquisition is a set of fencing panels and handrails formerly installed at Burnham station near Slough for use at the platform subway access.

The building of the 510ft wall for platform 2 was complete as of July 13 with work on the return ends to mark the limit of the platform.

At the western end, the section relative to the first of eight coach positions, has had the back wall completed and infilling has begun.

The progress so far has taken six months of part-time endeavour by a small team of volunteers.

The footings took 13 Readymix loads totalling 78 cubic metres, the base was formed by 261 Easi-blocs totalling 196 tonnes, and the overhang required 541 oversail blocks with some 3000 concrete blocks to build up to the required level and backing. Still to be installed are the edging flags that will follow when the area between both platform walls is filled in – a target for the autumn when platform 1 is finished.

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