Network Rail head praises Llangollen’s Corwen Central team

The latest stage in the Llangollen Railway’s Corwen Central development project has seen a major item of infrastructure installed in the form of a traditional style of a steam-era parachute water tank.

Brought round by road from the premises of Barnett Engineering Ltd in Rhosllanerchrugog, the installation took place on Tuesday, June 12.

Sir Peter with members of the Corwen project team at the Green Lane railhead, left to right: Richard Dixon-Gough, Sir Peter Hendy, Phil Rogers and Liz McGuinness, Llangollen Railway business manager. GEORGE JONES

The cylindrical water tank sits on top of a column and is designed to hold 2000 gallons of water for rapid delivery to replenish the tanks of a steam locomotive.

Standing seven metres high, the completed facility weighs in at five tonnes. It incorporates a modern gate value delivery system and will draw water from a borehole sited next to the railway at Corwen.

The new water tower installed at Corwen Central. GEORGE JONES

The structure has been built to modern standards using fabrication and welding methods to meet current regulatory requirements, yet retains the appearance of an item of heritage equipment.

A Llangollen Railway spokesman said: “This latest addition to the railway facilities is now a major feature on the Corwen site and a further statement of our intent to complete the terminus station.”

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