Volunteers defy weather to build new Corwen station

MORE than £300,000 has now been raised for the Llangollen Railway’s eagerly awaited extension into Corwen town centre.

Promotion of shares in Llangollen Railway plc to support the Big Push for Corwen has now seen the total allocation pass the £92,000 mark, with new shareholders making applications by the day.

The new end of the line: Volunteers celebrate the completion of the headshunt at the new Corwen Central station. GEORGE JONES

However, there are still £277,000 of shares still available for purchase.

The 80% funding from the Welsh Government Euro grant aid has finally begun to flow when the first claim for £23,000 was settled. This cashflow now allows for the purchase of materials and resources to begin the building of platform 1.

A date for the excavation of the footings has yet to be decided and the autumnal weather may be a factor in this.

August was a mostly wet month and impacted adversely with aspects of the Corwen project involving groundwork, slowing progress.

Work resumed on building the retaining wall for the headshunt on the end of the embankment at Green Lane. The wet weather delayed the compacting of the infill and the laying of ballast for the track extension only took place at the end of August with the re-sited stop block placed in situ on September 2.

Laying of sleepers for the headshunt proceeded with the rails to finish off the western end of the track formation. The 60ft panel and a bit from the points for the loop are now connected up to the buffer stop. The first rail vehicle to reach the end of the line was, as always, the Muscleman track alignment machine doing an initial lift to correct the curve.

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