Corwen Development

We are now running to DWYRAIN CORWEN EAST

Up to Date News Letters can be found in the ‘News’ section of the website.

Llangollen Railway Trust

On Wednesday 22nd October 2014 the first passenger train ran into Dwyrain Corwen East.

Thus completing phase one of the Corwen Extension project.


The  graphic, courtesy of Steam Railway magazine, shows the state of play on the Corwen Central site at the beginning of 2018.

The area to the left (western end) is essentially complete, the area in the middle is the current work priority for 2018 and to the right (eastern end) is the challenge for the beginning of 2019 when we aim to be able to connect with the existing railhead at Dwyrain Corwen East.

In 2018 the foundations and association pipe work for the water tower will be tackled to connect to the borehole in its newly erected Pump House. Then the footings for the platform 1 will be excavated and concreted to allow the building with Easi-blocs and other blocks to create the wall. When complete, the area of the island platform will require in-fill with approx. 10,000 tonnes of spoil to the levelled and compacted. Paving will follow and provision for platform furniture. The pipework and connections for this infrastructure are now in place.

This work will require considerable expenditure and, whilst we have Welsh Government European grant aid to the tune of £128k for the platform, that is only 80% of the cost. The in-filling of the void between the two walls is the subject of an appeal – Tenner for a Tonne – to pay for the contractor to bring in the spoil recovered from the remains of the old Ruthin branch embankment.

If all goes well, by the end of the summer season, the completion of the platform loop line will allow connection to the points for the siding and mainline.

We still have a lot to do and completion of the project is dependent upon the valiant efforts of the volunteers involved in the work, aided as needed by contractors.

Funding is the key to the successful completion of this project and any assistance you can give to speeding the work will be gratefully received, either by donation to specific aspects of the work or purchase of shares in Llangollen Railway PLC – the Big Push Appeal – of which 235,000 remain available.

With your help we will be able to steam the first train into Corwen Central early on 2019. Financial offers of support can be sent to the Corwen Railway Development Project, details of how to donate can be found in the Corwen News letters.

Our thanks to Toby Jennings at Steam Railway magazine for use of the site progress plan which we will update as work is completed.

More information on fundraising for phase 2 to follow and more can be found on the below link –

Information: Additional donation and application forms are available from Llangollen Railway, The Station, Abbey Road, Llangollen LL20 8SN Tel: 01978 860979 Email: Completed forms should be returned to the same address.

Llangollen Railway Trust, The Station, Abbey Road, Llangollen LL20 8SN – Registered Charity No 1046614, Registered Company No 304033