LR CORWEN PUSH HINGES ON ‘UNSOLD’ SHARES
In a bid to fund completion of its new Corwen Central station and connect the terminus to the existing running line by 2018, the Llangollen Railway formally announced its ‘Big Push’ share appeal on April 7. The North Wales line is urging new and existing supporters to buy up the 375,000 £1 shares which remain unsold from the second of the railway’s two £500,000 share launches more than a decade ago. Shares are being sold in minimum blocks of 50, with a range of travel concessions being offered. In line with other steam railway share appeals, the LR shares will have no market value or pay dividends, but simply signify support for the railway. The money is needed to finance the completion of major embankment earthworks at Corwen, the purchase of rail, the construction and installation of a new water tower, the recommissioning of the former Weston Rhyn signal box, and completion of the island platform and its facilities. “We can’t be precise about a finishing date, because everything hangs on how much money we can raise, and how quickly we can raise it,” said Corwen extension project manager Richard Dixon-Gough. On April 7, the railway opened its doors to the media to show the progress made at Corwen Central so far, which includes substantial embankment widening, construction of the subway which will give passenger access to the island platform, construction of the eight-coach Down platform face, installation of 14 track panels and run-round point at the west end of the station, and digging of foundations for the re-sited Weston Rhyn signal box. Corwen Central station site lies 150 yards west of the railway’s temporary terminus station at Corwen East, which opened in 2014. Share appeal brochures and share application forms are available directly from the railway, via email at admin@ llangollen-railway.co.uk, or by calling 01978 860979. ●● ‘Closing the gap at Corwen’: read the full story on page 84.