RACE TO COM­PLETE CORWEN CEN­TRAL AS HALT CLOSES

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Clo­sures and ‘last trains’ are, thank­fully, rare in preser­va­tion – but on Novem­ber 4, GWR ‘2884’ No. 3802 worked the last train into Dwyrain Corwen East.

Just over four years af­ter it hauled the re­open­ing train into the tem­po­rary ter­mi­nus of the Llan­gollen Rail­way’s western ex­ten­sion on Oc­to­ber 22 2014, the Col­lett 2-8-0 was adorned with a com­mem­o­ra­tive head­board and Welsh flags to mark the clo­sure of the halt with the de­par­ture of the 3.50pm train for Llan­gollen.

The plat­form will now be dis­man­tled and its ma­te­ri­als re­cov­ered, while Santa and Mince Pie Spe­cial trains will ter­mi­nate at Car­rog, pend­ing the com­ple­tion and open­ing of the per­ma­nent ter­mi­nus of Corwen Cen­tral in 2019. Project spokesman Ge­orge Jones said: “The chal­lenge is now on to get it op­er­a­tional by next spring – weather and re­sources al­low­ing. Clos­ing Dwyrain Corwen East has fo­cused minds.”

To com­plete the 150-yard gap be­tween the cur­rent rail­head and the new sta­tion, the vol­un­teer team needs to re­build a sec­tion of em­bank­ment that was breached in the 1970s to con­struct an ac­cess road to the nearby sewage works. An es­ti­mated 4,800 cu­bic yards of spoil will be re­quired to fill the gap.

The ‘Ten­ner for a Tonne’ ap­peal to in-fill the new sta­tion’s is­land plat­form reached its £10,000 tar­get on Novem­ber 4, and the foun­da­tions for the eastern end of the Up plat­form are com­plete, al­low­ing the fi­nal length of plat­form wall to be built soon.

Once the in-fill is fin­ished, con­trac­tors will be en­gaged to lay an es­ti­mated 40,000 paving slabs.

GE­ORGE JONES GE­ORGE JONES

The for­mer We­ston Rhyn sig­nal box be­ing lifted into po­si­tion on its new base at Corwen on Oc­to­ber 25. A new ac­cess bal­cony will be added and steps are un­der con­struc­tion at the site. GWR ‘2884’ 2-8-0 No. 3802 at the head of the ‘Last Train to Corwen East’ on Novem­ber 4.

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