Project to pre­serve ‘Great War’ graf­fiti

Steam Railway (UK) - - NEWS FOCUS -

A cen­tury af­ter the First World War ended, Llan­gollen Rail­way vol­un­teers are hop­ing to pre­serve graf­fiti writ­ten in Ber­wyn sta­tion’s un­der­pass by sol­diers de­part­ing for the front.

The un­der­pass to the east of Ber­wyn sta­tion pro­vided ac­cess to the foot­path lead­ing to the nearby Chain Bridge over the River Dee, and it con­tains in­scrip­tions writ­ten in in­deli­ble pen­cil is­sued to sol­diers dur­ing the ‘Great War’.

They in­clude mes­sages such as ‘Ber­lin Last Stop’ and a note signed by Al­bert James Candy, who worked for a baker in Llan­gollen and was killed in ac­tion on April 17 1917.

The in­scrip­tions are now de­te­ri­o­rat­ing be­cause of water ingress, and Ber­wyn sta­tion vol­un­teer Pe­ter Dick­in­son is seek­ing as­sis­tance to con­serve them. LR Civil En­gi­neer Steve Jones has also ar­ranged for the line’s track main­te­nance team to in­stall new drainage and wa­ter­proof­ing on the trackbed above the un­der­pass this win­ter.

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