Project to preserve ‘Great War’ graffiti
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.