Plans for a new station on the Llangollen Railway in North Wales are making steady progress, with the project nearly reaching its half way point.
As it stands, visitors to the railway travelling from Llangollen to Corwen have had to get off at a temporary halt just outside the town. Once completed, Corwen Central Station will boast a piece of Shropshire railway history. The team of volunteers working on the project are also restoring a former Weston Rhyn signal box, and fencing previously used at Gobowen station will be used at Corwen, adding to the heritage of the station.
During Autumn, Llangollen Railway's dedicated volunteers and staff worked hard to excavate the northern side of the embankment to a depth of 10 feet in order to build the foundations for the signal box, which will be installed once it has been restored. Contractors were hired to help the volunteer team when specialist equipment and specific skills were required. In the new year the railway hopes to install the foundations for the water cooler before starting work on platform 1, including a accessible ramp for wheelchair access at the western end.
Once opened, the new station will offer immediate access to and from the town centre and car park, and having a station terminus in the centre of town will hopefully to attract more passengers to the Llangollen Railway.
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