LLANGOLLEN RAILWAY is primarily a steam hauled Heritage Railway Line starting at Llangollen Station, located beside the Dee River Bridge, in Llangollen Town, the journey continues for 7 ½ miles upstream, following the River Dee to the village of Carrog. The Dee is classed as a Site of Special Scientific Interest (SSSI) for its entire length.
The line, located within an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty (AONB), remains close to the waters of the river for most of its length, on the north bank at Llangollen Station, the river is crossed on to the south bank via the Dee Bridge, approximately one mile upstream from Llangollen.
Llangollen Railway was started in 1975 by a group of enthusiasts who saw the potential for a scenic heritage line through the Dee Valley. Their original vision grew into what you can see today.
7 ½ miles of track have been re-laid westwards along the track-bed of the old Ruabon to Barmouth main line, through to Carrog.
The old main line closed to passenger traffic in 1965 and to goods in 1968. The track, signaling and much of the infrastructure was removed or demolished quickly after this, although Llangollen, Berwyn and Carrog Station buildings survived.
The enthusiasts commemorated the re-opening in 1975 with an open day at Llangollen Station where 60 feet of track had been relaid. The rest, as they say, is history. Berwyn was reached in 1985, Deeside in 1990, Glyndyfrdwy in 1993 and Carrog in 1996.
Demolished infrastructure, such as the signal boxes at Llangollen Goods Junction, Deeside Halt, Glyndyfrdwy and Carrog were rebuilt from the ground up and are fully operational allowing multi train operation on gala days and busy weekends
The line then climbs steeply to reach Berwyn Station, from where the climb continues, through Berwyn Tunnel (1/3 mile) to Deeside Halt - a request stop only. From here the line rises gently for the next 2 miles to Glyndyfrdwy Station and village, and finally, on to Carrog on a gently rising grade.
A Transport & Works Order was granted which will enable Llangollen Railway to reach Corwen (another 2.5 miles) taking the total track distance to 10 miles, winding through the beautiful Dee Valley, not bad when you consider that the majority of the workforce for Llangollen Railway are actually volunteers!
All the stations along the track are of a typical Victorian design and each station has been recreated in 1950's Great Western colour scheme.
The main hub of the Railway - with the Railway office located here which is open all year round. The Station Café Bar is open every day from Saturday 1st February (even none running days) and serves hot meals & snacks along with a wide selection of alcohol including Real Ale. The gift shop, open on operating days only, sells a wide range of Llangollen Railway items along with Hornby & Bachmann models and Thomas the Tank Engine merchandise. Also at Llangollen is our large engineering works and located about a mile down the line is our Carriage and Wagons department.
Berwyn Station is manned by Volunteers on weekends and has a small tearoom which is open most weekends during our operating season. You will notice that the design of this station is very different to Llangollen, Glyndyfrdwy and Carrog Station - this is due to the very narrow piece of land that the architects had available to them, hence the unique design. Berwyn is also one of the most photographed stations.
Nearby there are interesting walks, particularly to the Horseshoe Falls, the source of the Llangollen Canal.
Located at Berwyn Station is also our very popular Holiday Let "Berwyn Stationmasters House - more information about this property can be found on our Holiday Let page, just click the button on the right of the homepage.
Historically renowned for its association with Owain Glyndwr. It was here at his Manor of Glyndyfrdwy that Owain (Baron of Glyndyfrdwy) proclaimed himself "Prince of Wales" on 16th September 1400 so beginning his 14 year rebellion against English Rule. Today in the Owain Glyndwr Memorial Hall can be seen artifacts associated with him.
At this delightful rural Station why not alight a while to enjoy the tranquil picnic areas that the station offers, take a stroll down to the nearby river Dee or around the village. The village playing field & play area adjoining the Station is also very popular with young families.
A Tea Room at the Station is also open on all timetabled Gala Event Days where you will receive a friendly welcome.
Carrog Station, our present terminus, is set in the picturesque village of Carrog with its 17th century Dee Bridge, river and mountain vistas and traditional pub, The Grouse Inn. Meticulously rebuilt by volunteers as it was in the 1950s here you will find a place where time has stood still. The quaint tearoom serves a variety of snacks and is open on all running days.
It is hoped the 2 ½ mile extension of the line to the town of Corwen will be completed in Spring 2014. This picturesque market town sits at the foot of the Berwyn Mountains at the western end of the Dee Valley. The railway is now fundraising for a new built station building along with a run around loop (phase two of the project) Please see Corwen Extension pages for more information.
Shown here for interest is the gradient profile of the open section of line.
Photo: Kim Price
Photo: Paul Bailey
Berwyn Station also available as a holiday let
Photo: Martin Christie
Carrog Station in the snow which also doubles as Lapland for our very popular Santa Specials
Photo: Martin Christie