LLANGOLLEN RAILWAY TRUST, The Station, Llangollen LL20 8SN



The Llangollen Railway’s Corwen Central station site continues to attract top rail managers to see the work being undertaken by the volunteer-led project.

The latest visitor was Andy Thomas, Network Rail managing director England and Wales, who was given a guided tour of the station works site by project leader, Richard Dixon-Gough. In the course of his visit, he was shown the current progress with the building of the platform 1 wall and the recently installed new-build water tank. The building of the base wall for the soon-to-be-installed signalbox was also inspected and the need for redundant materials to complete the heritage signalling facility was noted.

In the course of discussions with the volunteers, Mr Thomas noted the similarities of issues the project faced with station projects being undertaken by Network Rail and the need for more resources to complete the task.

Andy Thomas, Network Rail managing director England and Wales, said: “I was delighted to visit the Corwen site, and see the tremendous work of volunteers first hand, especially the recently installed water tower.

The Llangollen Railway provides the local community and visitors to the area the chance to journey back in time, and I am pleased to see the heritage railway able to expand through generous donations, including from Welsh Government.

“This is an exciting time as the new station platform is completed at Corwen Central, and I would encourage staff from Network Rail to use their volunteer leave to support the Llangollen Railway volunteers in these final stages of the project.”

Richard Dixon-Gough said, “We were very pleased to be able to show Andy how the Corwen project is progressing and contrast our efforts with those of Network Rail on developments elsewhere. Help from all sources is essential if the station is to be completed to receive trains in 2019 and the prospect of Network Rail employees volunteering to help would be most valuable.”

Photo shows Andy Thomas with Richard Dixon-Gough on site at the east end of the Corwen station site.

George Jones, LRT 12 July 2018

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