Corwen railway station

Corwen railway station refers to two stations, on different sites, which have existed in the town of Corwen in Denbighshire, Wales.

Original station building (closed in 1964) in January 2010
General information
LocationCorwen, Denbighshire
Original companyLlangollen & Corwen Railway
Pre-groupingGreat Western Railway
Post-groupingGreat Western Railway
Western Region of British Railways
Key dates
1 Sept 1865Opened
2 Nov 1964Closed to goods [1]
14 Dec 1964Closed to passengers
2 Jun 2023Reopened on new site

The first was on the Ruabon to Barmouth Line. It was opened in 1865 and closed in 1964. The second is located on the preserved Llangollen Railway and was opened in 2023.

Original station edit

The main station building in 1992, showing the demolished wings and central section, about to be redeveloped as a showroom

The first station to open was a temporary station to the east of the town, when the line from Denbigh opened in October 1864. A permanent station was opened by the Great Western Railway in May 1865. The station had two platforms, a signal box, and was a passing place on the single track line.

Corwen was also the southern terminus of the Denbigh, Ruthin and Corwen Railway (DR&CR), which ran from Rhyl via Denbigh and Ruthin to Corwen, opening in 1864. According to the Official Handbook of Stations, the following classes of traffic were being handled at this station in 1956: G, P, F, L, H and C and there was a 1-ton 10 cwt crane.[2] The former DR&CR route officially closed in 1965.

Corwen station itself was scheduled to close under the Beeching Axe to passengers on Monday 18 January 1965 however it closed prematurely on Monday 14 December 1964 due to flood damage west of the station.

The main station building and site remains intact today, in private use since 1990 as a showroom for Ifor Williams Trailers; the trackbed was infilled, both main building wings and the toilets were demolished, and the central section was rebuilt to accommodate a showroom.

New station (Llangollen Railway) edit

The new Corwen railway station in 2023

In 2011, the preserved Llangollen Railway began work to re-construct the 2+12-mile (4.0 km) section of the permanent way from its then terminus at Carrog, past the site of Bonwm Halt and on to Corwen. As the original Corwen station is now in private use, and the track bed in between also sub-divided, construction of a new station, east of the original, was included in the project.

The first stage of the project saw the extension of the line to a temporary station at Corwen East, which opened in October 2014. There was a formal opening ceremony on St David's Day, 1 March 2015, followed by the first full season of trains. As a final stage, in early 2019 the temporary structure at Corwen East was removed and the line was extended a further 200 metres to the new permanent station, constructed next to the town's main car park. The new station opened on 2 June 2023. It features an island platform with two platform edges (accessed via a pedestrian underpass), a headshunt, and a small siding on the same alignment as, and accessed from, the run-round loop.[3][4]

Preceding station   Disused railways   Following station
Bonwm Halt   Great Western Railway
Ruabon to Barmouth Line
Gwyddelwern   London and North Western Railway
Denbigh, Ruthin and Corwen Railway
Preceding station    Heritage railways Following station
Terminus   Llangollen Railway   Carrog

References edit

  1. ^ Clinker, C.R., (1978) Clinker’s Register of Closed Stations, Avon Anglia ISBN 0-905466-19-5
  2. ^ 1956, Official Handbook of Stations, British Transport Commission
  3. ^ Holden, Michael (2 June 2023). "Photos as Llangollen Railway steams into Corwen". RailAdvent. Retrieved 3 June 2023.
  4. ^ "Corwen Station". Llangollen Railway. Retrieved 7 February 2023.

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