The Corris Railway (Welsh: Rheilffordd Corris) is a narrow gauge preserved railway based in Corris on the border between Merionethshire (now Gwynedd) and Montgomeryshire (now Powys) in Mid-Wales.
The line opened in 1859, and originally ran from Derwenlas, south east of Machynlleth north to Corris and on to Aberllefenni. Branches served the slate quarries at Corris Uchaf, Aberllefenni, the isolated quarries around Ratgoed and quarries along the length of the Dulas Valley.
The railway closed in 1948, but a preservation society was formed in 1966, initially opening a museum; a short section of line between Corris and Maespoeth was re-opened to passengers in 2002. The railway now operates as a tourist attraction. A new steam locomotive was built for the railway, which was delivered in 2005. The two surviving locomotives, plus some of the original rolling stock, are preserved on the nearby Talyllyn Railway.
The gauge of the railway is 2 ft 3 in (686 mm). (Wikipedia)
|m||c||m||c||place||slate, open||slate, closed||passenger,|
|8||43||Capel Ratgoed (Tramway)||1/4/1859||20/8/1948|
|6||33||ABERLLEFENNI - limit for locomotives||1/4/1859||20/8/1948||25/8/1887||1/1/1931|
|6||8||Matthew Mill Siding||1/4/1859||20/8/1948|
|4||22||49||Maespoeth Junction, with COR2||1/4/1859||20/8/1948||MAESPOETH||3/6/2002|
|58||Current end of line|
|2||40||TAN-Y-COED - proposed end of line||?|
|38||FRIDD GATE HALT||1/4/1859||20/8/1948||7/1887||1/1/1931|
|Corris, Machynlleth and River Dovey Tramroad 1859 -1864|
|Cambrian Railway over bridge||1/4/1859||1864|
|Ysgol Bro Ddfyfi (footpath)||1/4/1859||1864|
|CEI WARD (Morben)||1/4/1859||1864|
|CWI GOGH (Carreg)||1/4/1859||1864|
|COR2||UPPER CORRIS TRAMWAY|
|1||58||End of line||1/4/1859||1941|
|60||Braichgoch and Gwaewern Quarries||1/4/1859||1941|
|0||Maespoeth Junction, with COR1||1/4/1859||1941|
New terminus at Corris Map
Another part of the Extension Plans includes a new version of Corris Station. The original building was highly unusual for a British narrow gauge line in that it had an overall roof to protect passengers from the weather when the weather fronts came ashore and ran up against the mountains of Snowdonia. Sadly this iconic structure was finally demolished in 1968.
However we would like to partially recreate the scene as it once was and you can see what we wish to achieve elsewhere on this website. We have consulted with local residents and other stakeholders (and are continuing to do so) about our plans but as we extend and our trains become longer and busier the present layout just will not do. Construction timetables for the station part of the project will be subject to many factors, not least the cost of construction, but rest assured that any money going towards the Southern Extension is helping to bring forward the day when an engine will steam under a station roof at Corris once more.
Southern Extension to Tan-y-Coed
It has always been the intention to rebuild the Corris Railway southwards from Corris, through Maespoeth Junction and down the beautiful Dulas Valley to the Forestry Commission site at Tan-y-Coed. Once completed this will give our passengers a run of over two and three quarter miles in each direction from the new station that will have to be constructed at Tan-Y-Coed, through the surviving original Corris station at Esgaergeiliog and Maespoeth Junction to an improved station at Corris that will partially recreate the original iconic overall roofed structure. Read more...
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