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The Corris Railway

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)



mcmcplaceslate, openslate, closedpassenger,
843Capel Ratgoed (Tramway)1/4/185920/8/1948
633ABERLLEFENNI - limit for locomotives1/4/185920/8/194825/8/18871/1/1931
68Matthew Mill Siding1/4/185920/8/1948
565GARNEDDWEN HALT1/4/185920/8/194811/18871/1/1931
6Braichgoch Farm
42249Maespoeth Junction, with COR21/4/185920/8/1948MAESPOETH3/6/2002
56MAESPOETH Platform South
58Former end of line
66½Current head of steel
67½Brynllwyd South Access
15Pont Goedwig
359163PONT EVANS1/4/185920/8/1948
344178ESGAIRGEILIOG HALT1/4/185920/8/19485/18841/1/1931
240TAN-Y-COED - proposed end of line
222LLWYNGWERN HALT1/4/185920/8/19485/18841/1/1931
151LLIWDY HALT1/4/185920/8/19481/1/1931
120DOLDDERWEN CROSSING1/4/185920/8/19484/7/18831/3/1931
38FRIDD GATE HALT1/4/185920/8/19487/18871/1/1931
27Dovey Bridge1/4/185920/8/1948
 Corris, Machynlleth & River Dovey Tramroad 1859-1864
Cambrian Railway over bridge1/4/18591864
Ysgol Bro Ddfyfi (footpath)1/4/18591864
CEI WARD (Morben)1/4/18591864
CWI GOGH (Carreg)1/4/18591864
158End of line1/4/18591941
149Abercwmmeiddaw Quarry1/4/18591941
122Abercorris Quarry1/4/18591941
60Braichgoch and Gwaewern Quarries1/4/18591941
0Maespoeth Junction, with COR11/4/18591941
For a more detailed version of the distance table see here.


A New Station at Corris

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. Read more...

Southern Extension to Geodwig South

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...

Publications (selected)

Ordnance Survey Maps in my Collection (selected)
1:50 000 (Landranger) sheet 124 Dolgellau. Published 2010 Edition B3 Revised 1998 Selected revision 2009
1:25 000 Explorer Map OL23 Cadair Idris and Llyn Tegid. Published 2015 Edition 5/15 Revised 2013 Selected revision 5/2015
1:25 000 Explorer Map 215Newtown / Y Drenewydd and Machynlleth. Published 2015 Edition ?/15 Revised 2011 Selected revision 9/2015
1:25 000 Second Series (Pathfinder) sheet 885 (SH 70/90) Edition A Published 10/1989 Revised 1973-80
1:25 000 Second Series (Pathfinder) sheet 886 (SH 80/90) Edition A Published   8/1989 Revised 1973-81 Selected revision
1:25 000 Second Series (Pathfinder) sheet OLM 23 Snowdonia - Cadair Idris and Dovey Forest. Published 3/1998 Revised ? Selected revision ?
1:25 000 First (Provisional) Series sheet SH 70 Machynlleth. Edition Published Edition Revised
1:10 560 Provisional Edition sheet 70 NE. Published 1964 Edition A Revised 1943-45 Roads revised 1962
1:10 560 Provisional Edition sheet 70 NW. Published 1964 Edition A Revised 1943-45 Roads revised 1962
1:10 560 Provisional Edition sheet 70 SE. Published 1964 Edition A Revised 1943-45 Roads revised 1962
1:10 560 Provisional Edition sheet 70 SW. Published 1964 Edition A Revised 1943-45 Roads revised 1962

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