Rebuilding the Corris Railway in Mid-Wales
Stand number: A3
The Corris Railway is pleased to be able to return to the show again this year.
The ambition of the Society is to recreate part of the experience of the old Corris that ran from Machynlleth up the Dulas Valley towards the slate mines for which the area was famous.
Founded over 50 years ago the Society has so far opened ¾ mile of 2’3” track from the village of Corris down the valley. To run on it we have built a replica of one of the early locomotives (Tattoo) and restored the original engine shed including fitting it out for engineering purposes. Indeed a team of volunteers put the loco through its 10 year examination including re-tubing in this very building. We have built 2 carriages in the image of the carriages in use around 1900 when the line was in its heyday conveying tens of thousands of sightseers as well as moving slate.
Looking to the future it has active plans to extend the line further South and to re-develop Corris Station so that once more trains will leave from under a train shed roof just like of old. In addition it is progressing well with building a replica of one of the original locomotives to work the line (Falcon) and the boiler can be viewed in our carriage shed. We are waiting on the day when it can be united with the wheeled frames and cylinders which have been built off site for us. The motion is currently being manufactured. This will add to the fleet which also includes 3 diesels and a battery electric loco which previously operated in Aberllefenni Slate quarry at the North end of the original line.
The Society has built an impressive carriage shed which not only houses the heritage waggons and carriages we have built but is also the workshop in which two further carriages are being built. The original railway stable block and parcels office at Corris now houses our museum and ticket office.
Run entirely by volunteers we would be pleased to tell and show you more about what we are doing. You can find our informative display in the Atrium. If you miss us you can see hundreds of photos on our website Corris.co.uk. More photographs are added every two or three weeks.
Better still come and see the real thing on a trip to North and West Wales. Your support and encouragement would be most welcome.