An Extra Day Of Train Operations on June 16th

Atmospheric look at the Falcon Locomotive at Maespoeth Junction South Platform (AJO)

There will an extra day of passenger train operations on the Corris Railway in June. On Sunday 16th trains will leave Corris station for the round trip along the beautiful Dulas Valley to Maespoeth Junction and back at 11.00, 12.00, 13.30, 14.30 and 15.30. The Museum and shop area will be open at Corris station and passengers will be able to see the workshops at the Junction and the work being carried out by the Railway’s volunteers. This will be the day after the 2024 Gala Day.

 

More Passenger Trains And Three Locomotives In Steam At Corris Railway Gala Day – June 15th 2024

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Photograph shows a scene from the 2021 Gala Day when ex-Corris Railway No. 4 Tattoo Locomotive paid a visit from Talyllyn Railway to join replica Corris Railway No. 7.

This year’s Corris Railway Gala Day, which will be held on Saturday June 15th, will have a couple of changes to previous Galas on the Mid-Wales narrow gauge railway, Past galas have seen demonstration freight and van trains running between Corris station and Maespoeth Junction and some trains headed by diesel locomotives.

Instead this year’s plans intend to see three locomotives in steam. The Corris’ own Kerr Stuart “Tattoo” No. 7, completed in 2005, and its “Falcon” No. 10, delivered from the workshops of Alan Keef Ltd at the end of August 2023 and making its Gala debut. They will be joined by “Falcon” No. 3 “Sir Haydn”, courtesy of the Talyllyn Railway, which will be spending the month of June back on its original route. No. 3 was constructed by the Henry Hughes company in Loughborough in 1878 and is the surviving member of the trio of locomotives that brought steam to the Dulas Valley for the first time.

The lack of freight workings is based on past experience when planned trips for the Railway’s heritage freight stock had to be cancelled on the day in favour of passenger trains to meet the demand of space for people to travel.

One of the features of the day will be some double heading of trains by No’s 3 and 10. Evidence of double heading by “Falcons” during the Corris’ history, even in its “golden age” before the First World War is scanty. One photograph exists of such a working on the bridge over the river Dyfi at Machynlleth but it is not known if this was a set-up for a commercial postcard. With the original route closed in 1948 memories of how trains worked have almost vanished but local tradition says that some trains were double headed at times of high demand, such as on market days in Machynlleth. It is suggested that on these occasions the pairing would work returning trains from Machynlleth as far as Maespoeth Junction. There with the most severe climbing over, including the 1 in 30 gradient on the approach to the Junction, which the current work on the Southern Extension will recreate, one locomotive would detach before the other took the trains on the rest of its journey to Corris and Aberllefenni.

It can be safely said that three locomotives in steam is a sight that has not been seen on the Corris in over a century and beyond living memory.

Visitors to the Gala will also be able to see the work being carried out by the Corris’ volunteer workforce including carriage number 24 which once complete will allow first class travel on the line for the first time in at least 90 years. The Railway’s Museum at Corris will be open, along with the sales area at which drinks and sweets will be on sale. It is a very short walk from the station to the village shop and cafe, and the “Slaters Arms” which until 1948 had its beer delivered by train with the barrels being rolled across the road from the level crossing opposite the pub. The Corris Craft Centre also has an excellent cafe and visitors may park their cars there and walk to the station down the zig-zag path (which is a steep journey on the return). Parking is available at the station and Lloyd’s bus service number 34 stops outside the station yard.

Advance Gala tickets can be purchased via www.corris.co.uk

Advance Tickets For 2024 Corris Railway Gala Day

No. 3 at Maespoeth Junction - 6th June 2003

This year’s Corris Railway Gala Day on June 15th will be a special moment in the history of the revival of the oldest narrow gauge railway in Mid-Wales. For the first time in over a century two “Falcon” locomotives will be in steam and working trains between Corris station at Maespoeth Junction.

Following the completion of our new “Falcon”. No. 10, in August 2023 it has been a priority to see it working with Corris No. 3, the surviving and much rebuilt member of the original trio built in Loughborough by the Henry Hughes company in 1878. Since 1951, and following the closure of the original Corris route by British Railways in 1948, it has worked on the neighbouring Talyllyn Railway where it has been named “Sir Haydn”. It has visited Corris before during the revival period, the photograph shows No. 3 at Maespoeth Junction during passenger services in June 2003, but this will be the first time the two classmates have featured together.

No. 3 is the result of the work of Corris Railway Engineer Alfred Hulme who tackled the problem of the original trio wearing out after four decades of hard work by amalgamating components from No.s 1 and 3, whilst No. 2 stayed serviceable as back up to No. 4, delivered new from Kerr Stuart of Stoke-on-Trent in 1921. More work was done on the amalgamated No. 3 at Swindon in 1929, ahead of the Corris being acquired by the Great Western Railway the following year. No. 2 was then retired and scrapped along with No. 1.

With the Corris and Talyllyn sharing the two feet and three inches track gauge, which is almost unique in Britain, neither “Falcon” will be seen working elsewhere so this is a chance to witness and enjoy a bit of railway history. Why not come to see the event and take a train journey in this beautiful part of Wales with the sun at its annual zenith?

If you cannot make it on the 15th No. 3 will be in action on the Corris on the 8th, 22nd and 29th.

Advance tickets can be purchased online now.

Two Corris Railway Publicity Stands At Once – April 27th 2024

2023 saw Ian with very clued-up visitor Tommy Morely Yates who has an astounding knowledge of the Corris Railway.

The Corris will have publicity stands at two different events simultaneously on Saturday April 27th.

One will be at Narrow Gauge South, an annual event organised by the 009 Society and featuring some 30 layouts in the most popular of the narrow gauge modelling scales. There will also be trade stands with items to tempt the wallet to open or the card to be wielded. The venue is Barton Peveril College, Chestnut Cottage. Eastleigh, S050 5ZA and the doors will be open from 10am to 5pm.

The other is the National Garden Railway Show which is taking place at the National Agricultural Centre, Stoneleigh Park, CV8 2LG. It is between Coventry and Warwick. This is large scale modelling and is organised by the 16mm Society. 17 layouts are due to appear plus trade support. Opening hours will be 9.30am to 5pm.

A Talk About The Corris In Shrewsbury

Shropshire Railway Society

Overcoming adversity in re-establishing a much loved line. Corris Railway Society member Chris Smith will be giving a talk about the Corris to the Shropshire Railway Society on Thursday 11th April 2024.

The venue is The Gateway Education and Arts Centre, Chester Street, Shrewsbury, SY1 1NB. The start time is 19:30 and the finish time 21:30 with a break for refreshments.

Guests are welcome but are expected to make a donation of at least £3.00 to help defray costs.

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