The Southern Extension

Maespoeth Bank

Would you like to see passenger trains running south of our present railhead just to the south of Maespoeth Junction? If you have travelled along the Dulas Valley, particularly on a Corris train, you will have seen how attractive the views are across the fields and river to the valley sides.

If so, you can help turn dreams into reality by donating to this appeal. There are numerous items that need to be funded, ranging from rail fixings to sleepers, fishplates to ballast; plus the Transport & Works Order needed for these works to commence. These can be sponsored by clicking on the icons below and below those you will find information about two fund-raising trains, one with an uncertain start time and one that doesn’t exist at all.

However before we can think about laying tracks we have the small matter of an embankment to rebuild before we can reach our next target of a new railhead that will double the length of our current running line. This embankment will be some 300 metres long and quite high. It will also have to include a bridge over the river Goedwig and as part of flood control in the valley will need steep side. Construction of that sort will need to be carried out by contractors. Thanks to many generous donations in the past from supporters we have £100,000 in funds towards the work. However the estimated cost of “going south” is (swallows hard) £700,000. Grants are being sought but there is a long way to go.

The reason for the embankment is that although much of the former Corris trackbed is intact beside the road towards Machynlleth road improvements to the A487 have claimed the former route at the point where we need to go next.

All assistance is most welcome and we would like to thank all of our supporters.

Typical Costs  
Rail Fixings per sleeper£15.00
Sleeper (new)£20.00
Fishplates & bolts (per joint)£32.00
One tonne of stone ballast£26.00
1 complete 10 metre track length£795.00

By clicking on the “Donate” button you can really make a difference! 

If you would like to support the Extension but would like to do so without buying track components we can offer tickets for a historic special train which has yet to run and for which we have no departure time as yet. Or you can “travel” on a non-existent train and acquire some nice and unusual artwork. Intrigued? Read on….

We have tickets to sell for the first train to storm up the 1 in 30 of Maespoeth Bank, once we have rebuilt it. The maximum number of seats is 76, depending on the comparative speeds of construction for the new carriages and the Extension. They are available now at a price of £500 each which goes into building the section to run the train on. The earliest date of operation is 2020 and it could be later. There are initial thoughts of a full scale celebration including a one-off Edmondson card ticket, certificate of authenticity and a buffet in the carriage shed at Maespoeth Junction. If you would like to take part in this piece of history please send a cheque value £500 and payable to the Corris Railway to David Coleman, Brynderw, Aberlleffenni, Machynlleth, Powys, SY20 9RR.

The Corris Concept Coaches

The idea behind the Corris Concept Coaches is to encourage donations by offering in return a bit of fun and some keepsake documents, nice enough to display.

Those who participate in this conceptual artwork, by travelling in imagination over the unrestored Corris Railway line, validate their participation by donating money towards the cost of extending the Railway.

Receive a numbered certificate individually signed both by the artist and our President, Christopher Awdry.

They also receive a map with a full explanation of the artwork, and a ticket to ride their virtual journey. These documents form a limited edition of 500. Of these 50 form a much more limited edition with numbered seats on the very first virtual train. Some of these 50 are already reserved for VIPs.

For standard certificates, numbers 51 – 500, the suggested minimum donation is a modest £10.00, with the expected range of donations being from £10.00 to £20.00. The amount of the donation will be recorded upon the certificate.

For the scarce and more elaborate premium certificates, donations of above £30.00 are expected.

Both types of certificates are available to non-members; this offer is being promoted and advertised elsewhere. It would be wise therefore not to delay, especially if one of the premium certificates is desired.

Corris Concept Coaches - Basic Certificate

Corris Concept Coaches - Standard Ticket

Standard Ticket

Corris Concept Coaches - Premium Ticket

Premium Ticket

2 thoughts on “The Southern Extension

  • 29th March 2018 at 10:36 pm

    The Southern extension page does not have any information about the said extension, only how to contribute to it financially.

    • 18th May 2018 at 2:38 pm

      Thanks for your feedback, further content is being added to the new website. The first installment, in relation to The Southern Extension, is Goedwig South.


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