Llangollen Railway is primarily a steam hauled Heritage Railway Line starting at Llangollen Station, located beside the Dee River Bridge, in Llangollen Town, the journey continues for 10 miles upstream, following the River Dee to the town of Corwen. The Dee is classed as a Site of Special Scientific Interest (SSSI) for its entire length.
The line, located within an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty (AONB), remains close to the waters of the river for most of its length, on the north bank at Llangollen Station, the river is crossed on to the south bank via the Dee Bridge, approximately one mile upstream from Llangollen.
Llangollen Railway was started in 1975 by a group of enthusiasts who saw the potential for a scenic heritage line through the Dee Valley. Their original vision grew into what you can see today.
10 miles of track have been re-laid westwards along the track-bed of the old Ruabon to Barmouth main line, through to Corwen.
The old main line closed to passenger traffic in 1965 and to goods in 1968. The track, signalling and much of the infrastructure was removed or demolished quickly after this, although Llangollen, Berwyn and Carrog Station buildings survived.
The enthusiasts commemorated the reopening in 1975 with an open day at Llangollen Station where 60 feet of track had been relaid. The rest, as they say, is history. Berwyn was reached in 1985, Deeside in 1990, Glyndyfrdwy in Easter 1992 and Carrog in 1996.
On Wednesday 22nd October 2014, the first passenger train pulled into Dwyrain Corwen East along with newly extended 2 1/2 miles of line from Carrog to Corwen.
Demolished infrastructure, such as the signal boxes at Llangollen Goods Junction, Deeside Halt, Glyndyfrdwy and Carrog were rebuilt from the ground up and are fully operational allowing multi train operation on gala days and busy weekends.
The line then climbs steeply to reach Berwyn Station, from where the climb continues, through Berwyn Tunnel (1/3 mile). From here the line rises gently for the next 2 miles to Glyndyfrdwy Station and village, and finally, on to Carrog on a gently rising grade.
All the stations along the track are of a typical Victorian design and each station has been recreated in 1950’s Great Western colour scheme.