The Lllangolen Railway is a preserved railway running from a picturesque station next to the River Dee in the town to Carrog seven miles away.
The train follows the river for most of the journey and the line climbs steadily for the whole journey along the Dee Valley.
This is an interesting line and the ride is very scenic. Manned by volunteers they have managed to recreate the feel of a GWR branch line in the 1950s.
The line closed to passengers in 1965 and the volunteers reopened the line in 1975 although it took many years to reach Carrog and this was finally reached in 1996.
Unfortunately on the day of our visit there were no ex BR steam locomotives working and we only saw the small anonymous tank engine that pulled our train.
Chronology for Vale of Llangollen Railway
1/ 8/ 1859 Vale of Llangollen Railway Act passed. Engineer: Henry Robertson.
1/ 12/ 1861 Vale of Llangollen Railway Line opened to freight.
2/ 6/ 1862 Vale of Llangollen Railway Line opened to passengers.
8/ 5/ 1865 Vale of Llangollen Railway Llangollen (Old) closed on replacement with a new station on the Llangollen and Corwen Railway.
12/ 12/ 1964 Vale of Llangollen Railway,Llangollen and Corwen Railway,Corwen and Bala Railway.
Bala and Dolgelly Railway
Aberystwith and Welch Coast Railway Closed to all freight, GPO mails contract expired.
16/ 1/ 1965 Vale of Llangollen Railway,Llangollen and Corwen Railway, Corwen and Bala Railway, Bala and Dolgelly Railway, Aberystwith and Welch Coast Railway Last day of passenger service from Ruabon (excluded) to Morfa Mawddach (excluded).
18/ 1/ 1965 Vale of Llangollen Railway, Llangollen and Corwen Railway, Corwen and Bala Railway
Bala and Dolgelly Railway, Aberystwith and Welch Coast Railway Closed to passengers from Ruabon (excluded) to Morfa Mawddach (excluded).
1/ 4/ 1968 Vale of Llangollen Railway, Llangollen and Corwen Railway, Llangollen Goods Junction to Ruabon (excluded) closed.
1975 Llangollen and Corwen Railway A base is established Llangollen with the intention of preserving a standard gauge line in North Wales.
/ 9/ 1975 Llangollen and Corwen Railway Open day to launch the re-opening of the line as the Llangollen Railway. Line has 60 feet of track.
The Llangollen Railway or in Welsh (Rheilffordd Llangollen) is a volunteer-run
preserved railway in Denbighshire, Wales, which operates between Llangollen and Carrog;
at 7.5 miles (12.1 km) long, it is easily the longest preserved standard gauge line in Wales.
Work is in the early stages of being carried out on 2.5 miles (4.0 km)
of extension from Carrog to Corwen. This will require civil engineering
work on an embankment at Corwen, where a new station will be built.
Vale of Llangollen Railway
The course of the original Vale of Llangollen Railway Co.'s line is closed.
The original terminus at Llangollen was slightly further east than the
station presently standing. Today a preserved railway operates from
Llangollen westwards towards Corwen called the Llangollen Railway.
A fun little locomotive trip to or from Carrog. We took it into town and it was a lot of fun. The only time I have been on a steam-powered train. It was nice.