To open up the news reporting in 2017, CHR have issued a Press Release to highlight our progress during the previous year.
As well as opening up the main line as far as Gasworks Bridge, volunteers started to relay the track following the bridge towards Weston Wharf. This is while we wait for Shropshire Council to complete work on the bridge, allowing us to pass underneath.
CHR Trustee Glyn Evans reflects on the progress made near Travis Perkins’ yard, off Maesbury Road, Oswestry.
Of course, along this stretch of the line we have left the built-up areas of Oswestry and enter open countryside.
A reminder that this section of railway is out in the countryside, as seen here on December 29, 2016.
On Wednesday 23rd November at Oswestry’s large and lively Library a short ceremony took place to mark the launch of the Cambrian Heritage Railways book collection!
A number of members of CHR and the public were there to hear Andrew Tullo ( Communications) and Lionel Wass (Museum Curator) join chief Librarian Debbie Marais and Ian Griffith President of the Rotary Club of Oswestry in describing how this unique community initiative came about.
Central to the reference only collection of over 1,000 books are Anglo Welsh and Celtic railways. They are being catalogued such that online searches from within the library and remotely can be undertaken for a facility which we believe is unique in the preserved railway world
For the full story go to our Museum section.
The Christmas Raffle for 2016 was, as usual, well supported. Thankyou to everyone who participated.
The top prizes were distributed as follows:
- 1st. Mrs H Skidmore
- 2nd. Mr Rowlands from Wrexham, and
- 3rd. Mr Karran from Manchester.
Other smaller prizes went to:
- Ms Furber from Oswestry
- Mr C Nicholson
- Miss Caraway from Oswestry
- Professor Jones
- Mr Wilson from Oswestry
- Mr Bailey from Much Wenlock, and
- Mr & Mrs Hampson from Oswestry
Shrewsbury Railways Heritage Trust
On 20th May, Shrewsbury Railways Heritage Trust invited CHR to hold an exhibition in their excellently restored Abbey Station - the original Shrewsbury terminus of the ‘Potts’ and Shropshire and Montgomeryshire Railways.
A wide array of Cambrian artefacts and photographs were displayed and a large number of visitors crammed into the tiny station building.
As part of the event CHR Chairman, Rob Williams, gave two Powerpoint presentations, both of which were both well attended and produced interesting questions and comments from the audience.
Rob giving his second presentation at Abbey Station
Gobowen Station under Community Ownership
Units 1 & 2 on Platform 1
The Ticket Office on Platform 2
The Gobowen Area Improvement Group (GAIP) have completed the purchase of the buildings on Platforms 1 & 2 at Gobowen Station.
This group includes Oswestry Station Buildings Trust, which should help CHR be able to develop our presence at Gobowen, having already purchased the trackbed and line connecting to our leased trackbed.
The full press release can be read in our forum.
Ruston Secured for Llynclys
The future of Ruston & Hornsby 165DE-type 0-4-0 diesel (458641 of 1963) 'Alun Evans' has been secured at the Cambrian Heritage Railways' (CHR) Llynclys operation following a change of ownership.
The locomotive was named in 2014 in honour of a popular CHR volunteer, who passed away at the tender age of 24. The diesel has now been acquired by the Evans family from CHR volunteer Malcolm Davidson, who brought the loco to Llynclys in 2011.
Glyn Evans, who now owns the engine jointly with his wife Ann and eldest son Gareth, said: "We are to delighted to acquire this locomotive, which serves as a living memorial to Alun at a railway he loved. The loco will continue to be based at Llynclys, where it is used for shunting and on passenger trains with a Mk1 coach and a Shark brake van."
The Evans family would be interested to hear from anyone with information or photographs of the engine over the course of its career. Please email Glyn here.
‘Alun Evans’ on the day of its naming - 16th Aug 2014
WW1 Cambrian Fallen Commemorated
A large crowd gathered at Oswestry Station on 19th August for our annual Cambrian at War event. This is the fourth occasion that we have remembered Cambrian members of staff who fell in the Great War at a major event at the station in addition to marking the centenaries of the men as they occur.
We were delighted to welcome Cllr. Paul Milner to light the lamp and lay the memorial poppies.In attendance too were standard bearers and members of the Royal Welsh Fusiliers and Light Infantry Associations. Rev. Dr. John Chesworth from St. Oswald's led a short service of remembrance and the Oswestry Wild Singers performed the song Only Remembered from the musical War Horse. (Andrew Tullo, who was a leading light in getting the WW1 exhibition up and running, as well as organising the previous memorial events, was a member of the choir, so it was most appropriate that they should come along.)
In particular we remembered three men who fell in July and August 1917, Pt. David Thomas, Royal Welsh Fusiliers, cleaner at Llanidloes, Pt. Hugh Philip Evans, RWF, Station Master at Boughrood on the Mid-Wales branch and Pt. Frank Jones, King's Shropshire Light Infantry who lived in Hengoed and worked as a warehouseman in the Traffic Department at Oswestry all of whom were all killed at Passchendaele. The two minutes silence began and ended with a blast on the whistle of the loco.
Static exhibitions in the station were provided by Nick Holden of Shrewsbury, the Welsh Guards' Museum at Park Hall and Clive Roberts with his collection of WW2 model military vehicles and aircraft.
Our next remembrance will be on Thursday 30th November at 12.00 when we mark the falling of 5 Cambrian men in November and December 1917.
Veterans, Cllr. Milner and Rev. Dr. John Chesworth commemorate the fallen Cambrian Staff.