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