A resume of the aims and actions of the Friends of Carrog Restoration group is as follows:
Carrog Station and its environs to be rebuilt as closely as possible to its mid fifties condition.
This period is chosen as it can more authentically accommodate the Railway’s mix of stock than an earlier period and yet avoid reflection of the decline of the later, 1960’s period. The chosen period also corresponds with a rich pool of photographic and written evidence and personal recollection from which authentic information can be garnered.
Where changes from the original plan are considered necessary to meet present day operational demands, additional construction to be accomplished as far as possible using the materials, designs and methods that the original company (the GWR and its successors) would have employed.
Old photo with original lamps used as info source for replica lamp design and positioning.
Early 1960's picture, one of several used as reference in the station reconstruction. Such photographic records were almost the only sources of information available on which to base reconstruction of the signal box, platform 2 waiting room and canopy, toilet block, tin sheds, lamps, token apparatus, signals and platform fixtures etc. Correct detailing of brick buildings was determined in many cases by examining original photographic prints through a lens.
The restored station as visualized by Sam Denley. 565kb size.
Read details of the various G.W.R painting schemes.
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Read the 1924 station report for stations between Ruabon and Corwen in PDF format. 5.88mb
Taken as a whole the policy is considered sufficiently flexible to readily accommodate the present and future needs of a preserved country station within the context of the overall Llangollen Railway.
Adherence to the FOC policy ensures that commitments to the supporting parties (grant providers, shareholders, the FOC membership, volunteer workers, Llangollen Railway etc) and to posterity are all honoured.
The plan was published in various journals such as LR’s Steam at Llangollen, Railway Magazines, the local press, group newsletters, notice boards etc., etc. and presented to the LR board in 1992.
On this basis the FOC group comprising around 62 members was mandated by LR to carry out the station restoration including building of wood post signals and the station maintenance thereafter.
Per the 1996 planning permission and Llangollen Railway’s forward plan for Corwen, the design for Carrog Station was driven by the intention to open Corwen Station as the Railway’s western terminus station in 2000. This was a deciding factor in the restored Carrog Station Layout which was to be primarily that of an intermediate station. Additional items were added only where necessary for operational reasons.
The list of main items required for the Station re-opening:
Track re-instated basically to the original ex - GWR plan.
Surviving station buildings on the station house freehold restored/converted back for Railway use.
Signal Box (1) - rebuilt on original footings. Materials from donor building Houghton Halt. Signal box (2) - Ex Weston Rhyn box retained as a workshop and conserved until required for Corwen. (2000).
Platform 2 waiting room and urinal - rebuilt on original footings. Materials from donor buildings Weston Sub-Edge, Corwen and Trefor station sites. To be fitted out as a Museum of the Ruabon to Barmouth line as time permits and artefacts become available.
Tin Sheds (2). Rebuilt on Platform 1 but re-positioned slightly to respect the present day property boundaries. Materials from Lewis Yates and Bala Lake Railway.
Toilet block. New building west of existing station. Materials from donor buildings Weston Sub-Edge and Corwen East signal box.
Station signs and lamps were recycled from other sites or remanufactured as original.
Six sets of wood post signals and token apparatus were constructed and installed.
Upper brick courses of platforms and coping edge slabs rebuilt to line and level. Drainage installed.
Public entrances and accesses reinstated through Station House freehold to platform. Fences within the freehold boundary that would have subdivided restored platform and blocked the public accesses were removed.
New electrical, water and drainage installations/connections were generally buried or otherwise concealed to fit in with the period of the restoration (when there were few above ground cables or services).
Car park area created and stone surfaced, fenced and with tarmac surfaced entrance road and paths.
Boundary walls and fences were renewed or restored as required.
Where the above related to the Private Properties and grounds (ie not covered by the Light Railway Order) local authority planning and building regs approval was secured by the Station House owner before work could start.
The Friends of Carrog Group qualified for a number of grants due to the heritage value of its restoration approach and also administered a Railway shares sales scheme which boosted input from benefactor parties and individuals.
The concept of a ‘frozen moment of history’ has resulted in a unique collection of period features and atmosphere. This has attracted much favourable commentary from visitors and media (both lay and enthusiast), repeat business to Carrog Station, major benefits to the Railway and regeneration of the Dee Valley.
Friends of Carrog 1992 Business Plan.
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