Llangollen Railway is a heritage railway line starting at Llangollen Station, located beside the Dee River Bridge in Llangollen Town and continuing 7 ½ miles upstream to the village of Carrog.
The railway was started in 1975 by a group of enthusiasts who saw the potential for a scenic heritage line through the Dee Valley.
The line passes through one of the most beautiful and historically interesting valleys in Britain with the Berwyn Mountains towering above on either side as it follows the course of the River Dee.
The Dee is classed as a Site of Special Scientific Interest (SSSI)
Historical sites abound, some like Castell Dinas Bran having Arthurian legends associated with them. During Medieval times, the valley was heavily involved in border warfare and the rebellion of Owain Glyndwr. As Britain moved into the industrial revolution the work of great engineers especially Thomas Telford, had a major impact on the valley. Telford was to build both the London to Holyhead road and the beautiful Llangollen Canal which flows close to the line.
The line is currently being extended another 2 ½ miles to the town of Corwen, which is hoped to be completed by the end of 2012
Llangollen Railway hosts a series of events throughout the year from children’s events ‘A Day Out With Thomas’ and ‘Santa Specials’ to events for the adults including a ‘1960s Weekend,’ ‘Classic Transport Weekend’ and Gala weekends plus evening events including ‘Murder Mystery Trains’ and the ‘Real Ale Trains’.
Tickets on normal service days include all day travel with the exception of some events and group rates are available
For more information visit the website – www.llangollen-railway.co.uk