An exciting community project bringing trains back to the heart of Oswestry going North to Gobowen and beyond and South to Llynclys and Blodwell is making great strides!
INTRODUCING CAMBRIAN HERITAGE RAILWAYS
One of Shropshire's fastest growing heritage tourism projects is well under way: bringing the trains back to Oswestry!
Not only will this give a huge boost to local tourism but also provide key transport links direct from Oswestry to the rest of the UK mainline. In fact this year, CHR is holding a series of events to commemorate 50 years since the last passenger train from Oswestry to Gobowen
Imagine hopping on at Oswestry for London, or Paris, via Gobowen!
Imagine too visitors riding into Oswestry and then enjoying a steam heritage railway trip out into our stunning Marches' countryside via our second station to the south at Llynclys with bikes, prams, and dogs all welcome
It can happen. The project has come a long way recently thanks to the hard work of skilled volunteers that have brought many achievements thus far
But it will move farther and faster with the support of Oswestry - then it will happen
Here's more detail about the project...
OSWESTRY TO GOBOWEN
This will be a vital link in the economic regeneration of Oswestry and Gobowen connecting the rural areas with the larger conurbations and will :
Provide access to the Orthopaedic Hospital
Provide opportunities to develop a sustainable transport link with the mianline
Oswestry together with a Heritage Railway to the south joining Oswestry with the popular & award winning Stonehouse Brewery and Weston Fishing pools, and then on to CHR’s operation at Llynclys where trains have run since 2005
Will provide links to tourism venues including the Park Hall Farm - Countryside Experience and exhibition site.
Increased number of special events at both Oswestry and Llynclys Stations
Station yard being cleared and track level ground cleared of years of debris
Bracket Signal erected.
Water Column erected.
Wrought iron fencing with gates erected and painted
New signage and opening hours for the delightful Railway Museum exterior and entrance
Establish a moving exhibition to the 53 men of the Cambrian who fell in the Great War, and which will run till 2018
With Shropshire Council completing in 2016 a now hugely popular cycle walkway alongside the track between Coney Green crossing and Gasworks Bridge, the growing number of CHR volunteers have been busy relaying track to extend the journey currently possible on trains boarded at Oswestry Station
Continued development of a Community Railway Orchard one mile to the north on the line to Gobowen
SOME KEY FACTS
Oswestry is Shropshire’s largest market town. It is one of the UK’s largest towns not to be connected to a mainline station.
A recent thesis estimated that the Ffestiniog Railway injects over £9M pa into the Gywnedd region and supports over 375 jobs.
Accepted figures report that for every £1 spent on a heritage line, another £4 is spent in the local area.
WHAT ABOUT HERITAGE RAILWAYS?
Heritage railways have become highly successful tourist attractions. They can make a significant contribution to local economies.
They help to extend the tourist season encouraging the purchasing of local goods and services.
Heritage rail attracts substantial numbers of volunteers willing to work for the community, in many cases undergoing training and undertaking managerial or supervisory roles
Current railway legislation requires Cambrian Heritage Railways to obtain a Transport & Works Act Order (TWAO) before they can carry passengers further on the route; dispensations are already in place which allow existing operations to run at both Oswestry and Llynclys.
The detailed Transport & Works Act Order process has commenced with an order and submitted.
Application for major grants
GET ON BOARD
Volunteers are always welcome to bring new skills to the project.
There are regular train services and special events for all the family at our two stations, such as the Bat Train, Driver experience (the perfect Fathers’ Day present!) Easter and Santa Trains. See www.cambrianrailways.com for more details.
Member since: 10th July 2012
A quick introduction - I'm John Waine, Director of TheBestOfOswestry. Having lived in this beautiful area for around 20 years now, I have decided to stay. :)
With kind thanks