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Developments on the Corris Railway

Discussion in 'Narrow Gauge Railways' started by Corris Steam, May 22, 2016.

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    A few new photos showing progress and people are on the website this evening.
     
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    The Corris will appear in the first episode of a new BBC Wales series at 8.30 tonight, October 26th. I don't know how much of the half hour it will get but the show should be on IPlayer afterwards for a skip through if so desired.
     
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    After the trial fitting of the boiler to the new build Falcon 0-4-2ST being constructed for the revival of the Corris Railway, work has continued on the construction and erection of the locomotive in the workshops of Alan Keef Ltd.

    One of the largest individual and most visible of the sections being worked on is the cab, a taller version of that carried by the original trio of Corris locos. After an initial trial assembly in the Nottingham workshop of a Corris Railway Society volunteer the sections were taken to Keef’s and were placed on the frames for the first time. As expected this showed some minor adjustment work would be required but overall this part of the project has gone well.

    Meanwhile a Derby based CRS volunteer has been active in his workshop and is working together with the staff at Keef’s to produce components for the brake gear. More volunteer produced items in the form of the buffers have been sent from the Railway’s workshops at Maespoeth Jnc to be eventually united with the rest of the new construction.

    Footplate sections are in place with some pipe runs that will fit beneath them in situ and drawhook blanks have been delivered ready for machining. The regulator quadrant has been produced.

    A deadline of the end of February has been set for the Corris to supply various components to Keef’s with a view to meeting the September 2022 completion date target. These include;-
    The remaining brake parts the CR is responsible for.

    Salter spring balances, boiler fittings, springs for the trailing truck and draw hooks, cab windows, CAD design and laser cutting files for the saddle tank. Some of the individual boiler fittings can be sponsored via www.corris.co.uk


    In addition there are the air brake valve and mechanical lubricator and, in liaison with the Talyllyn Railway, the air pump, and injectors.


    Many of the above are well on the way already but there is a lot still to do to get them over the line. This includes the absolutely crucial matter of raising the necessary finance to get number 10 into traffic in the Dulas Valley. Apart from the specific boiler components listed at www.corris.co.uk Individual online donations can be made there or cheques payable to Corris Railway can be sent to Peter Guest, 38 Underwood Close, Callow Hill, Redditch, Worcestershire, B97 5YS. Peter can also supply forms for anyone who might wish to take out a short term regular standing order to help the locomotive towards completion.
     
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    More pictures of work on the railway, local birdlife and other local events have been loaded to the Corris website this evening.
     
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    If it's Tuesday it must be time for new pictures on the Corris website -- plus news of Santa Train bookings.
     
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    A picture of a new bus shelter plus a good number of railway activity images have appeared on the Corris site this evening.
     
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    And as of this morning there is a new, albeit short. Richard Shipman progress report video loaded to the Corris website.
     
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    Richard's clip gives a very good impression of just how large that new embankment at Pont y Goedwig actually is ..... i.e. seriously big.

    I rather suspect that in future, we'll be seeing many fantastic shots of locos digging in to attack Maespoeth bank, shot from the foot of that embankment. Surely it's a feature worthy of it's own name, assuming no-one has come up with one already. Fingers crossed nothing else on this scale is required .... north of Pont y Dyfi (Newydd), at any rate.
     
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    There will no doubt be an in-house nickname in some circles for the earthworks but I think it will officially remain Maespoeth Bank. As for other obstructions to a triumphal rebuilding along the Dulas Valley -- more immediately there is more of this work to be done and the bridge over the Goedwig itself to build before the track laying and creation of the planned run round at Goedwig South, as it will be known, just north of Pont Evans. Getting that done will take a good while yet, and money in large amounts, and it's one of three big projects along with the station and number 10 that have to be financed. Not to mention the other projects that can be seen coming along in the photos that are regularly loaded to the website. Other looming costs are number 7's second 10 Year examination and resultant work and carriage maintenance. And the boring but can't do without it stuff like utility bills, insurance etc, etc de blah.

    My latest donation will be in the post tomorrow.
     
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    Lots of pictures of lining out of a carriage and other work in progress have been posted on the Corris website this evening.
     
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    The news section of the Corris website has good news about last weekend's Santa Trains and the part of planned activity for the next few months plus a new, brief, video.
     
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    The finery on carriage 23 is coming together a treat.
     
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    Yes indeed and can be seen in some new photos loaded on the Corris website this evening.
     
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    The last pictures of this year have appeared on the Corris website showing the next steps with the work for the new station layout at Corris station. The traverser is underway at Statfold and the volunteer workforce has begun to lift the existing station trackwork. Hopefully we'll see more pics of progress in the weeks to come.
     
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    Just to prove me wrong some more photos from the last fortnight of 2021 have appeared on the Corris website this evening.
     
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    How does the Welsh language handle the universal concept of "Sod's Law"? :)

    Cheers for the heads up .... I thought updates were done for the time being too. Evidently busy times at both ends of the CR and greatly looking forward to the next swathe of photos.
     
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    How does the Welsh language handle the universal concept of "Sod's Law"? :)
    Cyfraith Sod?
     
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    Not the best news, but does underline the commitment of the Corris to fiscal responsibility. I'm going to check down the back of my sofa, to see if there's anything useful I can contribute:

    https://www.corris.co.uk/news/
     
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    I have taken a break from NP but I have sent off another payment towards getting that part of the Corris revival going again. No doubt when funds have recovered there will be more about how this goes forward.

    Meanwhile the first pics of 2022 are on the site. Carriage and Waggon, Corris station, landscape, pig ready for winter and more.
     
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