The Corris Railway was the first narrow Gauge railway in Mid-Wales and dates back to the 1850’s. It was initially built as a horse-and-gravity-worked tram-road to carry slate from the quarries until the 1860's when the line ceased to deliver direct to shipping, and instead transhipped its slate to the standard gauge railway at Machynlleth, in western Montgomeryshire.
In 1878 the line was acquired by a London company, Imperial Tramways Ltd, and three steam locomotives and ten purpose-built passenger carriages were introduced. For the rest of the nineteenth century the Railway was very prosperous, developing substantial tourist traffic.
The twentieth century brought with it a decline in the slate industry, followed by increasing competition from road transport. The line continued in use for goods only until 1948, when it became one of the first to be closed by the newly-nationalised British Railways.
Passenger services will be steam-hauled whenever possible, but this cannot be guaranteed. Please phone on the day to check which locomotive will be operating.
Model Railway and Toy Exhibition: August Bank Holiday - 27th, 28th and 29th.
The location of the Exhibition will once again be Corris School, immediately adjacent to the revived section of the Corris Railway and the Society’s Museum and Shop. Much local interest is likely to focus on a 009 scale layout that depicts the overall-roofed Corris Station as it was in the 1930’s, a scene that the present revival hopes to partially emulate in the future as the Railway looks to expand the length and scope of its operations.
Supporting all the layouts will be Trade Stands plus sellers of railway ephemera and books, plus one of the most popular attractions at the show in recent years, Kate Packham’s hand craft glass jewellery and ornaments. Trains will operate on the adjacent Corris Railway with the first departure at 11.00 am and the last at 4.00 pm. Corris Train passengers will be able to obtain discounted admission to the Exhibition and similarly Exhibition visitors will travel at reduced rates on the trains.
Opening times are from 10.30 am to 5.00 pm and entrance fees are £2.50 for adults, £2.00 for senior citizens, £1.00 for children and £6.00 for a family of 2 adults and 2 children.
Musicians taking part in the Open Mic sessions at the Corris Music Festival will be able to enjoy a free journey on the re-opened section of the narrow gauge Corris Railway from the village station. The only condition is that they perform a couple of songs or tunes at Corris station before the train sets off.
The Festival as a whole takes place over the 4 days September 1st to 4th and is held in a number of venues around the Corris area including the Braich Goch Inn and Bunkhouse, the Corris Institute, and the Tafarn Dwynant. The musical policy embraces all styles, both vocal and instrumental and all are welcome.