The Engine Shed
Iʼve always had a slight fascination with the Corris Railway ever since I first visited the Talyllyn back in 1974 and came across the ex-Corris locomotives (Sir Haydn and Edward Thomas) and rolling stock.
I think itʼs it is the element of chance that is so interesting. The Corris closed and was dismantled in 1948 when flood damaged the bridge across the Dyfi. The Talyllyn struggled on until 1952 and became the worldʼs first preserved railway.
No 7 at Corris Station
Had that flood not happened, would the Corris still be with us in all its glory? Or would the Talyllyn have failed to get off the ground due to a lack of motive power? Who knows?
Anyway, it is good to see that a group of enthusiasts are beginning to bring the line back to life and, although they have only got ¾ mile (1.2 km) of track, they have already built a replica Kerr Stuart Tattoo class locomotive (similar to the Talyllyn Railwayʼs Edward Thomas), together with a couple of replica coaches.
At the time of writing (2013) work on a second engine, a Falcon class machine similar to Sir Haydn) is progressing well.
There are plans afoot to extend the line down to the Forestry Commission site at Tan-y-Coed, and they are also hoping to rebuild Corris Station and reinstate its overall roof.
For information on timetables, ticket prices, etc. please see the Corrisʼs official site detailed below.