Corris Railway featured in Times of India

Corris Railway Steam Engine No 7 at Maespoeth
Corris Railway No 7 at Maespoeth // Credit: RailAdvent

The Corris Railway has announced that it has been featured in the Times of India, a leading newspaper in the sub-continent.

The railway isn’t the best-known heritage railway in Britain by any stretch of the imagination as it goes about the revival of the oldest narrow-gauge line in Mid Wales.

Therefore, it was a surprise to be featured in the newspaper.

The newspaper contacted the Corris Railway Society because of another planned heritage railway scheme, this one is based in the state of Kerala.

The state government is working with Tata Corporation to revive the Kundale Valley Light Railway which was constructed in 1910 to move tea in chests out of the valley and on to the markets.

The locomotives used was a Kerr Stuart “Tattoo” class and with help from the internet, the revivalists discovered that Corris has a Kerr Stuart.

They got in touch and obtained information about the construction and subsequent history of CR No. 7 from CRS member Richard Shipman.

No. 7 is, in turn, a recreation of part of Corris Railway history. The inspiration for its building was the original CR No. 4 which arrived in the Dulas Valley from Kerr Stuart’s Stoke-on-Trent workshops in 1921 and having worked until the original line up the Dulas Valley closed in 1948 is now a valuable member of the locomotive fleet on the Talyllyn Railway, named “Edward Thomas”.

The Corris welcomed some South Asian visitors during its May Gala Day and hopes that its mention in “The Times of India” may generate some more interest and visits.

The article in The Times Of India can be viewed here: Times Of India article – June 23rd 2019.

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