The Conwy Line Re-opens!

Just in time for the Eisteddfod being held at Llanrwst in August this year – and, even more exciting news for steam buffs, , 3rd of August sees a steam train coming up the line to Blaenau!

“The powers that be have been working tirelessly behind the scenes with Network Rail, Transport For Wales and Transport  For Wales Rail Services to get it up and running for this momentous event.

Obviously, not has hard as the actual engineers!

Llandudno Junction to Llanrwst North will re-open for passengers on Thursday 18 July and the remainder of the line, from Blaenau, will re-open on Wednesday 24 July. 

The line, which runs between Llandudno Junction and Blaenau Ffestiniog, was closed on 16 March due to significant flooding, caused by a combination of high tide and a low-pressure system following storm Gareth. 

The extensive damage meant that six miles of track, Dolgarrog station, ten level crossings and nine culverts required significant repair.

Since the closure of the line, teams have removed washout materials, replaced ballast, refurbished level crossings, designed and installed flood culverts and constructed embankments, to safely restore the track.  

Melanie Lawton

Swyddog Rheilffordd Dyffryn Conwy / Conwy Valley Railway Officer