The weather was inclement but the welcome certainly wasn’t as committee members of the National Railway Heritage Awards gathered at Glynceiriog on Saturday 12 August 2017 to see the unveiling of the Supporters Award to the New Glyn Valley Tramway and Industrial Heritage Trust.

The award, which was announced at a ceremony held at Merchant Taylors’ Hall in London in December 2016, was made to the trust for its work in restoring the erstwhile Glyn Valley Tramway’s engine shed at Glynceiriog. The restored building now provides an excellent environment in which the trust can display artefacts and other material relating to the history of this Welsh narrow gauge railway. The site also incorporates a restored part of the original station platform alongside which a short section of the unusual 2ft 4½in gauge track has been relaid.

The end result of the Trust’s endeavours has been to recreate a small part of a long-lost narrow gauge railway. In the words of one of the judges the ‘project is a wonderful piece of work’ and those members of the NRHA committee at the unveiling were able to appreciate both the quality of the work undertaken and the trust’s superb hospitality. Just a shame about the rain!

Glyn Valley

With the unveiled plaque in the background, the unveiling party — from left Keith Roberts, Chairman of the New Glyn Valley Tramway and Industrial Heritage Trust, John Ellis, Chairman of the National Railway Heritage Awards, and Chris Smyth, of the Heritage Railway Association representing the sponsors — take shelter from the persistent rain.

 

Glyn Valley shed

The restored engine shed at Glynceiriog. Internally, part of the building has been fitted out as a museum with a display of material related to the history of the Glyn Valley Tramway. A short section of platform with track has also been restored; the latter has been carefully relaid using the imprint of the original sleepers as a guide.