Photo caption: Mike Goodwin, Geraint Jones, David Thomas, Mike Dickinson part of the team of Gwili Railway volunteers who worked to complete the new level crossing
The Gwili Railway Company took advantage of a Welsh Water road closure in the village of Bronwydd village earlier this year, to replace the surface of the level crossing at Bronwydd Arms Station. Completed in eight days, labour was contributed by volunteers and the remaining cost of the project covered by this top Carmarthenshire heritage tourist attraction.
As well as providing a much improved road surface for the villagers and users of the B4301, this is an important step towards opening the much anticipated extension south to Abergwili Junction near the hospital in Carmarthen. The extended line will see the familiar vintage Mark I coaches, steam and diesel locomotives and the heritage railcar using the crossing during the running season at this preserved railway. The extension will add 2 miles to the existing line increasing the round trip from 5 miles to 9 miles.
Matt Bowen, Company Secretary and Project Co-ordinator for the Abergwili Junction Extension, commented, “The re-surfacing of the level crossing is an important step towards opening the extended line and the determination and passion of the volunteers to see this project complete is inspiring.”
Juliet Fay, Marketing Manager said, “Other heritage railways in the UK, that have opened line extensions have seen visitor numbers increase by around 10%. We work closely with Discover Carmarthenshire and the Carmarthenshire Tourism Association and are thrilled to soon be providing even more reasons to visit our beautiful county.”
Find more information on the website http://www.gwili-railway.co.uk
Photo caption: Volunteers: Mike Goodwin, Geraint Jones, David Thomas, Mike Dickinson