Working alongside the Glyn Valley Tramway Trust, the Trains in the Garden team led by Andrew Christie is working to rebuild Chirk Station and put it back into service for the first time in 86 years.
Andrew said: “I’ve been passionate about historic railroads my whole life, and that’s really the quality of the people. It’s a tight-knit community and they really appreciate the time people put into it.
“In September 2022, the Glyn Valley Tramway Trust and I hope to host an event to coincide with the Queen’s Jubilee. This will see the first steam engine arrive at the station in 86 years with the only two surviving wagons that have already worked on the line. “
Since 2006, the small group of volunteers have been working to clear the railway line of debris, which consisted mainly of rubble from the old buildings of Chirk Station on the nearby main railway line.
Earlier this week, the old platform was dug up. The brick first floor of the old station building is all that remains, and luckily they are still in good structural condition to be built in due course.
Andrew added, “However, we need to continue fundraising for this to happen, so any help you can provide with publicity for my fundraising event in December will be appreciated.”
Some £ 250,000 is needed for the full restoration. An official fundraising appeal is being developed which will support the restoration effort.
The site was closed in 1935 and a building permit was granted to re-track along a 1.5 kilometer stretch of line.
Andrew is also working on a pitch for a Trains in the Garden TV show, which would see railroad enthusiasts showcase their own private garden railroads, many of which are impressive for their attention to detail and size.