The Corris Railway is a narrow gauge (2¹ 3²) railway whose origins date back to the 1850's. The line was initially built as a horse-and-gravity-worked tramroad to carry slate from the quarries of Corris Uchaf and Aberllefenni in southern Merionethshire to the nearest navigable point on the Afon Dyfi (River Dovey), where it was loaded into ships and carried to its diverse destinations. In the 1860's the line ceased to deliver direct to shipping, and instead transhipped its slate to the standard gauge railway at Machynlleth, in western Montgomeryshire. A semi-official passenger service, using adapted wagons, flourished in the early 1870s.
The twentieth century brought with it a decline in the slate industry, followed by increasing competition from road transport. The railway ran its own successful bus services, using vehicles provided from Bristol, and it was probably more from a desire to control these services than to acquire the Corris Railway itself that led to the Great Western Railway purchasing the line from Imperial Tramways in 1930. Soon afterwards passenger services were withdrawn. The line continued in use for goods only until 1948, when it became one of the first to be closed by the newly-nationalised British Railways. The line was dismantled soon after closure, the surviving locomotives and rolling stock finding a new life on the nearby Talyllyn Railway, where they are still to be seen in operation.
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Carafan Robin Goch
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Distance 4.4 miles
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Distance 4.4 miles
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Plas Dolguog Hotel
Country hotel dating back to 1632 set in 9 acres of mature grounds offering panoramic views across the Dyfi Valley to Snowdonia National Park. Ground floor and family rooms. Ideal base for fishing, golf, CAT, little trains and local attractions.
Distance 3.8 miles
Tal Y Llyn self catering – distance 2.7 miles
Tal Y Llyn self catering – distance 2.6 miles