A HERITAGE RAILWAY in the Dee Valley is in line for an award for the work its volunteers undertook in order to complete a new track layout.

The Llangollen Railway Trust has been listed for the Heritage Railway Association's 2020 Award for Large Groups in respect of the completion of the track-work to connect with the extension railhead into the Corwen station site.

There are five entries in the Large Group categories with competition from projects at the Ffestiniog & Welsh Highland Railway, TalyLlyn Railway, Isle of Wight Steam Railway and the Volk's Electric Railway at Brighton.

The winner will be revealed at the Annual Heritage Railways Association Awards night in Birmingham on February 8, 2020.

George Jones, spokesman for the Corwen project, said. "We hope the immense effort to infill the gap in the embankment and lay a new rail formation across it during the course of the past 8 months, will receive appropriate recognition at the awards ceremony, although we recognise we are up against some stiff competition."

Following the Golden Fishplate occasion on December 10, the volunteers continued to work laying track for the siding and completed the 300 ft length.

As a result, there is a now an impressive length of double track on the final approach to the Corwen terminus where once there had been a void in the embankment.

During 2020, project members plan to concentrate on completion of the island platform with the insertion of drains, installation of lamp posts and running-in board and much more.