October 2014 Extension News
New track laid into Abergwili Junction
Volunteers from The Gwili Steam Railway, have laid the last quarter of mile of new track under the A485 Lampeter road bridge into the new platform at Abergwili, just outside Carmarthen. The original track was lifted in 1977 after closure of the Carmarthen to Aberystwyth branch line in September 1973.
So far over £300,000 has been spent on the project including funds from CWM Environmental Carmarthenshire County Council Rural Development Fund and County Collaboration Fund together with monies raised by supporters and well-wishers, locally and further afield.
The total length of the extension is 1.75 miles which includes over 300 lengths of rail, nearly 4000 concrete sleepers and 5000 tonnes of ballast. A combination of paid contractors and volunteer labour has been used to complete the first extension to the line in 14 years and increases the route length to four miles.
The new line follows the picturesque River Gwili, passing alongside the 'Gwili Falls', where the river tumbles over rocky outcrops. These views have not been seen by the travelling public for nearly 50 years.
Donations are still sought for the final push. If you can help please give online or post a cheque payable to Gwili Railway Company and send to Gwili Railway, Bronwydd Arms Station, Carmarthen SA33 6HT.