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Tuesday, March 22, 2016

Railway volunteers work through the winter

* Volunteers at work on a section of lineside.

Over the winter Llangollen Railway has put in a large amount of work to manage the vegetation growing along the lineside.

"This is a regular but often 'behind the scenes' part of railway operations and enables the travelling public to see the superb countryside through which the railway runs instead of a green corridor," said railway spokesman Peter Dickinson.

"A dedicated group of volunteers have cleared the shrubs, trees and overhanging branches from both ends of Berwyn Tunnel, making the approaches to it much lighter and drier.

"The immediate benefit for photographers is that the view from the dedicated Lineside Viewing Area, opened last year, at the eastern end of the tunnel has been much improved.

"Between March 10 and 13 a shredder was hired in to tackle the lineside between Berwyn station and the tunnel, making light work of the vegetation growing on the embankments.

"This has dramatically improved the view from the train of the Horseshoe Falls and the Llantysilio mountains, whilst restoring the lineside back to its original Great Western Railway and British Railways condition."

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