* The parcels van in all its purple glory.
Glyndyfrdwy Railway Station on the Llangollen Railway has
been given a striking and colourful new look as part of the Queen’s Platinum
Station Master Paul Bailey and his team have been busy with
their paintbrushes to adorn part of the station in royal purple colours.
An ex-Southern Railway parcels van, lamp post, milk churn, sack barrow, porters
trolley and plant pots have all received the royal treatment.
* The porters trolley ablaze with royal colour.
The milk churn
even carries the regal signature of “ER”.
Paul said: “We were inspired by our friends at the Severn
Valley Railway, who have painted one of their locomotives in Royal purple for
* The painted milk churn.
"Our small team of dedicated volunteers have had a lot of fun
getting the paint out at Glyndyfrdwy and we hope our visitors will enjoy
looking out for all the purple bits and pieces around the station over the bank
holiday weekend, where we are running a busy schedule of steam and diesel
Her Majesty and Prince Phillip visited Llangollen on the
Royal Train in July 1953, when the line was still part of the national network
and ran between Ruabon and Barmouth.
It closed in 1964 as a result of the
infamous Beeching cuts, but was reopened in stages by volunteers from the
The long-awaited final piece of the Llangollen Railway jigsaw
is also about to be completed, with a new station at Corwen set to open soon.
Ian Bibby, Volunteer Liaison Officer for the Railway, said: “As well as the Jubilee, June 1st to 7th is Volunteers’
Week. Our wonderfully atmospheric stations have all been restored and cared for
* The artistic Glyndyfrdwy station volunteers.
A railway spokesperson said: "Paul and his team at Glyndyfrdwy have done a fantastic job of making
the station look even better than usual with their Jubilee display.
stuck in, having fun and then having a stunning achievement like this to stand
back and admire is very much what volunteering is all about at the Llangollen
"As part of Volunteers’ Week, we are keen to encourage new volunteers
to consider joining us. You don’t need to be qualified or experienced in anything
beyond having a bit of spare time to give us and some enthusiasm to try
"We provide full training for all roles. Anyone interested
in getting involved can make-contact with us via our website or telephone."
Meanwhile, Llangollen, Berwyn, Carrog and Corwen stations
are also joining in with the celebrations. Llangollen will host a fascinating
display of Queen Victoria’s Royal Train memorabilia.
Superbly restored Carrog
and Berwyn will be showing visitors what the line was like in its GWR heyday,
with tea rooms serving delicious cakes and ice cream. Finally the partially
complete station at Corwen will be open for visitors to have a look at work-in-progress.
Steam engine No 5619, visiting from the Telford Steam
Railway, will run on all three days of the Jubilee weekend.
Also back by popular
demand will be 1956-built Class 08 diesel-electric Shunter No 13625, offering
the chance for visitors to try their hand at being a train driverfor just £5 a
The shunter will also be working a shuttle service between Llangollen and
Berwyn Stations, which will run in-between the three daily steam trains that run
between Llangollen and Carrog.