The New Arrivals

Written by: TrainSim-James

Available Now for Train Simulator, the Corris Railway Expansion Pack from Skyhook Games brings industrial heritage to the Dulas Valley!

The Corris Railway was a small freight line used for moving minerals that closed in 1949. In 1966 Alan Meaden started a group of volunteers to preserve what remained of the Corris Railway. Two of the original locomotives from the Corris Railway survive to this day, No. 3 & No. 4, which are now at home on the Talyllyn Railway. The locomotives in use today are either from other railways or new builds.

Locomotive No. 5 is a 4-wheel Motor Rail Simplex, Works No.22258 that was purchased in 1974. Built in 1965, it was originally used on the 2 ft (610mm) gauge gypsum mining system at Staveley Lime Products, Hindlow, Derbyshire. It was initially purchased from Staveley by an enthusiast who stripped it down for renovation and was in this dismantled state that it was sold to the Corris Society.

Following an extensive overhaul in the East Midlands, No. 5 ran for the first time on Corris rails in 1979. It is named “Alan Meaden” in honour of the Society’s late founder, who carried out a substantial part of the loco’s rebuilding.

The Corris Society sought a light locomotive to assist in rebuilding the railway, and it has since proven itself to be a very useful general works loco. Although it has on occasion been used for special passenger trains when visiting Talyllyn Railway, it is too light for regular passenger use, and has not been fitted with the necessary air braking equipment.

No. 9 is a 4-wheel battery electric locomotive, Clayton B0457, built in 1974. It was formerly in use at the Aberllefenni Slate Quarry by Wincilate Limited. At the request of Wincilate, the locomotive carries the name “Aberllefenni”. It has regular use as a carriage shed shunter, but is too light for actual passenger carriage work as like No.5 it does not have air brakes fitted.

Experience a piece of Welsh narrow gauge history and master bespoke locomotives with the Corris Railway Expansion Pack!

The Corris Railway Expansion Pack features:

  • Corris No. 5 Locomotive ‘Alan Meaden’
  • Corris No. 9 Locomotive ‘Aberllefenni’
  • Bentley, Flatbed & Tipper Wagons
  • Five Career Scenarios for the Corris Railway Route
  • Quick Drive Compatibility

The Corris Railway Expansion Pack is available now, head to the Store for more details!

Two brand new and bespoke locomotives await in the Corris Railway Expansion Pack. First up is the Simplex Corris No. 5, named ‘Alan Meaden’, looking rather splendid in red (above), but also making a bold appearance is the even smaller Clayton Corris No. 9 (below). Each of these locomotives have their own quirks to master when getting industrial on the Corris Railway.

Also included are Bentley, Tipper and Flatbed Wagons, the latter of which are loaded with either cement, paving slabs or sand bags (not pictured), all of which act as construction material, as any effort to further preserve the Corris Railway requires major work.

Corris No. 5 heads a small train of Bentley Wagons from Tan-y-Coed to Maespoeth (above and below). The rattling nature of this minute diesel shunter is nothing short of enticing, it is by no means roomy, but offers a unique experience throughout; hand crank to start the engine, Klaxon in the Valley, it even has a clutch pedal!

It has to be said, space is even tighter aboard Corris No. 9, and it is probably one of the smallest locomotives around! Being a battery electric locomotive, it brings its own operational uniqueness to the Dulas Valley, and it is seen here working a tipper train amongst the trees (above). While simple in principal, you’ll soon find yourself working hard to keep Corris No. 9 under control on the steep gradients, from the confines of the open cab (below).

It’s a sunny day, and Corris No. 5 works cement down the Valley to facilitate the ongoing efforts to preserve and extend the original Corris Railway (above). Meanwhile, passengers have lined up at Corris to await their turn at the Gravity Train (see here), first however, Corris No. 9 must push the passenger wagons up the line (below).

The Welsh Narrow Gauge fleet grows larger with the Corris Railway Expansion Pack, available now!

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TrainSim-James

5 Comments

  • Is there any chance the Corris loco from Phourm could be updated and added to this route?

    • Unlikely Dan but will put your suggestion on the list 🙂

  • It’s great to see more UK Narrow Gauge stuff coming out!!
    Alan Meaden looks like first, they wanted to build a steam engine (hence the cab),
    but they then decided to make it a diesel engine instead! 😀
    Also, what would I would find great, is that there is a three-part scenario where the first part is the part in which you drive onto the truck with the flatbed trailer (which by the way has its wheels embedded in the concrete!), then the second is where you leave the flatbed, do two runs on an other railway (like the Talyllyn railway), drive onto the flatbed again, and the third part is where you drive off the flatbed again back onto the Corris railway. Hope you like my suggestion! 😉

  • Wonderful to see more 2ft stock in TS, especially showcasing the important, often overlooked industrial part!

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