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1st June - New pictures added to the ‘Historical Events’ page

26th June - June GVT&IHT News Update added (this page)

17th July - Shed opening timetable updated (this page)

May 2018 Bank holiday Monday visit from the Railway & Canal Historical Society coach party of 58 who visited the yard and museum, had lunch in the Glyn Valley Hotel and a stroll on the coal wharf.

7 ¼ inch gauge track donated for use in the shed yard.

Both pictures - Simon Newton

Front cover of Issue 1 of the re-launched journal of the Trust

A few pictures in the Museum

GVT Website update June 2018

Having looked at the last update, I realise that I only covered the Christmas trees and the replica coaches. The Christmas Tree is seasonal, so an update on the coach project seems to be a good place to start.

Simon has now brought the wheel sets back from our contractor, re-gauged to 2ft 4 ½ ins. The journals have been polished and greased for protection. The next stage will be to move the underframe to a private site with workshop facilities so work can start in earnest. As usual, progress is dependent on time and money, so, if you can help with either (or both – Ed) of these, then please get in touch. Remember, if you do not have any spare time, you can help the project by joining the group using the PDF form on this site, or filling in a membership form from the museum.

This sends me on to another matter, the new journal, which has been well received. So, if you would like to get a copy, either join the group or we have a limited number left for sale in the museum – price £2. The great thing is that the standard must be kept up and, as the next one will have more pages, we are going to need more content.

You will notice that our webmaster, John, has put more pictures of recent museum interior changes and group visit pictures on to the site. We have broken our daily record of visitor numbers with the 58 shown in the picture, plus an additional 14 which takes us to 72. This has given us a terrific boost to our confidence and morale. It also made our treasurer, Riv, very happy as we received a very generous donation from the group, together with sales. Our visitors were very complementary and many are keen to make future independent visits.

There are changes to the displays in the museum as we now have proper document storage drawers. We have also started to upgrade some of the displays. This is to keep the museum interesting for our visitors.

The largest artefact the group has in its care is the original horse-tramway crane, one of only two surviving examples made by H. J. Ellis of Salford in 1870. We now have measurements and details of the original jib which is going to be made for us by a local joinery firm. Being nearly 16 feet long and hexagonal in section with a taper at each end, it is quite a challenge to make.

H.J.Ellis shut in 1886 so the crane survival is almost miraculous. The ironwork will need careful cleaning and conservation work, however, the repairs done during its working life are part of its history, so will be retained. The crane will never be used to lift anything again as it is too fragile and would be impossible to certificate in any case.

I hope this report is of interest and I would like to extend an invitation to you to visit our museum. Many thanks for taking an interest in the GVT and for viewing this website. Please keep visiting to see our latest news. If you have any questions, observations or criticisms, please get in touch.

Chris Pendlebury June 2018 – Publicity Officer.

Directions to the museum:

From the A5 (from the south) or Chester/Wrexham from the north (take the A483) follow the signs for Chirk. Once in Chirk Village, look for the sign to Glynceiriog (towards the south end of the village).

Turn down the lane (B4500) and follow it for 6 miles through one of the most picturesque valleys in the area. The river Ceiriog flows almost all the way alongside the road. The tramway once occupied the south side of the road, but the trackbed has mostly disappeared under various road-widening schemes.

Once in the village of Glynceiriog, look on the left of the road for the GVT museum in the old engine shed.

There are many other places of interest in the valley and, after visiting the museum, a further drive up towards Llanfair DC will be rewarded with views over the valley and the quarries (now overgrown and naturalised) which the GVT used to serve.

See also ‘Location’ Page of this website

JR - Ed