2nd October - September news update added - this page.
7th January 2020 - Museum closure due to Welsh Government guidelines posted.
Following Welsh Government guidelines, the Museum will be closed until March when the situation will be reviewed.
The new Ruston Diesel Shunter in the shed for the first time.
GVT Update 8/9/21
Since the last update, we are now getting up to speed, our visitor numbers are rising steadily as more people take holidays in North Wales and the Borders.
To welcome our visitors we now have a 'new' attraction; well, it is 150 years old, the original horse-tramway crane. I will not elaborate, as the pictures speak for themselves. But a big thankyou to Pete C, 'H', Keith, Gwilym and Ralph, who put the machine together with much help from Eifion with his JCB.
In a further development, work should be starting in the next few weeks on extending our existing track next to the boundary fence. We already have planning concent for this, so we laid out the 50lb rail, which we bought 4 years ago, just prior to lock-down. This means that we are putting back the original siding next to the crane. Eventually, we will restore and install the iron fence panels to link up with the surviving ones on site.
There is more exciting news as we now have a case to buy some rail and points which are available at another preservation site. There is enough rail to lay the full ¼ mile length of the Coal Wharf, subject to planning and legal requirements. If you feel able to help practically or finacially, please contact Keith and Eunice.
We have been able to welcome the local MP and his wife to the Museum. They were very impressed to the extent that they have both joined as members!
Our Magazine, 'Two Foot Four and a Bit,' has continued to appear during lock-down thanks to Keith, Eunice, Norman and Judith, featuring previously unknown pictures: this leads on nicely to the next bit of news.
During lock-down, Edwin, Linda and David have have been beavering away at the archives. Edwin has now catalogued, indexed and scanned at high resolution over 500 original documents and 530 images. Several unknown pictures and share certificates from 1886 are among the 'gems.' Most are now available for study in the Museum, however more continue to appear from group members and local people, all of which have to be conserved, catalogued and recorded. Edwin has been very careful with copyright law! The earliest documents deal with land purchases for the Horse Tramway and run up to preservation in the 1970s.
You may be wondering about our recently aquired Ruston loco; well, work has been going on with changing oil and cleaning filters and injectors. This is being done by Gwilym, the village 'mechanical wizzard.' After resetting the valves and some work on the fuel tank, she should be ready to start up.
Many thanks for your interest in the website, if you would like to get involved you can now 'on-line.'