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Corris and Tal-y-Llyn Railways (IND)
 
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Corris and Tal-y-Llyn Railways (IND)

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The Corris Railway was a narrow gauge railway in mid Wales, near Andovey. It was built in 1859 to transport slate from the quarries in the mountians to the Cambrian Line at Machnylleth, and the wharfs at Derwenlas and Morben. Although the track was finished in 1859, traffic was horse drawn. Locomotives were not used until 1878.It was oriignally only freight traffic, but the line opened to passengers in 1883. Eventually, the line hauled Slate, Passengers, as well as Coal to the villages and timber from the Dyfi forest. However, after World War 1, the popularity of Slate declined as imported Slate and other roofing materials became more popular, and after 1906 never turned a profit. The railway was sold to the Great Western Railway in 1931, mostly because they wanted the railway's bus routes through the valley, so the railway itself was nearly ignored. The same year the railway closed to passengers. The railway was nationalised in 1948, who was already looking for an excuse to close the line, so they did so within the year.
In 1966, a group of enthusiasts formed the Corris Railway Society, most of whom were volunteers on the nearly Talyllyn Railway. In 1970, the Corris Railway Museum opened, with passenger services running between Corris and Maespoeth beginning in 2002, and the first steam train running on the new line in 2005.

The Talyllyn railway has a very similar story. It began construction in 1864 to link the ports of Andovey and the slate mines in the mountains, and the line was completed in 1866.The line ran well carrying slate and passengers until the 1910s, when the Bryn Eglwys quarry closed. This cut the railway's profitability as it was the main source of income for the railway. However, the railway was purchased by Haydn Jones, and reopened in 1911, although he did not have enough money to invest properly. By 1946, the quarry had closed, and there was only 6 passenger trains running per week. In 1950, David Curwen attracted attention that the Talyllyn line be preserved, and by 1951 it was offiically under preservation by volunteers. On this railway, unlike Corris, the entire line (apart from the quarry branches) was never closed

This 8k x 4k map allows you to recreate the entire Talyllyn and Corris Railways, to a near perfect 1:1 scale, as well as Cambrian line betwwen Cemmes Road and Tonfanau. Random industry is included on this version of the map. Experimental map sizes are required. This map was requested to me by 3BitGuy. Feel free to leave me any requests for maps in the comments!