An appeal for working horses has been made to celebrate a historic anniversary for a Chirk tramway.

Volunteers of the Glyn Valley tramway Trust are hoping to “reflect” the history of the tramway, which was originally horse-drawn.

The Glyn Valley Tramway originally opened in 1873 and provided a means of transportation from the mines near Glyn Ceiriog to the Llangollen Canal at Chirk Bank.

The tramway was later upgraded to steam power in 1888 and the route re-directed to meet the Great Western Railway station at Chirk.

Closure of the little steam train came in 1935 and now, volunteers of the Glyn Valley Tramway Trust are making tracks to rebuild this long-lost tramway.

After several years of working parties, the track has finally returned to the narrow-gauge station.


Volunteers of the GVT-Trust are hopeful to have the old station site improved in readiness to welcome visitors for a special 150th anniversary event later this year.

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Volunteer and Director Andy Christie said: "The tramway started out being Horse-drawn. We feel it is only right to reflect this at our first event.

"We are looking for anyone with a working horse to join us and help haul a wagon or two along our demonstration line.

"The last train ran on July 6, 1935, so we would like to run the first train in the station close to this date as possible.”

Plans are currently being made to open the old station site on July 8 and 9, 2023.

Funds raised during this event will go towards the Glyn Valley Tramway Trust's station rebuild appeal. A full listing of attractions will be published in the coming months.

Anyone with a working horse can contact Andy via email:

Donations to the ‘All Change At Chirk’ (Station Rebuild Appeal) can be made by PayPal: