Glan y Pwll
|Glan y Pwll|
|Previous Location||Barlwyd Bridge|
|Status||Outdoor Engineering Depot|
|Next Location||Stesion Fein|
|Next Station||Blaenau Ffestiniog|
NGR:SH693460 Lat / Long :52.99592 / -3.94828
An engine shed, complete with turntable, was sited here. England engines were turned for the down journey here. The railway crosses the old road from Rhiwbryfdir to Tanygrisiau here at an ungated crossing with warning lights, formerly a fully gated crossing before the closure. The formation is double track from here to Blaenau bottom points, though only one track has been relaid. However the rails for the second line remain in place over the level crossing, though disconnected.
In preparation for the re-opening to Blaenau Ffestiniog, Glan-y-pwll was used as a base for the rebuilding of the line north of Tanygrisiau. This started as early as August 1973 with clearing the Old Loco Shed, and securing the compound. Almost all the early work was done by volunteers from the London Area Group. Once the shed was made secure the loco Diana was shedded there and a start was made on putting the track into a good enough state for PW trains.
A Civil Engineers depot is sited here alongside the diverted Afon Barlwyd. The engine shed was extended and forms the alternative craft workshops of Noreng. The old Crossing House "barracks" used as a hostel for some time. The crossing house and engine shed are the only FR owned pre-1946 buildings in Blaenau.
In 1997, facilities were extended by the construction of a large carriage shed for winter and overnight storage. To provide access to it the 1899 Dinas branch was relaid as far as the first river bridge (which has been removed).