Corris Railway blank shipping note 187x
Promoted by owners of slate quarries at Aberllefenni and Corris in the Dulas Valley, to connect with a wharf at Derwenlas on the Dovey. The Corris Machynlleth & River Dovey Tramroad Act was passed on 2 July 1859 for a 2ft 3ins gauge line worked by horses and gravity, and was opened on 30 April 1859. Royal Assent was given in 1864 for an extension to Dolgellau but in was not built.
In 1878 the Imperial Tramways Company of Bristol acquired the Corris, the intention being to operate passenger services using steam traction by Act of 1880, but the line had to be upgraded and steam services did not start until 4 July 1883. In the meantime the Bristol company conveyed passengers by horse bus, and after steam services started commenced a tourist bus service via Talyllyn Lake to Abergynolwyn, offering a circular tour via the Talyllyn and Cambrian Railways.
The Corris management was quite enterprising erecting a new station at Machynlleth and proposing an electrified extension to Talyllyn both in 1907. After World War I the company ran motor bus services and sold out to the Great Western Railway in 1930, passenger services on the railway ceased the following year.