Full steam ahead as Jones Bros provides golden ticket for Ruthin’s railway heritage12th Aug 2022

A leading civil engineering firm has helped get Ruthin’s railway heritage back on track.

Jones Bros Civil Engineering UK, which is headquartered in Ruthin, donated £2,000 towards the restoration of the old railway crane, sited at the Craft Centre, where the town’s station used to be.

After years of concerns about the crane’s condition, Jones Bros is playing a part in helping facilitate the necessary welding and painting to restore it to its past glory.

Jones Bros was involved in the clearing of the site after the railway station and yard had been vacated more than half a century ago.

Jones Bros chairman, Huw Jones, said: “We are pleased to be involved in conserving Ruthin’s railway heritage, particularly after Jones Bros was involved in clearing the site more than 50 years ago.

“It’s especially gratifying to be able to help restore the crane, as it was the only area that was left untouched at the time.”

Indeed, it is 60 years since the last passenger train passed through Ruthin on 30 April, 1962.

The project also received funding from the 15-Minute Grants scheme, funded by Welsh Government and Cadw, as well as Ruthin Town Council and Denbighshire County Council.

Ruthin and District Civic Association chair, Cllr Anne Roberts MBE, added: “The project has been extremely fortunate to secure support from Jones Bros and the other funders.”

Ruthin’s railway history has received plenty of attention in recent time courtesy of a special three-week exhibition at the Old Courthouse.

Established in the 1950s, Jones Bros owns one of the largest plant fleets in the UK and employs approximately 500 people.

The company is currently working on contracts in various sectors including highways, flood and marine defence, waste management and renewable energy around the UK.

The company runs an award-winning apprenticeship scheme, which has produced nearly 50 per cent of its current workforce, with many of its senior managers having started out as apprentices or in a trainee role. It has recruited more than 100 apprentices during the past three years.