Steam arrives to Helston

Here is a video of Kilmersdon in service on the 30th August.

Steam services will operate on Thursday's through September 2018.

April 2018 - Kilmersdon joins Helston Railway

Kilmesrdon is a Peckett 0-4-0 steam engine built in 1929 and used at the Kilmersdon Colliery in North Somerset.

She joins us on extended loan from the Somerset and Dorset Railway.


Donation by the Association of Industrial Archaeology

In March 2017 we applied to the AIA for a grant to help restore William Murdoch to full working order.

In August we received a letter from them informing us they have awarded us £14,000 towards the cost of restoring William Murdoch.

For information about the AIA - click here

Documents are -

  • Application for funding - click here
  • Letter approving a grant of £14,000 - click here
  • Conservation Policy - a pre-condition for the award of funds - click here

William Murdoch

William Murdoch is a 0-4-0 steam engine built in 1949 by Peckett and Sons of Bristol – one of the finest examples of this little work-horse still operating in England is now based in Helston on lease from the GWR Preservation Group.

Now William Murdoch is on-site we need -

  • Shed for a workshop and security
  • Water tower - (funding  being finalised in October 2016)
  • Coal bunkers
  • Additional maintenance equipment
  • Heritage Centre

The priority is for a secure engine shed and any donations for this project would be much appreciated.


Pay by internet direct transfer to Helston Railway Preservation Society (Charity)

Name of Account - Helston Railway

Sort Code - 30-13-88 

Account Number - 00722128


Please send your cheque to -

Helston Railway Preservation Society

Trevarno Farm


Helston, TR13 0RY

William Murdoch is a Peckett and Sons 0-4-0ST No. 2100 shunter built in 1949.

For information on Peckett and Sons on Wikipedia - click on this link

For information on the Southall Railway Centre  - click on this link

NOTE - for information on the Southall Centre on Wikipedia - click on this link