"EXTRA MILE" PROJECT - LINE EXTENSION TO HELSTON
ONE SLEEPER AT A TIME
Our objective is to re-create the Helston Branch Line from Gwinear Road (where it meets the main London to Penzance Line) right the way through to Helston - a distance of about 8 miles.
First priority is to extend the line from Truthall to Helston - a distance of about a mile - equivalent to about 2,000 sleepers.
The re-construction costs include the track itself, sleepers, ballast, points, signalling, land - plus much more.
Translate all that into a cost per sleeper and it comes to £100.
As at October 2017 we have secured funds for the purchase of most of the land through to the viaduct - focus now is on raising funds to pay for land clearance, ballast and track.
In parallel we have a separate funding project for the viaduct itself - a number of options are being considered including Lottery funding.
And then there is the land, station and infrastructure leading up to Water-ma-Trout. We are working with a number of interested parties, including Helston Councillors, a Cornwall Councillor and our local MP in applying to the Coastal Communities Fund.
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 Company
Helston, TR13 0RY
Below are some pictures of the line as it is now at Truthall - the picture of the viaduct is old.