"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.

PAYMENT

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

Name of Account - Helston Railway

Sort Code - 30-13-88 

Account Number - 00722128

CHEQUE

Please send your cheque to -

Helston Railway Preservation Company

Trevarno Farm

Prospidnick

Helston, TR13 0RY

Below are some pictures of the line as it is now at Truthall - the picture of the viaduct is old.

 Map of trackbed from Truthall through to the Water-ma-Trout Industrial Estate - site of the original Helston station.

Map of trackbed from Truthall through to the Water-ma-Trout Industrial Estate - site of the original Helston station.

View of the track bed north of Truthall - June 2018