Truthall Halt

Truthall Halt was the first stop on the line from Helston.  It was a short platform with an iconic "Pagoda" style shelter.

The reconstruction project has started in late 2016 and completed in the spring of 2018.

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Watercolour

By Mark Dale

 

Latest Pictures

Official opening of Truthall Halt by Prince Richard, Duke of Gloucester accompanied by The Lord Lieutenant of Cornwall, Edward Bolitho OBE.

Finishing touches - getting ready for the official opening on 5 April 2018

 

February - 2018

New buffer stops and an extra 15 foot of line.  Arrow head fence going in.

 

January - 2018 - A soggy start!

But the arrow-head fence is nearly complete in the workshop.

 

December - pagoda in place and getting ready for Christmas.  Work on the platform itself started in November 2016 and so we have made tremendous progress in the year. 

 

November - is all about getting ready for the pagoda - laying the base and completing the construction.

 

October - off to a flying start with the base of the pagoda being poured and the black-top going down.

By the end of October we have finished the stairs, pagoda base is down, retailing wall nearly finished and the black to down.

And the pagoda is ready to move to Truthall.

 

September - good progress on the steps and retaining wall next to the bridge.

Shuttering starting to go in for the base of the pergola.

 

August - retaining wall and platform edge nearing completion - and with a special "thank you" to Alan Mitchell Ltd who have looked after us really well.  

And we are making a start on the steps.

July 2017 - Shuttering and concrete pours (2) for the retaining wall behind the Pergola..

 

May 2017 - Buffer Stops - rescued from a cement works and now installed at Truthall in time for the May Bank Holiday.

And the other end of the platform is looking good as well.

 

21 April 2017 - This week’s update on Truthall from Paul Bennett.


The front of the platform is now complete.  We just need to complete the infill and the drainage, then we can start on the steps.


New posts for the sign arrived today so we will hopefully get them installed next week and finish installing the fence posts. 
 

Progress in April - 

 

Additional Funding Required

A very generous grant has been received from the Helston Downsland Trust - but funding is still required to complete the project.

Main outstanding work is -

  • Platform back-filling, surface preparation and flagstone laying.
  • Access steps
  • Lighting installation

We also need to purchase materials for the signage and furnishings.  The extension of the track also needs some additional funding to purchase fastenings.

Funding required to complete project - £4,000

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 Society

Trevarno Farm

Prospidnick

Helston, TR13 0RY


Helston Railway Journal - Issue #1 - 2007 

Article about Truthall Halt and our early ambition to reinstate the station.

Truthall Halt in the 1950's

Site as at 2015


Mid March and the platform is sufficiently complete to be a "destination" for the first visitor on 16 March.  This is significant as the line can now be categorised as "transport" and is subject to zero rate VAT.

 Truthall Halt - 9 March 2017.

Truthall Halt - 9 March 2017.

Mid February - clear, dry weather has meant we have made good progress with back-filling the platform and starting on laying the top slabs.

PICTURES - WORKING ON THE PLATFORM AND LINE EXTENSION

The platform face at Truthall was completed on the 24th January 2017.  Next step is to back-fill and to level the platform itself.  Once complete we will be laying the slabs for the platform edge and then completing the surface.

  First train arriving at Truthall Halt for 60 years - Tuesday 10th January 2017

First train arriving at Truthall Halt for 60 years - Tuesday 10th January 2017

 Mind the gap  - Tuesday 10th January 2017.

Mind the gap - Tuesday 10th January 2017.


 Work starts again on Tuesday 3rd January - cut rail steaming in the winter mud

Work starts again on Tuesday 3rd January - cut rail steaming in the winter mud

Track laying as at 20 December 2016 - End of the Line as of end of 2016

 End of the line at the end of 2016 - Thank you Ray!

End of the line at the end of 2016 - Thank you Ray!

Platform taking shape - December 2016

And this is how we did it - neer nuff Ray?.

Site clearing starts May 2016

New pagoda frame and cladding complete in the workshops.

New pagoda roof steels in the workshop

 Truthall Halt - we have never worked beyond the bridge until 26th May 2016

Truthall Halt - we have never worked beyond the bridge until 26th May 2016

  Truthall Halt - the jungle before work started on 26th My 2016

Truthall Halt - the jungle before work started on 26th My 2016

On 26th May 2016 work started on clearing the site beyond the bridge at Truthall in preparation for the construction of drains to prevent flooding caused by the cutting being filled in.

 Problem

Problem

 2nd June 2016 - Excavations for a drainage ditch to prevent flooding under the bridge.  Trevor in the cab - Wayne in control.

2nd June 2016 - Excavations for a drainage ditch to prevent flooding under the bridge.  Trevor in the cab - Wayne in control.

 2 June - clearing work under way - the cutting beyond the bridge has been filled in - contents are probably a Cornish hedge.

2 June - clearing work under way - the cutting beyond the bridge has been filled in - contents are probably a Cornish hedge.

 21st June - work progresses on the track extension to Truthall.  Photo by Terry Wilkins

21st June - work progresses on the track extension to Truthall.  Photo by Terry Wilkins