Early signs of a great heritage railway

Early signs of a great heritage railway

A slow trundle through beautiful Cornwall countryside in a railway guards van awaits any who want to witness the very early beginnings of a heritage railway. 

It's the painstaking work of dedicated enthusiasts with a vision to open up a stretch of the original Helston railway closed in 1964 for the enjoyment of visitors. 

A makeshift platform, a diesel shunter and a goods brake van provide visitors with a 10 minute each way journey of just over a mile, passing proper station platforms under construction, and ending with glorious views from the summit. 

What a friendly welcome we received! How difficult it was to find! But they have a good website and we'd encourage them to provide stronger signposting and give more detailed directions, as the postcode, fed into a satnav, takes you into someone's front garden!! 

Once you find them, enjoy the idiosyncratic ride, and encourage these enthusiastic visionaries in their journey towards creating Britain's most southerly railway for the enjoyment of visitors to Cornwall. 

Richard Wells