Fifty years ago today, the infamous Beeching Report was published which caused the closure of the railway from Launceston to Padstow, Okehampton, Exeter, Tavistock and Plymouth – along with the closure of thousands of miles of other railways all over the UK. Although Launceston station was closed under the Beeching cuts, you can still catch a train from Launceston with us – though we can only take you as far as Newmills for the moment! Trains are running again for Easter from this Friday – details of when trains are running over Easter are available on the Times & Fares page.
Three of our Hunslet steam locomotives – Lilian, Covertcoat and Dorothea – are available for service over the Easter period. The fourth Hunslet, Velinheli, is still being reassembled following her boiler retube last year, and should be back in service by the main summer season.
Regular visitors may spot our car park looks slightly different this year – unfortunately during heavy rain at the end of last year part of the bank at one side of the car park collapsed. We have now cleared the bank collapse and constructed a wall in place of the bank, and also undertaken some clearance and patching work in the rest of the car park. Visitors may notice that we have a stretch of track which runs into the car park which is used by works trains during the winter – we took a video of a trip down this section of track during the clearance work, which can be seen below:
Samples of boiler plate have recently been provided by the railway for a University undergraduate project looking at the corrosion properties of boiler steel. We were able to supply a number of samples ranging from 130 to 5 years old, and await the project’s results with interest!