Launceston Steam Railway links the historic Cornish town of Launceston with the hamlet of Newmills, running for two and a half miles along the glorious Kensey Valley along the track bed of the old North Cornwall Railway which once carried express trains from London Waterloo to Padstow in Cornwall.
We run narrow gauge (1′ 11½” gauge) trains with a choice of open or closed carriages; all of our trains are steam hauled by one of our three Victorian Steam Locomotives, the oldest of which is Lilian who is over 125 years old!
At Launceston Station you can enjoy a bite to eat in the railway café, browse our well-stocked gift and book shop, and view the many exhibits in our free transport and engineering museum. Launceston town centre, castle and museum are all a short walk uphill from our station.
At the other end of the line, you can break your journey at Newmills Station to enjoy a riverside picnic, or to explore the natural beauty of the Kensey Valley by following the footpaths just beyond the station gate.
Along the line passengers may catch a glimpse of woodpeckers, buzzards, herons and other small birds, whilst the banks of the railway are home to various rabbits, stoats, badgers, lizards, foxes, adders and grass snakes. You may even see some deer! The neighbouring farmers graze cattle and sheep in their fields which can often be seen as you journey through the valley. The wildflowers along the railway comprise of many varieties and flourish in an environment of which is rarely touched; spraying of the line only happens within the ballast boundaries which allows the rest of the railway to be of natural untouched land.
PLEASE NOTE - The Farm Park at Newmills is a separate business and they're not affiliated with us. They are currently closed to the public; please see their website for more details: http://www.newmillsfarmpark.com