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Helston Railway

Helston, United Kingdom
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Trengrouse S wrote a review Mar 2020
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An amazing day out nice to see the dedication that has been put into it can’t wait until it opens again for the next season can’t wait to see there new steam train as well. highly recommended going to visit it
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Date of experience: December 2019
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Graham R wrote a review Dec 2019
Honiton, United Kingdom280 contributions91 helpful votes
Helston Railway is one of the smallest heritage lines in the country and facilities are limited. It is well signposted. Parking is a few hundred yards from the railway station. Most of the facilities (buffet and gift shop) are contained in a DMU and coach. The platform is rudimentary and slippery in wet weather. The train consisted of a small industrial steam engine (Kilmersdon) and a single carriage. The staff were very friendly and helpful. The enthusiasm of the volunteers was infectious.
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Date of experience: December 2019
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Bobalobajob wrote a review Dec 2019
St Ives, United Kingdom941 contributions174 helpful votes
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What a a magical grand day out. Full credit to the amazing volunteers who have worked tirelessly to restore this fantastic railway. A full carriage is set aside for you to relax and indulge in a bacon butty, sandwiches, cakes and a hearty brew amongst many other delights...prior to your magical train ride with a good old fashioned wonderful steam engine. Don’t miss out on the joy, pleasure and e cite net of a ride on a steam train in your own comfortable carriage Run by incredibly dedicated happy friendly people Support this project
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Date of experience: December 2019
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Dr Rock wrote a review Nov 2019
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Great trip and ride on the steam railway. Great progress being made by a friendly group of volunteers, much progress having been made since my last visit. Reconstructed station at Truthall is a step back in time.
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Date of experience: November 2019
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Stephen T wrote a review Oct 2019
Looe, United Kingdom124 contributions58 helpful votes
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The Helston Railway is one of the country's more modest preservation schemes, but it has achieved a good deal in an area of the country where there is not a huge catchment area of volunteers to do the work. There is now a running line of a mile and a quarter, with a station at each end and another in the middle, and, since 2018, regular steam-hauled services have been operated in addition to the diesel-powered brakevan rides. All this has been created from scratch - or less than scratch, as almost half a century's growth and rubbish had to be removed from the trackbed before they could even begin. The station at Prospidnick, which is where the great majority will start their journey, is on a very cramped site, so a virtue has been made out of necessity and the buffet, waiting room and ticket office / shop are accommodated in items of rolling stock. Not ideal, but perfectly functional, and the buffet in particular is bright and very welcoming, with a small but well chosen range of snacks, drinks and sandwiches. For the enthusiast, the shop carries a very good stock of secondhand railway books at good prices. There is plenty of (free) car parking, and just a short walk from the car park to the station. Not impossible for the disabled, but I would find it challenging to push my wife in her wheelchair. The last part of the drive to Prospidnick is down minor roads, but signage is good. At the far end of the line is Truthall Halt, a beautiful reconstruction of a Great Western Railway wayside halt, which has deservedly won several awards. It is presided over by a friendly stationmaster who wears the best hat I have ever seen on a preserved railway. In fact, that is the railway's great strength: the hugely warm, friendly welcome it gives to its visitors. It is quite often the case that smaller preservation schemes make up with warmth and friendship what they might lack in terms of infrastructure and stock - and this is very true here. Fares are modest, and the tickets are day rovers, meaning you could fit in half a dozen round trips if you wanted to. The journey is quite short - just over half an hour for the round trip - which makes this an ideal half day excursion for a family with smaller children.
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Date of experience: October 2019
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