Helston Railway

About 50 minutes from park

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Trevarno Farm, Prospidnick Helston, Cornwall TR13 0RY

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About Helston Railway

The Helston Railway is a heritage railway in Cornwall which aims to rebuild and preserve as much as possible of the former GWR Helston Railway between Nancegollen and Water-Ma-Trout on the outskirts of Helston. It is operated by the Helston Railway Preservation Company using members of the Helston Railway Preservation Society. The Railway was a 8.5 miles (13.7 km) long 4 ft 8 1⁄2 in (1,435 mm) railway branch line and is the southernmost branch line in the United Kingdom. It opened in 1887 and was absorbed by the in 1898, continuing in existence as the Helston branch, and closing to passengers in 1962 and to goods in 1964. It was built to open up the agricultural district of south-west Cornwall, joining to the main line railway network at Gwinear Road, between Penzance and Truro. Its predominant business was agricultural, but in summer it carried holidaymakers, and its terminus at Helston was the railhead for a pioneering road connection service to the Lizard. During the Second World War there was considerable goods traffic at Nancegollan, sponsored by the Admiralty.

How to get to Helston Railway

Based in the rural village of Prospidnick three miles to the north of the town of Helston at Trevarno Farm TR13 0RY. However if you use the post code in your Sat Nav it may not take you directly to our car park, if you type Helston Railway into google maps, it will! Car parking is free. The car park is 100 metres from the station at Prospidnick Halt. From Helston From Helston take the A394 to Penzance and follow the brown signs onto the B3302 to St Ives and Camborne. Turn right at the Junction of the B3303 road to Camborne. Go through Crowntown and take the Chynhale and Prospidnick right hand turning. At the bottom of the hill turn left and then after going under the railway bridge turn left up the incline to Trevarno Farm and follow the signs to the car park.

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