Launceston Steam Railway, Cornwall

Launceston Steam Railway, Cornwall

The Launceston Steam Railway links Launceston with the hamlet of Newmills. Steam locomotives haul the trains on 2' gauge track through the picturesque River Kensey valley. The engines were built by the Hunslet Engineering Company in the late 1800's.

The railway has 4 ex Welsh Slate Quarry saddle tank locomotive built by Hunslet. Two of the locomotives have had cabs added, the other two were built with a cab. The present track is built on the trackbed of the older Launceston and South Devon Railway,which was built to the Brunel gauge of 7' 1/4". The Launceston and South Devon Railway was eventually converted to standard gauge and closed in 1962.

After many problems overcome, the new narrow gauge railway opened on Boxing Day 1983. Passenger stock on the Line has been specially built for the Launceston Steam Railway and includes open carriages

There are intermediate stations at Hunts Crossing and Canna Park where the train will stop on request to the guard. And at the New Mills terminus there are several attractive walks if you want a break before returning.

Tickets are valid all day, so you can have as many rides as you like, or break your journey at Newmills. There is a train every 40 minutes or so.

Launceston Steam Railway web site

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