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Helston Railway

Cornwall’s 21st Century Preservation Project

Incorporated in 2006, the Helston Railway Preservation Company Limited is a 'social enterprise' company limited by guarantee, whose aim is to re-open a 3 mile section of the former Helston Branch Line.

Helston Railway at a Glance

Type: Preserved railway

Gauge: Standard, 4’ 8½”

Length: ½ mile (1 mile track bed cleared)

Stations: 1

First opened: 1887

Closed: 1962 (passenger) 1964 (freight)

Re-opened in preservation: TBA


Getting there

Trevarno station can only be accessed via Trevarno Gardens main entrance, Trevarno's normal entrance fees apply, members of the Helston Railway receive a 25% discount.

To reach Trevarno station, walk along the Estate Walk from Trevarno House, past the daffodil and reindeer fields.

For Trevarno Gardens opening times and entry fees, please visit Trevarno Garden's website (see link below)

By Train - The nearest stations are Camborne, Hayle and St Erth about 6 miles away.  All are served by First Great Western services from London Paddington and Cross Country Trains services from Bristol, the Midlands and the North.

By Car - Trevarno Gardens is signposted off the B3303 Camborne to Helston road.  From Helston turn right after Crowntown, and from Camborne turn left after Nancegollen. Refer to the map above for directions and postcode.

By Bus - The nearest bus service is First Devon and Cornwall Buses Camborne to Helston Service 39. This bus stops at Sithney, a one and half miles from Trevarno. Refer to the Cornwall Public Transport website for current timetable (see link below)


The map below shows the location of Trevarno Gardens and station, at present the only station on the Helston Railway. Click on the markers to see the name and postcode (where applicable). Use the zoom and pan tools to explore the map.


In December 2010, the Helston Railway received the Ian Allen Heritage Railway of the Year Award which was presented to to Director Stuart Walker, General Manager Alan Burton and Vice President of the Society Chris Heaps by Pete Waterman OBE.

Ian Allan Publishing chose to give the award to the Helston Railway as the company had made a great deal of progress in a short space of time, and following a visit earlier in the year, the chairman David Allen was impressed by the amount of commitment and enthusiasm he saw in the volunteers.

Having visited the railway myself in 2009 and seeing the progress in later photographs, I agree with Ian Allen’s choice. It must be a great encouragement to members of the society who have worked so hard.

This is still a fledgling project which has yet to be approved for carrying passengers but it deserves all the support us enthusiasts can give in order that the goal of opening 3 miles of the former branch from Nancegollan to Water-ma-Trout can be achieved.

Access to the new platform at Trevarno can only be gained via Trevarno Gardens. In our case, my wife is a keen gardener and I am a keen railway enthusiast so it was the perfect combination for a visit.

Although we visited on a weekday in April there were several volunteers present. Some from the Helston Railway Diesel Group were working on the Park Royal Class 103 DMU and others were manning the shop.

At the time of our visit, the footpath to the south of the platform was still crossing the line on a partial infill of the cutting, this has now been replaced with a new footbridge to allow progress of track laying southwards. This, in addition to the completion of the platform shows incredible progress.

Although train rides are not possible yet, a visit to this railway and use of the shop or any other donation you can give will help the railway to realise the goal of restoring another bit of British railway heritage. There is also the opportunity to see the only preserved complete class 103 DMU!

Attractions and Facilities


Contact Details

Registered Office:

General Manager tel:

General Manager email:


149 Polwithen Drive
Carbis Bay
St Ives
TR26 2SW

01736 752036


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At present the railway has not been passed for passenger operation. However, the platform area with it’s shop and exhibition in a converted mail van can be visited and occasional special events are held.

In July 2010 a steam event was held with visiting Bagnall 0-4-0ST Judy from the Bodmin & Wenford Railway. Visit the Helston Railway website for further details (see link below)

Locomotives & Multiple Unit



Brief History

The present day Helston Railway occupies part of the track bed of the original 8 mile 67 chain Helston Branch which ran from the Great Western railway’s main line station at Gwinear Road to Helston, with intermediate stations at Praze-an-Beeble and Nancegollan. A further halt at Truthall was built after the line was opened.

Helston Railway