Since ‘Captain Dick’ Trevithick’s black Puffing Devil clanked up Camborne Hill on Christmas Eve 1801, Cornwall’s had a close association with steam transport. During Victorian times railways flourished; a web of routes spread across the Duchy connecting towns, villages and a shoal of tiny halts. Today much has changed, but nostalgic reminders of Cornish steam travel are still with us. Four lines live on, the locomotives and their guardians providing enjoyable outings for everyone.
Scenic rail travel too has survived in Cornwall, despite the cuts of the 1960s. Rural areas were widely affected; Cornish closures included parts of the North Cornwall Railway and the West Cornwall Railway. Now though, across the Duchy five scenic branch lines run by operator First Great Western meander through wonderful countryside, well away from the bustle of main-line services; they offer great trips, often to places you might otherwise overlook.
As usual Truran have been darlings, which helps. They work closely with their authors and once again the experience has been a joy.