Cornwall LivingIssue #88

Happy anniversary!

2019 marks 30 years since Bodmin & Wenford Railway was granted its light railway order, and what a year it’s having in celebration!

To celebrate 30 years of steaming passengers down the line and back in time, alongside their regular programme of activity and special events, the Bodmin & Wenford team have been sharing the fascinating history of the railway and some exclusive promotions via social media, so be sure to follow them!

The railway is run by a dedicated, passionate team of volunteers who keep us on track.”

So what’s the railway’s secret to success? Perhaps more than anything else, Hannah Irwin, the railway’s Visitor, Events and Marketing Manager, tells us: “Volunteering. The railway is run by a dedicated, passionate team of volunteers who keep us on track.” From behind the scenes in the engine sheds and workshop, to the driver and fireman on the footplate, or the person who sells you your ticket in the booking office or on the train, Hannah explains, “we couldn’t do it without them. If you’re looking for a rewarding opportunity with a friendly and enthusiastic team, then volunteering with Bodmin & Wenford Railway could well be for you!”

It isn’t just the anniversary celebrations that have got the Bodmin & Wenford crew excited. In fact, having secured funding from Great Western Railway and Cornwall Council, they recently announced plans for a second platform at Bodmin General! But it’s not yet full steam ahead – the railway now needs to raise the additional funds to make the project a reality. To find out more about the platform and the fundraising campaign, be sure to visit the Bodmin & Wenford website.

As if all of this wasn’t enough, Hannah tells us that the railway is delighted to be welcoming The Gruffalo on 28th and 29th September, who’ll be strolling out of the deep dark wood to meet passengers at intervals throughout both days. Just one of the many events in the railway’s calendar, in addition to a journey on a steam train, there’ll be plenty to entertain families as they explore the railway and partake in activities inspired by Julia Donaldson’s world-renowned children’s book.

There’s so much going on at Bodmin & Wenford Railway throughout the year, with experiences for kids and grown-ups alike. So if you’re looking for a day out with a difference be sure to visit the website. Better still, why not pencil in a trip to your summer calendar?


Journey back in time

Expect delicious Cornish fare in a delightfully different setting. Dine in First Class as you travel towards the Glynn Valley and out along the Camel Trail.


Bodmin & Wenford Railway

01208 73555

"The railway is run by a dedicated, passionate team of volunteers who keep us on track."