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Railways in Devon and Cornwall:
Devon and Cornwall has a number of preserved railway lines, often manned by enthusiastic volunteers, which make for a great day out, often featuring historic steam locomotives.
Bodmin and Wenford Railway
The Bodmin & Wenford Railway is Cornwall's only standard gauge railway still operated by steam locomotives and the trains run through some delightful Cornish scenery.
The Railway is typical of a branch line in the 1950's. Great Western steam tank engines are the main locomotives to be seen here but diesel traction is also used, particularly on Saturdays
The main station on the line is at Bodmin General. The engine sheds are here, as well as a souvenir shop and a delightful refreshment room in the restored station buildings.
Boscarne Junction provides a direct link with the "Camel Trail", the cycle and footpath running to Padstow along the route of the old Bodmin & Wadebridge Railway.
Bodmin Parkway station is on the main rail line from London to Penzance and has a beautiful walk along the old carriage drive to the Lanhydrock House.
The Bodmin & Wenford also runs a variety of popular special events, incluing dining trains, Valentine specials and fish & chip suppers on-board.
The 15 mile Dartmoor Railway climbs 600 feet from the Tarka Line, near Coleford through Sampford Courtenay and Okehampton and onwards to Meldon, high on the flank of Dartmoor. The line survived the Beeching axe, and is now being developed by a unique partnership of public and private sectors, to once again serve the picturesque area of Devon and the Dartmoor National Park through which it runs.
The Paignton and Dartmouth Steam Railway from Paignton has steam trains running for seven miles in Great Western tradition along the spectactular Torbay coast to Churston and through the wooded slopes bordering the Dart estuary to Kingswear. The scenery is superb, with seascapes right across Lyme Bay to Portland Bill on clear days. Approaching Kingswear is the beautiful River Dart, with its fascinating craft, and on the far side, the olde worlde town of Dartmouth and the famous Britannia Royal Naval College, Butterwalk, Bayard’s Cove and Dartmouth Castle.