Photo Archive (3) Launceston Steam Railway July 2009

The Tamar Belle Heritage Groups visit to the steam railway


The Launceston Steam Railway links the historic town with the hamlet of Newmills. The line runs for two and a half miles through the glorious KenseyValley along the track bed of the old North Cornwall Railway.

Train are hauled by narrow gauge (2'0") locomotives built in Victoria's reign and you can ride in open or closed carriages depending on the weather; whatever you choose, you are assured of a marvellous view. A seat in the front of the train is as good as being on the footplate.

All tickets are "Day Rovers" so you can ride the trains as often as you wish or break your journey to visit Newmills Farm Park or explore the footpaths around the KenseyValley.

Launceston Station is the place to wander around the Railway Workshops and the Vintage Transport Museum, or browse in the much acclaimed Gift Shop with its well-stocked Bookshop.

The station area was once the site of an Augustinian Priory some of which can be seen by visitors to the Railway.

Also at the station is a Buffet where refreshments can be taken whilst watching the trains.