Network Rail chairman launches Helston Railway extension push

NETWORK Rail chairman Sir Peter Hendy has cut the first sod of the Helston Railway’s short extension and new platform at Trevarno Farm.

The cutting of the sod: left to right are Sir Peter Hendy, James Packman (chairman of the Helston Railway’s operating company), Chris Heaps and mayor Gillian Geer. HRPS
The cutting of the sod: left to right are Sir Peter Hendy, James Packman (chairman of the Helston Railway’s operating company), Chris Heaps and mayor Gillian Geer. HRPS

Nearly 135 years ago, in March 1882, the then mayor of Helston inaugurated work on the proposed railway between Helston and Gwinear Road by cutting the first sod.

On Thursday, September 1, the current mayor, Coun Gillian Geer and Mrs Elizabeth Bolitho, some of whose ancestors were directors of the original railway, attended as the former Commissioner for Transport for London officiated at a similar ceremony to launch a short extension.

The event somewhat invoked parallels with the opening of the Dart Valley Railway, now the South Devon Railway, by the former British Railways chairman Dr Richard Beeching on May 5, 1969.

Read more in Issue 220 of Heritage Railway

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