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Timetable set out to mark railway line's first 150 years

By West Briton  |  Posted: June 06, 2013

  • Crowds thronged for the opening of the Truro to Falmouth railway line in 1863 as depicted in the London Illustrated News at the time.

  • H&R Mazeppa at Bar Lane Bridge. s from the Royal Cornwall Polytechnic Society archives

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CELEBRATIONS are being planned to mark this year's 150th anniversary of the Maritime Line railway between Falmouth and Truro.

Among the events over the August Bank Holiday weekend are a commemorative train journey, a chance to view an original steam engine and an exhibition.

The Friends of Penmere Station will celebrate its 20th anniversary with an open day as part of the weekend.

Richard Burningham, manager at the Devon and Cornwall Partnership, said: "The Maritime Line is hugely successful, with passenger numbers doubling since 2009.

"I hope that we can make the anniversary celebrations a big, varied event with as many people involved in them as possible.

"We are particularly looking for people who would like to get involved in organising activities to be part of the programme."

Although it is too logistically difficult for a steam locomotive to be run on the line itself, there will be one on The Moor, where a host of activities will take place.

Mr Burningham added: "We are still talking to First Great Western about some sort of special anniversary train for the line.

"It is not just about celebrating the railway for local people, but also the fact it is now the best ever service and busiest it has been.

"It is not something we would have thought possible ten years ago."

There is expected to be a plaque unveiling at the Truro station.

An exhibition will be hosted by The Falmouth History Group at The Poly from August 19 to September 7 showing how the railway has developed over the years.

There will be photographs from the archives, model railways and a chance to find out about the lives of those involved, such as the navvies who built the railway, and to learn about the impact of the transport on tourism.

The group would like to hear from anyone who has a story to share, particularly those that worked on the line, or artefacts such as station signs.

Anyone who can loan memorabilia or has information can contact the group by e-mail on history@thepoly.org or call in on a Tuesday or Thursday morning.

A further exhibition will be staged at Penryn Museum and Carrick Ramblers will be running a series of guided walks.

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