The Helston Branch

Up Station History Signal Box

The Helston Branch was opened by the Helston Railway Company in 1887 as a standard gauge branch from the main line to Helston, with the intention of extending to the Lizard, although this was never done. The line specialised in transportation of broccoli (known as cauliflower in the rest of the UK) and also ran a lively passenger service to the main line at Gwinear Road. Unfortunately the branch closed in 1962 and the only visible remains are the Goods Shed (now a hall within a shelter housing complex) and part of the platform. Three useful books have been written, of which two are still in print (see References). The author of this website has researched the private owner wagons of the Helston Gas Company, the only ones known to have been associated with the branch. His 'O' Gauge model railway incorporates Helston station and also a fictitious station called Rosewarne Junction (see map below) from where a short branch to Leedstown might have been built.

History of Helston Station    History of Helston Signal Box    Links

Map of Branchlines in Cornwall

Present Day Photographs

Goods Shed (now a hall in a sheltered housing complex)

Helston Goods Shed 1990s

Helston Goods Shed 1990s

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Helston Platform 1990s

Goods Yard Approach (North side of embankment that used to hold the carriage shed)

Helston Goods Yard Approach 1990s

Road overbridge between Helston and Cober Viaduct

Road Overbridge

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G A Anthony, "The Hayle, West Cornwall and Helston Railways", The Oakwood Press, 1968.

S C Jenkins, "The Helston Branch Railway", No 184, The Oakwood Press, 1992, ISBN 0 85361 424 5

V Mitchell and K Smith, "Branch Lines to Falmouth, Helston and St Ives", Middleton Press, 2001. ISBN 1 901706 74 5


Helston Railway Preservation Society

Keith Gowen's 3 mm scale layout of Helston....

Keith Gowen's 'Helston'

Copyright Robert A Smith, 2005-7