The Bodmin and Wenford Railway
...chugging into a bygone era
Steam locomotives were last popular in the UK in the 1950s, and this leisurely 13 mile round trip on the Bodmin and Wenford Railway represents a real step back in time, as well as affording you the chance to sample the beautiful Cornwall scenery from a unique viewpoint.
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remain immensely popular, largely due to its wide variety of landscapes and attractions. While its beaches are at the forefront of the minds of most, its countryside ranks among the finest in the UK, and one of the best ways to experience the scenery is on a train, in particular the Bodmin & Wenford Railway.
The Bodmin & Wenford Railway remains Cornwall’s only full size railway still operated by steam locomotives, and it’s an enormously evocative experience as you gently chug along to the smells and sounds of yesteryear.
Trains operate between Bodmin Parkway station and Boscarne Junction via Bodmin General, the line’s main station where free coach and car parking is available. Buffets are available at both General and Parkway stations, while most services include a buffet and bar on board.
Services operate between February and December, and run on a daily basis from June to September. There are normally between four and six return trains each day between Bodmin General and Bodmin Parkway/Boscarne Junction.
The majority of services are steam powered, though trains on Saturdays are usually Diesel Locomotives (steam in August).
A series of special events are held throughout the year, including ‘Steam and Diesel Galas’, ‘Steaming Thru the 40s’ and several family-friendly events, including an ‘Easter Egg-travaganza’, which includes appearances by Paddington Bear, Fireman Sam and, last but certainly not least, Peppa Pig. Oink!
The Easter special runs from Good Friday through to Easter Monday.
Other specials include ‘Steam and Jazz’ trains and the popular Luxury Dining Train, which offers three delicious courses served in one of the two first class dining carriages.
And proving extremely popular every December are the ‘Santa by Steam’ specials, a unique and festive experience for all the family.
There are loads of places to stay in Cornwall
, and almost as many things to see and do. The Cornish coastline gets most of the headlines but inland Cornwall is a rare treat, bursting with scenic beauty and English heritage.
Easily accessible from most of Cornwall’s popular resorts, the Bodmin and Wenford Railyway is a fantastic day out for families and couples alike.
Last Updated: 28 Apr 2015