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Launceston Steam Railway

St Thomas Road
PL15 8DA

The Launceston Steam Railway links the historic town with the hamlet of Newmills. Travelling through glorious countryside your train is hauled by veteran locomotives built in Victoria's reign. 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.

Tickets are valid for unlimited travel on the date of issue, so you can break your journey for a riverside picnic or explore the footpaths around Newmills.

Launceston Station is the place to wander the Railway Workshops and the Transport Museum, or browse in the much acclaimed Gift Shop with its well-stocked Bookshop. A wide choice of refreshments are available at the Railway Buffet, including of course cream teas.

Visitors have a choice of walks all starting at the station. A short stroll takes in the ruins of the ancient Priory and includes the medieval Priors Bridge over the River Kensey (don't forget to feed the ducks). A longer and very interesting walk is the 'Launceston Town Trail'. Pick up a leaflet at the station and set off to discover the unique hill-top town. After this remember, you can return for another ride at no extra cost. Wet or dry Launceston Steam Railway makes a great day out.

The Locomotives used on the railway are of a famous design built in the 1880s and 1890s by the Hunslet Engine Company of Leeds. They worked on the slate carrying lines high in the mountains of North Wales. Four are to be found at Launceston where they are maintained in the railway workshops which are open for visitors.

General Information:

  • Shop
  • Café
  • Workshop Tours

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    Launceston Steam Railway Postcode for SatNav: PL15 8DA


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