About our Society
The original Helston Railway Preservation Society was formed at a meeting held in the Chy-an-Albany Hotel, St Ives, on the 18th May 2002, with an objective to restore to running order and re-open as a heritage railway, as much of the old Helston Branch Line as possible. The long term aim is to re-open a three mile section of the branch line between Nancegollan and Helston Water-ma-Trout.
With the kind permission of the landowner, a volunteer labour force started clearing the track bed at Trevarno Estate on Sunday 24th April 2005.
Our volunteers have worked wonders since work commenced in April 2005. Starting with a totally overgrown, and in some places impenetrable track bed, the team has cleared just over a mile down to the formation. A mile of new track has been laid, starting at Prospidnick in the north and travelling south towards the original site of Truthall Halt. We now have a temporary platform called Prospidnick Halt, and there is a platform at Tregadjack (originally called Trevarno). We have been granted planning permission to reinstate Truthall Halt and work has started there as well.
Work has now started on our new operating base at Trevarno Farm, just north of Prospidnick, where a station will be constructed with car parking and other facilities. We shall be laying track up to the new area as soon as we can get planning permission to do so.
Belonging to our sister organisation, the Helston Diesel Group, there are two Ruston & Hornsby shunters and a two car Park Royal Diesel Multiple Unit. One of the shunters has been fully restored to use whilst the other is awaiting repairs to its gearbox. The restoration of our Brake Van is also complete and it is used for our passenger services with one of the Ruston shunters.
We have a well-stocked shop, manned by volunteers, in our converted mail van at Prospidnick Halt.
We were extremely proud, when all our hard work was recognised, as we were presented with the Ian Allan Heritage Railway of the Year Award, by Pete Waterman, at a ceremony in London a short while ago. When they visited us again the judges were especially impressed, after closer inspection and meeting the crew, with the tremendous progress that we had achieved to date and the obvious enthusiasm and commitment of our volunteers.
In 2012 the Helston Railway Preservation Society was granted Charity status so now all donations can be gift aided which helps us to make all contributions go that little further.
A further accolade was given in 2013 when we won the Heritage Railway Association's Website Award for excellence in digital media. The judges said " The Helston Railway is the very worthy winner of the Website Award and is to be commended as they are very new members of the industry."
The hard work carried out by our regulars has been fantastic, but there is always room for more help. There is plenty of work; from track laying, building, fencing, and landscaping, to restoration work on the shunters and DMU. There are also administration tasks, such as fundraising and other support roles, such as manning the shop, that are really important. However if you feel that you do not want to play an active part, but wish to support us in other ways, then donations of any kind and equipment are very much appreciated, however small.
We hope that you find this website an interesting resource for information about the history of the line and also our current progress. Please do not miss the photos, and if you are not already a Member, please consider joining us - every small amount given in membership fees helps and is valuable to us.
With your continued tremendous support, we are sure that the restoration of the railway will continue rapidly, and before long, we will all be able to enjoy travelling by train, hopefully under steam, over a section of the Helston Railway.
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Become a Member
Becoming a member helps support the project and gives you an opportunity to volunteer on the railway.
It is very easy to become a member of the Helston Railway. Simply sign up and pay online, or print off our application form, and return with a cheque.