Dear Reader,

Whether you are a Volunteer, Member, Friend or someone with an interest in preserving Cornwall’s Heritage, we find ourselves together in an unprecedented situation brought about by the Coronavirus Pandemic and it is affecting every aspect of our daily lives. I hope that you are well and managing to cope with the changes we are all having to make.

At the very moment when we were looking to reopen with a renewed energy of our volunteers and some exciting changes to show our visitors, we have been hit hard. We have been forced to close and the bulk of our revenues which comes from visitor income have dropped to zero! We are more fortunate than many other Heritage Lines in that everything we do is on a voluntary basis and so we have no wage bill.

However, we are not immune from the impacts of closure. We still have expenses like rent, insurance and telephones to name but a few. Moreover, we’ve just come to the end of our closed season when we undertake larger maintenance tasks for which we rely on holding back some cash in reserve. That is now exhausted.

The charity has applied for the Government’s Emergency Funding Grant of £10K but they face restrictions and can only pay this over to the Operating Company if it relates to Fixed Assets. When this lockdown is over, we want to hit the ground running and urgently need to build a modest fighting fund so we can crack on with our important work. So, I am taking the unusual step of asking you directly to help the operating company continue by donating directly to it.

With a fantastic team we have worked tirelessly over the last 12 years or so to bring Helston Railway from absolutely nothing to where it is now, an operating railway, running with both steam and diesel locomotives, rolling stock, stations and providing visitors with over 10000 journeys in the last year. It is a vital community and visitor attraction and I will do everything I can to see that this achievement is not wasted.

So please consider helping us with a donation to our Emergency Appeal no matter how small.

You can do this either by direct bank transfer or payment by cheque.

Cheque Payment –  Payable to               Helston Railway Preservation Company Ltd

Payment Reference:                              EMAPP

And send it to                                       Helston Railway

Trevarno Farm,

Prospidnick, Helston

Cornwall TR13 0RY


Direct Bank Transfer to                          Helston Railway Preservation Co Ltd

Bank Sort Code:                                    30-13-88

Account Number:                                  00817269

Payment Reference:                              EMAPP


With your help we will ensure that our railway continues to thrive and thank you for taking the time to read this. In the meantime, please take care and stay well.


Thank you

James Packman