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More than 45 years ago the Helston branch of the old Great Western Railway line closed - apparently for good.

But now a section of that same line will re-open and eventually passengers will once again be able to travel by steam train.

The members of the Helston Railway Preservation Society have spent a busy five years restoring both track and rolling stock in order to run trains from the old platform at Trevarno gardens.

Dr Beeching at the BBC
The Helston line was closed by Dr Beeching

The Helston line was one of the first to fall victim to the new BR Chairman Dr Beeching. He had been appointed by the Government of the day to look at ways of making the railway industry more profitable.

Helston closed a year before Beeching's infamous report led to the closure of many fondly remembered branchlines.

Local people were passionate about the railway line and put up a brave battle to try and save it, but it was not to be.

Freight trains continued on the line for two more years. The main line junction station at Gwinear Road closed in 1964.

The passion felt by Helston residents in the '60s continues to this day in the form of the Helston Railway Preservation Society.

The Helston Railway Preservation Company Limited was formed on 16 February 2006 with powers to build and run a railway.

It's the company's dedicated members who have worked to open the historic stretch of line at Trevarno Gardens. But it doesn't stop there. The team is ultimately hoping to re-open a three mile section of the branch line between Nancegollan and Helston Water-ma-Trout.

The grand opening of Trevarno Station took place on Monday 26 July at 11am in the morning. Bodmin and Wenford Railway's engine 'Judy' was in attendance, on the original line, bringing back memories of the '60s in Helston.

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