The majority of our passengers start and finish their journey at Bodmin General - which is a junction station in the middle of the line) - and travel at least once over the whole 6½-mile line using our popular Freedom of the Line ticket, which enables you to travel where you like, when you like as much as you like!
Bodmin General Station is our headquarters and principal station, and the Railway's focal point. The station is beautifully restored to reflect the 1950's, resplendent in the British Railways (Western Region) colour scheme of the period. The main station building was constructed by the Great Western Railway and opened in 1887, when the 3½-mile branch line from Bodmin Road to Bodmin was opened.
The station is centrally situated and a 10-15 minute walk from the town centre of Bodmin.
The station has a Refreshment Room – open on all train operating days – serving a good variety of hot and cold drinks, Cornish Pasties, sausage rolls, freshly cut sandwiches, cakes, snacks and sweets. There is seating available inside and outside the Refreshment Room for customers.
Along the platform, towards the signalbox, you will find a small Picnic Area, should you choose to bring your own food and drink with you during your visit.
There is also a well stocked gift shop with a wide variety of items to suit every taste, including souvenirs of your visit to the railway and Cornwall, an impressive selection of railway-related mementoes as well as a comprehensive range of railway publications with a strong local interest.
Toilet facilities, including a wheelchair accessible toilet and baby change facility, are available at Bodmin General.
We have a workshop viewing area – open on most train operating days – where you are welcome to see the restoration and repair work being carried out on our locomotives and rolling stock. This can be accessed by walking through the car park and into the yard. There are also locomotives and rolling stock on display. Please note that access to the Workshop Viewing Area and yard may have to be restricted on certain occasions for Health & Safety reasons, such as when coal loading or welding are taking place.
Our serviceable steam engines are stored in the Locomotive Running Shed, situated on the adjacent side of the main running line near to the signalbox, but the building is not normally accessible to the public.
This is a peaceful wayside station, set amongst beautiful scenery, located between Bodmin General and Bodmin Parkway, opened by the Bodmin & Wenford Railway in 1993 to serve a nearby Farm Park (which has sadly now closed).
From the station, there is a 1½-mile walk along a footpath to Cardinham Woods (which can be viewed in the distance from the station), where there are nature trails etc. A separate leaflet is available. Please note that this Public Footpath runs through fields and has stiles at certain points and is not recommended for wheel chairs or push chairs, and can be wet and muddy at times. Stout footwear is certainly recommended!
There is a small picnic area at the station.
Trains from Bodmin General to Bodmin Parkway usually stop at Colesloggett Halt, but NOT on the return (uphill) journey due to the steep gradient and curvature of the line at this point. Certain trains do not stop at Colesloggett Halt.
There is no car parking here for railway users.
Originally called Bodmin Road, the station was built by The Cornwall Railway in 1859. It has been a junction with the national railway network since 1887, when the 3½-mile branch line to Bodmin was opened. This is a main line station on the route from London and the north, via Plymouth, to Penzance.
Bodmin & Wenford Railway trains operate from Platform 3 adjacent to the platform used by London-bound trains. Through tickets may be bought at all mainline stations, which includes travel on the Bodmin & Wenford Railway - just ask for tickets "....to the Bodmin & Wenford Railway" and NOT to Bodmin Parkway.
The station is now operated and maintained by First Great Western Trains Limited.
Car parking is available at the station, but this is for the exclusive use of main line passengers only.
The old Signalbox on the Down platform has been converted to a Café, which is operated by the Bodmin & Wenford Railway, providing a valuable service to main line travelers, but also to walkers and our own passengers. The Signalbox Cafe serves a range of hot and cold food, snacks and non-alcoholic drinks. A warm welcome is guaranteed……and the home made cakes have to be tasted to be believed!
There is a very pleasant walk from here along the old carriage drive to Lanhydrock House (about 1¾ miles - 40 minutes). Lanhydrock is a beautiful country house set in impressive grounds and now owned by the National Trust. There is an admission fee for the house and gardens but not for the grounds. For more information please contact the National Trust.
The Bodmin & Wenford Railway has built a shed at Bodmin Parkway, opened in 2007 and used primarily to store various items of rolling stock, but this is NOT open to the public.
Adjacent to the storage shed is an 'Exchange Siding' which provides a physical link between the national railway network and the Bodmin & Wenford Railway, which is controlled by the Network Rail Signaller at Lostwithiel Signalbox. The link sees occasional use, but cannot be used by passenger-carrying trains.
Boscarne Junction station was opened by the Bodmin & Wenford Railway in 1996, though the station itself is located on the trackbed of the former Bodmin & Wadebridge Railway, opened originally in 1834 and one of the very first railways in the world.
The site has been a junction since 1888, when the line from Bodmin General was opened, and was once a busy place, with train services (operated by both the Great Western Railway and the Southern Railway) passing here to Wadebridge, Padstow, Bodmin, Bodmin Road and Wenfordbridge. However, there was never actually a station here until 1964, which only survived three years until passenger services over the line were withdrawn by British Railways.
The station is situated directly adjacent to the Camel Trail, a recreational footpath and cycleway, largely along the former railway trackbed which is owned and managed by Cornwall Council.
The station has a Waiting Room, Opened in 2010 this has proved a key addition to the platform and is available to passengers during the day that trains operate.
From the station you can walk along the Camel Trail, where there is a vineyard, a Tea Room and a public house, all within approximately 30 minutes walk away (none of which are operated by the Bodmin & Wenford Railway). If you visit us in the morning, you can break your journey here and return on another train later in the day!