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‘Steam and Cream’ partnership demonstrates ground-breaking innovation

‘Steam and Cream’ partnership demonstrates ground-breaking innovation

Published: 1st April 2017

After months of research and development, and substantial investment from both organisations, the Bodmin & Wenford Railway and Trewithen Dairy are delighted to announce the success of their ground-breaking innovative partnership. The collaboration came about from the existing relationship, with Trewithen supplying their award-winning dairy products to Steamers Café at Bodmin General station. The ingenious initiative sees the Railway’s heritage steam locomotives converted to run on Trewithen’s Cornish cream.

Speaking on 1st April 2017, Chris Hatton, Railway Manager said: “We already use delicious Trewithen cream in our scrumptious Cornish cream teas served in the café and onboard our special ‘Steam & Cream’ trains. These are always popular with visitors. We’re delighted to expand our partnership to also fuel the steam engines. It makes for lovely white steam, just what we want as trains depart Bodmin General and head out into the Cornish countryside. This fuel is 100% Cornish, great as we always like to champion local suppliers. The cream from Trewithen comes from 25 herds within 25 miles of the dairy in the Glynn Valley, almost on our railway line.”

Francis Clarke, Managing Director of Trewithen Dairy said,  “Our Cornish dairy products are so versatile and delicious in all sorts of recipes, it truly is lovely stuff. We’re delighted our cream is now being used to enhance steam train travel at the Bodmin & Wenford Railway. Being so close, when the trains run through the Glynn Valley we can hear the steam trains from our dairy!”

Looking to the future, Chris Hatton Railway Manager said, “We’re currently talking to the team from A1 Steam Locomotive Trust who’ll be making history when they bring iconic locomotive 60163 Tornado to Cornwall for the first time in June. They’ll be visiting our Railway from 1st to 4th of June, and it would be great to see Tornado running on Trewithen cream during it’s time with us, just like our regular steam trains.”

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