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Take a look as we show Cornwall Live what really goes on behind the scenes here at the Bodmin & Wenford Railway

It’s the Cornish family attraction that often gets overlooked but it’s time that Bodmin & Wenford Railway got the kudos it deserves.

Run by a dedicated group of enthusiasts and volunteers, 2019 marks the 30th anniversary of the heritage railway which attracts thousands of visitors every year.

Run by a dedicated group of enthusiasts and volunteers – unbelievably, there are 300 volunteers in all – the railway team is always eager to hear from those keen to get involved.

Cornwall Live visited recently to take a look behind the scenes, chat to some of the passionate volunteers and ride a train through the beautiful countryside to Boscarne Junction.

Three deer gambolled alongside us and bounded across the track. It was an incredible sight, which you can see in the video above.

Volunteers are involved in all aspects of operating the railway in roles as diverse as engine drivers, firemen, signalmen, guards, ticket inspectors, shop and buffet crew, gardening, maintenance, locomotive repair and booking office staff.

One of those we spoke to, who was working in the steam engine shed, said he was “living the dream”.

No prior experience is necessary – the railway will provide full training where appropriate and there is no minimum commitment requirement.

If you would like to embrace a new, fun, social and rewarding pastime pop into Bodmin General Station or book a place on the upcoming volunteer open day on June 1, where you’ll be given a behind the scenes tour of the railway and have an opportunity to meet and chat with existing volunteers.


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