Carbis Bay railway station

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Carbis Bay
National Rail
2009 at Carbis Bay station - platform.jpg
LocationCarbis Bay, Cornwall
Coordinates50°11′49″N 5°27′50″W / 50.197°N 5.464°W / 50.197; -5.464Coordinates: 50°11′49″N 5°27′50″W / 50.197°N 5.464°W / 50.197; -5.464
Grid referenceSW528387
Managed byGreat Western Railway
Other information
Station codeCBB
ClassificationDfT category F2
Original companyGreat Western Railway
Key dates
2015/16Decrease 0.191 million
2016/17Increase 0.195 million
2017/18Increase 0.235 million
2018/19Decrease 0.228 million
2019/20Decrease 0.212 million
Passenger statistics from the Office of Rail and Road

Carbis Bay railway station is on the St Ives Bay Line in Cornwall, United Kingdom and serves the village and beach of Carbis Bay, a community that only adopted this name after the arrival of the railway in 1877.

The station comprises a single platform. It is 324 miles (521 km) from London Paddington via Bristol Temple Meads. Carbis Viaduct is situated on the St Ives (west) side of the station.


The station was opened by the Great Western Railway on 1 June 1877 on their new branch line from St Erth to St Ives. The railway needed a viaduct to cross the small valley that carried Carbis Water down to the Baripper Cove. It was decided to build a station on the east side of the valley and call it Carbis Bay. The location proved popular with visitors and the small farms around Wheal Providence mine expanded to become the village of Carbis Bay, named after the station.[1]

The station buildings were not on the platform, rather they were at the top of the shallow cutting in which the station is built.[2] Goods traffic was withdrawn in May 1956.[3]


In 1899, the former station master Richard James was sentenced to 14 days in Bodmin prison for begging after he had got into difficulty through drink and being found begging for alms.[4]

  • John Tyack until 1885[5]
  • Edward Ward until 1888
  • J.C. Richards until 1895[6] (afterwards station master at Marazion)
  • John Mann from 1895[7]
  • Richard James until 1898
  • Josiah Martin 1898 - 1907[8] (afterwards station master at Lelant)
  • William Henry Pill 1907 - 1920[9]
  • E.A. Knight 1920 - 1924[10] (formerly station master at Brixton Road, afterwards station master at Drinnick Mill)
  • Mr. Roberts 1924 - 1926[11]
  • Henry White George ca. 1930 - 1931[12] (also station master at Lelant)
  • W. Harris 1931 - 1933[13] (formerly station master at Mary Tavy, afterwards station master at St. Agnes)


The station is 3 miles (4.8 km) from St Erth. There is a single platform situated in a shallow cutting north of the road that leads down to the beach. It is on the left of trains arriving from St Erth. There is a small car park at the station entrance but a larger one is available a short distance away by the beach.


All trains are operated by Great Western Railway. Most run between St Ives and St Erth half hourly, but some are extended through to Penzance.[14]

Preceding station National Rail National Rail Following station
Lelant   Great Western Railway
St Ives Bay Line
  St Ives

Carbis Viaduct[edit]

Carbis Viaduct looking north

Carbis Viaduct is a short distance beyond the station towards St Ives. It is built of granite from a nearby quarry at Towednack and has three piers supporting four 40 feet (12 m) arches, giving a total length of 78 yards (71 m); it is 78 feet (24 m) high.[2][15]


  1. ^ Bray, Lena; Bray, Donald (1992) [1981]. St Ives Heritage (Second ed.). Devoran: Landfall Publications. ISBN 1-873443-06-4.
  2. ^ a b Bennett, Alan (1990) [1988]. The Great Western Railway in West Cornwall (2 ed.). Cheltenham: Runpast Publishing. ISBN 1-870754-12-3.
  3. ^ Jenkins, Stanley C (1992). "the St Ives Branch". Great Western Railway Journal. Wild Swan Publications Ltd (Cornish Special Issue): 2–34.
  4. ^ "From Station Master to Tramp". Royal Cornwall Gazette. England. 27 July 1899. Retrieved 9 July 2021 – via British Newspaper Archive.
  5. ^ "Carbis Bay". Cornishman. England. 22 January 1885. Retrieved 9 July 2021 – via British Newspaper Archive.
  6. ^ "Local News". Cornishman. England. 24 January 1895. Retrieved 9 July 2021 – via British Newspaper Archive.
  7. ^ "Local News". Cornubian and Redruth Times. England. 25 January 1895. Retrieved 9 July 2021 – via British Newspaper Archive.
  8. ^ "Carbis Bay". Cornishman. England. 28 November 1907. Retrieved 9 July 2021 – via British Newspaper Archive.
  9. ^ "St Ives". Cornishman. England. 14 July 1920. Retrieved 9 July 2021 – via British Newspaper Archive.
  10. ^ "Yardmaster Knight". Western Morning News. England. 7 July 1950. Retrieved 9 July 2021 – via British Newspaper Archive.
  11. ^ "Carbis Bay". Cornishman. England. 3 February 1926. Retrieved 9 July 2021 – via British Newspaper Archive.
  12. ^ "The late Mr. H.W. George". Cornishman. England. 9 July 1931. Retrieved 9 July 2021 – via British Newspaper Archive.
  13. ^ "Plymouthian's Promotion to G.W.R. Inspector". Western Morning News. England. 14 November 1933. Retrieved 9 July 2021 – via British Newspaper Archive.
  14. ^ Table 144 National Rail timetable, May 2016
  15. ^ Jacobs, Gerald (2005). Railway Track Diagrams Book 3: Western. Bradford-on-Avon: Trackmaps. ISBN 0-9549866-1-X.
This station offers access to the South West Coast Path
Distance to path 50 yards (46 m)
Next station anticlockwise St Ives 1 mile (2 km)
Next station clockwise Lelant 2 miles (3 km)

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