Gunnislake railway station

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Gunnislake
National Rail
Gunnislake railway station 2010.jpg
LocationGunnislake, Cornwall
England
Coordinates50°30′58″N 4°13′12″W / 50.516°N 4.220°W / 50.516; -4.220Coordinates: 50°30′58″N 4°13′12″W / 50.516°N 4.220°W / 50.516; -4.220
Grid referenceSX427708
Managed byGreat Western Railway
Platforms1
Other information
Station codeGSL
ClassificationDfT category F1
Key dates
1908opened
1994resited
Passengers
2014/15Decrease 54,356
2015/16Decrease 53,728
2016/17Increase 54,510
2017/18Increase 56,118
2018/19Increase 60,396
Notes
Passenger statistics from the Office of Rail and Road

Gunnislake railway station serves the village of Gunnislake in Cornwall, England. There are also connecting buses from here to the town of Tavistock. However the station is located in or nearer to the villages of Drakewalls and Albaston. It is the northern terminus of the Tamar Valley Line from Plymouth.

History[edit]

A view of the station in 1972.

The 3 ft 6 in (1,067 mm) gauge East Cornwall Mineral Railway was opened from the quay at Calstock to Kelly Bray on 8 May 1872. It was replaced by the present Plymouth, Devonport and South Western Junction Railway route across Calstock Viaduct on 2 March 1908 which saw passenger trains introduced.

Gunnislake became a terminus on 7 November 1966, the line onwards to Callington having closed the previous Saturday. The original station was on the west side of the road bridge but in 1994 it was replaced by a new station on the east (Calstock) side which has allowed the low (12 feet – 3.6m) bridge to be demolished.

Description[edit]

There is a single platform – on the left of trains arriving from Plymouth. The station car park and bus interchange is situated immediately behind the platform.

Services[edit]

The railway from Plymouth to Gunnislake is designated as a community railway and is supported by marketing provided by the Devon and Cornwall Rail Partnership. The line is promoted as the "Tamar Valley Line".[1] The journey from Plymouth typically takes 45 minutes. During the summer nine trains each way operate on weekdays, eight on Saturdays and six on Sundays.[2] Connections with main line services can be made at Plymouth.

Preceding station National Rail National Rail Following station
Calstock   Great Western Railway
Tamar Valley Line
  Terminus

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Tamar Valley Line - Great Scenic Railways". Great Scenic Railways. Retrieved 1 September 2017.
  2. ^ "Plymouth to Gunnislake (The Tamar Line) Timetable" (PDF). Great Western Railway. Retrieved 1 September 2017.
  • Cheesman, AJ (1967). The Plymouth, Devonport and South Western Junction Railway. Blandford Forum: Oakwood Press.
  • Clinker, CR (1963). The Railways of Cornwall 1809 - 1963. Dawlish: David and Charles.
  • Crombleholme, Roger; Gibson, Bryan; Stickey, Douglas; Whetmath, CFD (1985) [1967]. Callington Railways. Bracknell: Forge Books. ISBN 0904662233.

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