Luxulyan railway station
|Managed by||First Great Western|
|Number of platforms||1|
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|Original company||Cornwall Minerals Ry|
|Pre-grouping||Great Western Railway|
|Post-grouping||Great Western Railway|
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|* Annual estimated passenger usage based on sales of tickets in stated financial year(s) which end or originate at Luxulyan from Office of Rail and Road statistics. Methodology may vary year on year.|
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The first railway at Luxulyan was a horse-worked line from Par Harbour to Molinnis which was built by Joseph Treffry, opening on 18 May 1847. It climbed up the side of the Luxulyan Valley on a cable-worked incline and then crossed it on the Treffry Viaduct.
On 1 June 1874 a new line was opened by the Cornwall Minerals Railway. Running from Fowey to Newquay, it bypassed the incline, instead passing beneath the Treffry Viaduct and entering Luxulyan through the 50 yard (46m) Luxulyan Tunnel. The tramway was retained from Luxulyan over the Treffry Viaduct to a quarry at Colcerrow until about 1933.
A passenger service was introduced on 20 June 1876 when a station was provided at Bridges, which was renamed "Luxulyan" 1 May 1905. The passing loop was lengthened in 1910 and again on 10 May 1936. The two original platforms were replaced by an island platform between the tracks as part of the 1910 alterations. A camping coach was kept in the goods yard for several years for hiring out to tourists who arrived by train.
A new siding to serve the Treskilling China Clay Works was opened in 1916. This survived until 1975 but the public goods yard closed on 27 September 1964, as did the connection to the stub of the Colcerrow branch east of the station. The passing loop and the second platform face were taken out of use at the same time.
There is a single platform on the east side of the track which has a shelter and seats. At the southern end of this is the car park which connects to a small lane that leads to the village's main road. This lane crosses over the railway on a stone bridge a short distance south of the platform. The station has a solar powered help point which allows waiting people to find out when the next trains will arrive.
Trains on the Par to Newquay branch line stop at Luxulyan on request – this means that passengers alighting here must tell the conductor that they wish to do so, and those waiting to join must signal clearly to the driver as the train approaches. Passengers can change at Par for services on the Cornish Main Line, however a few branch line services run through from and to Plymouth.
On peak summer Saturdays there is no service as the line is worked to capacity by long-distance trains bringing holidaymakers to Newquay. There are three trains each way on winter Sundays.
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|Par||First Great Western
Atlantic Coast Line
The trains between Par and Newquay are designated as a community rail service and is supported by marketing provided by the Devon and Cornwall Rail Partnership. The line is promoted under the Atlantic Coast Line name.
- Bennett, Alan (1988). The Great Western Railway in Mid Cornwall. Southampton: Kingfisher Railway Publications. ISBN 0-946184-53-4.
- Cooke, RA (1977). Track Layout Diagrams of the GWR and BR WR, Section 11: East Cornwall. Harwell: RA Cooke.
- Vaughan, John (1991). The Newquay Branch and its Branches. Sparkford: Haynes/Oxford Publishing Company. ISBN 0-86093-470-5.