Perranwell railway station

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Perranwell National Rail
2009 at Perranwell station - laying the new signal cable.jpg
Looking towards Falmouth
Location
Place Perranarworthal
Local authority Cornwall
Coordinates 50°13′00″N 5°06′41″W / 50.21666°N 5.11142°W / 50.21666; -5.11142Coordinates: 50°13′00″N 5°06′41″W / 50.21666°N 5.11142°W / 50.21666; -5.11142
Grid reference SW780398
Operations
Station code PRW
Managed by Great Western Railway
Number of platforms 1
DfT category F2
Live arrivals/departures, station information and onward connections
from National Rail Enquiries
Annual rail passenger usage*
2011/12 Increase 27,030
2012/13 Increase 27,478
2013/14 Increase 28,842
2014/15 Increase 35,646
2015/16 Decrease 30,530
History
Original company Cornwall Railway
Pre-grouping Great Western Railway
Post-grouping Great Western Railway
'Perran' opened 1863
Renamed 'Perranwell' 1864
National RailUK railway stations
A B C D E F G H I J K L M N O P Q R S T U V W X Y Z
* Annual estimated passenger usage based on sales of tickets in stated financial year(s) which end or originate at Perranwell from Office of Rail and Road statistics. Methodology may vary year on year.
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Perranwell station is on the Maritime Line from Truro to Falmouth Docks in England. The station is managed by, and the services are operated by, Great Western Railway.

History[edit]

The old goods shed

The station was opened with the Cornwall Railway Falmouth extension on 24 August 1863. It was called Perran until it was renamed Perranwell on 19 February 1864 to avoid confusion with nearby Penryn.

The Cornwall Railway was amalgamated into the Great Western Railway on 1 July 1889. The Great Western Railway was nationalised into British Railways from 1 January 1948 but was then privatised in the 1990s.

The goods shed still stands in the forecourt despite goods traffic ceasing on 4 January 1965. A dry drinking fountain can be seen on the platform, a reminder of more important days. The signal box here was very distinctive, being sited on girders above the track alongside the goods shed.

The original Carnon viaduct

A short distance on either side of the station, valleys had to be crossed on lofty timber viaducts. To the north, Carnon viaduct crossed 96 feet above the Carnon River valley and the Redruth and Chasewater Railway. In the other direction, trains crossed the smaller Perran Viaduct (56 feet high, 339 feet long).

In the 1980s the station had become run down with only a small aluminium shelter with polycarbonate panels offering protection for passengers. However, during the late 1990s a new brick waiting shelter was built as part of a refurbishment programme at all the "Maritime Line" stations.

Description[edit]

There is just one platform with level access from the car park. Trains towards Truro run from left to right; trains towards Falmouth Docks run from right to left.

Services[edit]

The new loop at Penryn allowed services on the Maritime Line to be doubled in frequency from 17 May 2009, however only about half the trains are now scheduled to call at Perranwell. These only stop on request, which means that people alighting need to inform the train's guard, and those joining at the station need to signal clearly to the driver.[1]

Preceding station National Rail National Rail Following station
Truro   Great Western Railway
Maritime Line
  Penryn

References[edit]

  1. ^ Table 139 National Rail timetable, May 2016

Further reading[edit]

  • The Great Western Railway in Mid Cornwall, Alan Bennett, Kingfisher Railway Publications, Southampton 1988. ISBN 0-946184-53-4

External links[edit]