Quintrell Downs railway station
Looking east from the level crossing
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Quintrell Downs railway station serves the village of Quintrell Downs in Cornwall, United Kingdom. The station is 4 km (2½ miles) to the east of Newquay on the Atlantic Coast Line. The station is managed by Great Western Railway with local services in each direction all calling here. There are few local services on summer Saturdays, when intercity trains run through to Newquay. However, all intercity trains operated by Great Western Railway and CrossCountry pause at this station when travelling in the up direction towards Par so that the level crossing can be activated. However, such stops are not available to passengers.
The first railway here was a horse-worked line from Newquay Harbour to Hendra Crazey. It was built by Joseph Treffry and completed in 1849. The Cornwall Minerals Railway opened its line from Fowey to St Dennis Junction on 1 June 1874, where it connected with Treffry's Newquay Railway. Although a siding was provided at an early date and passenger trains began passing through from 20 June 1876, the station at Quintrell Downs was not opened until 2 October 1911 (as Quintrell Downs Platform), by which time the line was part of the Great Western Railway. The suffix 'platform' in a GWR station name meant a staffed halt, and a member of staff remained until the gated level crossing was replaced by an open crossing in the 1990s. This crossing was upgraded to automatic half barriers in 2003-04.
Par is the Newquay branch junction on the Cornish Main Line where passengers change trains, although a few Newquay trains continue to Plymouth. On peak summer Saturdays trains do not stop at Quintrell Downs as the line is worked to capacity by intercity services to Newquay. There are three local trains each way on winter Sundays.
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Atlantic Coast Line
Local trains on the Newquay branch are designated as community rail services and are supported with marketing jointly provided by the Devon and Cornwall Rail Partnership and the franchised operator. The route is promoted as the "Atlantic Coast Line".
- 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.
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