Sandplace railway station

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Sandplace 150238.JPG
LocationSandplace, Cornwall
Coordinates50°23′14″N 4°27′53″W / 50.3872°N 4.46481°W / 50.3872; -4.46481Coordinates: 50°23′14″N 4°27′53″W / 50.3872°N 4.46481°W / 50.3872; -4.46481
Grid referenceSX248570
Managed byGreat Western Railway
Other information
Station codeSDP
ClassificationDfT category F2
Key dates
2015/16Decrease 1,316
2016/17Increase 1,418
2017/18Increase 1,780
2018/19Decrease 1,274
2019/20Increase 1,302
Passenger statistics from the Office of Rail and Road

Sandplace railway station (Cornish: Tewesva[1]) is an intermediate station on the scenic Looe Valley Line in Cornwall, England, United Kingdom. The station serves the hamlet of Sandplace and is 6.5 miles (10 km) south of Liskeard.

The single platform is on the left of trains arriving from Liskeard (as seen in the image on the right).


The Liskeard and Looe Railway was opened on 27 December 1860 to carry goods traffic; passenger trains started on 11 September 1879, but Sandplace did not have a station until December 1881. A goods siding was provided a little distance south of the station but has been closed for many years.

Sandplace is one of the stations named in Bernard Moore's poem Travelling.

Community rail[edit]

The railway between Liskeard and Looe is designated as a community rail line and is supported by marketing provided by the Devon and Cornwall Rail Partnership. The line is promoted under the "Looe Valley Line" name.

The "Polruan Country House Hotel" is included in the Looe Valley Line rail ale trail. This is one of the most difficult rail ale trail pubs to visit as it has very limited opening hours.


All trains on the "Looe Valley Line" from Liskeard to Looe stop at Sandplace 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. There is no Sunday service in the winter.

Preceding station National Rail National Rail Following station
Causeland   Great Western Railway
Looe Valley Line


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