St Germans railway station
|Managed by||Great Western Railway|
|Number of platforms||2|
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|Original company||Cornwall Railway|
|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 St Germans from Office of Rail and Road statistics. Methodology may vary year on year.|
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St Germans railway station serves the village of St Germans in Cornwall, UK. The station is managed and operated only by Great Western Railway and is situated on the Cornish Main Line 10 miles 33 chains (16.8 km) from the line's northern terminus of Plymouth. The station is situated just west of the St Germans Viaduct.
The station opened with the Cornwall Railway on 4 May 1859. It was described at the time as "of ornamental design ... conveniently situated close to the town, and consists of arrival, departure, and goods stations, all three being constructed of stone".
A fatal accident occurred near St Germans just two days after the opening of the railway. On 6 May 1859. The engine of the 7.25 p.m. train from Plymouth was approaching St Germans when it left the rails, hit the parapet of the wooden viaduct across Grove Creek and fell 38 feet into the mud below, landing upside down. Two of the coaches also ended up in the creek. The driver, fireman, and one guard were killed. A second guard, Richard Paddon, was given a reward of five pounds for his part in keeping the remainder of the train on the viaduct and helping to rescue the survivors.
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 which was in turn privatised in the 1990s.
In 1973 a signal panel was located in the old station buildings on the platform served by trains to Penzance, although this has since closed. The other building is private accommodation but a camping coach in the old sidings can be rented for holidays.
|Preceding station||National Rail||Following station|
|Saltash||Great Western Railway
Cornish Main Line
- "Western Route Sectional Appendix Module WR1" (PDF). Network Rail. 2016-03-05. Retrieved 2016-03-06.
Plymouth 245 [miles] 75 [chains] St Germans 256 [miles] 28 [chains]
- West Briton and Cornwall Advertiser, Railway Special Edition, 1859
- MacDermot, E T (1931). History of the Great Western Railway, volume II 1863-1921. London: Great Western Railway.
- Table 135 National Rail timetable, May 2016