St Germans railway station

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St Germans National Rail
St Germans
Location
Place St Germans
Local authority Cornwall
Coordinates 50°23′39″N 4°18′32″W / 50.39430°N 4.30876°W / 50.39430; -4.30876Coordinates: 50°23′39″N 4°18′32″W / 50.39430°N 4.30876°W / 50.39430; -4.30876
Grid reference SX360574
Operations
Station code SGM
Managed by First Great Western
Number of platforms 2
Live arrivals/departures and station information
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Annual rail passenger usage*
2002/03 25,681
2004/05 Decrease 24,926
2005/06 Increase 28,228
2006/07 Increase 29,540
2007/08 Decrease 29,073
2008/09 Increase 39,722
2009/10 Decrease 38,258
2010/11 Increase 44,758
2011/12 Increase 51,030
2012/13 Increase 52,958
History
Original company Cornwall Railway
Pre-grouping Great Western Railway
Post-grouping Great Western Railway
Opened 1859
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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 Regulation 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 operated by First Great Western and 9.25 miles (15 km) west of Plymouth.

It is situated immediately west of the large St Germans viaduct.[1]

Both platforms have step-free entrances. The platform nearest St Germans Quay is served by trains to Liskeard; trains to Plymouth use the opposite platform.

History[edit]

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".[2]

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.[3]

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.

Services[edit]

A Penzance to Plymouth service

St Germans is served by about half the trains on the Cornish Main Line between Penzance and Plymouth, including a few that run through to London Paddington station.[4]

Preceding station National Rail National Rail Following station
Saltash   First Great Western
Cornish Main Line
  Menheniot


References[edit]

One of the two camping coaches
  1. ^ Bennett, Alan (1990). The Great Western Railway in East Cornwall. Cheltenham: Runpast Publishing. ISBN 1-870754-11-5. 
  2. ^ West Briton and Cornwall Advertiser, Railway Special Edition, 1859
  3. ^ MacDermot, E T (1931). History of the Great Western Railway, volume II 1863-1921. London: Great Western Railway. 
  4. ^ "National Rail Timetable 135 (Winter 2007)" (PDF). Network Rail.