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Launceston, Cornwall PL15 8DA
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The Launceston Steam Railway links the historic town of Launceston with the hamlet of Newmills. The line runs for two and a half miles through the glorious Kensey Valley along the trackbed of the old North Cornwall Railway, where once express trains from Waterloo thundered along.
Your train is hauled by narrow gauge (2' 0") locomotives built in Victoria's reign, and you can ride in open or closed carriages depending on the weather; whatever you choose, you are assured of a marvellous view. A seat in the front of the train is as good as being on the footplate.
Explore the Vintage Transport and Machinery in the museum at Launceston Station.
Use the trains to take children to the Newmills Farm Park, a popular separate attraction alongside Newmills Station.
Combine your visit with a look around Launceston, the rather curious town built around a Norman castle.