Looe Valley Scenic Railway Line:
Liskeard to Causeland
From Liskeard, runs the scenic Looe Valley Line
that can be used as a very enjoyable 'Park and Ride' to visit Looe, with easy
parking at the station in Liskeard, or indeed for visiting
Liskeard from Looe! This unusual and pretty line was originally
a part of the, then, linked
& Caradon Railway and Liskeard & Looe Railway. The line follows in
part, the course of the earlier Liskeard & Looe Union Canal that was
constructed between Moorswater and
Looe, for the onward shipping of granite and
ore from the L&CR to the quayside at Looe. Both canal and railways were used to link the old
copper mines and granite quarries on the heights of Bodmin Moor (at over 1150
feet above sea level), with the sea-port of Looe. The part of the line still
open for commuting between Looe and Liskeard, and for holiday visitors to travel
to Looe, includes the link between the higher Liskeard Station and the lower Moorswater section of the line (at Coombe Junction Halt), which was the original link built to connect the
main line to the L&CR and L&LR, and is unusually steep.
For more history and
information about the old canal see the
Liskeard & Looe Union Canal on Wikipedia.
Looe Valley Line station at Liskeard with a Class 153 Super-Sprinter single coach unit
Park and Ride for Looe!
The line on the left comes down from Liskeard to Coombe Junction - the very steep section, where the train
reverses here to travel on down to Looe. The train only stops at Coombe Junction Halt itself twice a day.
Looking up from Coombe Junction to Coombe Junction Halt, with the old Moorswater mineral line beyond
A rare view from the Driver's cab looking towards Coombe Junction during points change (special permission!)
Coombe Junction Halt from the bridge at Lower Lamellion (Coombe Junction down the line)
The Lodge Farm crossing just down the Looe line from Coombe Junction
The line from Trussel Bridge towards Looe
St Keyne Station looking towards Liskeard through the St Keyne bridge
Next to St Keyne Station is also the home of
Paul Corin's Magnificent Music Machines, featuring a wonderful 1929 Mighty Wurlitzer Theatre
Pipe Organ, from the Regent Cinema in Brighton. Paul's Magnificent Music Machines also featured on the Channel 4 TV programme
"Secret Stations" with Paul Merton. Break your journey to visit them!
St Keyne Station (Wishing Well Halt)
The Landlooe Bridge with the arch over the old Liskeard and Looe Union Canal in the foregraound
Causeland Station and a Super-Sprinter leaving for Liskeard
Causeland Station, wth the East Looe River to the right. The old Canal which is now getting very overgrown,
runs behind the station. The canal appears to cross from side to side of the railway at times, as the newer
rail line was in some place built over and crossing the line of the canal.
The old Liskeard and Looe Union Canal behind Causeland Station.
This was not a large canal, and the small barge boats would have been horse-drawn.
The line continues along the
Causeland to Looe section of the line...
Moorswater Section & Viaduct for images of the old mineral line
on up from Coombe Junction to the old Moorswater China Clay
processing works, passing under the Moorswater Viaduct.
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