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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 Liskeard & 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.

Liskeard Station for Looe
Looe Valley Line station at Liskeard with a Class 153 Super-Sprinter single coach unit

Liskeard to Looe train
Park and Ride for Looe!

Coombe Junction
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.

Coombe Halt
Looking up from Coombe Junction to Coombe Junction Halt, with the old Moorswater mineral line beyond

Coombe Junction from Driver's Cab
A rare view from the Driver's cab looking towards Coombe Junction during points change (special permission!)

Coombe Halt
Coombe Junction Halt from the bridge at Lower Lamellion (Coombe Junction down the line)

Lodge Farm crossing
The Lodge Farm crossing just down the Looe line from Coombe Junction

Trussel Bridge Looe line
The line from Trussel Bridge towards Looe

St Keyne Bridge
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
St Keyne Station (Wishing Well Halt)

Landlooe Bridge and old canal
The Landlooe Bridge with the arch over the old Liskeard and Looe Union Canal in the foregraound

Causeland Station and train
Causeland Station and a Super-Sprinter leaving for Liskeard

Causeland Station
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.

Causeland Station and 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...

See the Moorswater Section & Viaduct for images of the old mineral line
that continues on up from Coombe Junction to the old Moorswater China Clay
processing works, passing under the Moorswater Viaduct.


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