Looe Valley Line

New Looe Valley Line Heritage Centre to be set up at Liskeard station

18th April 2019
£40,000 funding from Great Western Railway’s Customer & Communities Improvement Fund will see a new Looe Valley Line Heritage Centre created at Liskeard station, following a successful bid by the Devon & Cornwall Rail Partnership. The centre will be established in three rooms on Platform 3 at Liskeard station, currently used by the Partnership as a summer information point and shop. Read more

More seats on Looe trains

9th April 2019
Looe Valley Line train at Terras Bridge
There are more seats on the scenic Looe Valley Line which links Liskeard and Looe.  All trains will now be formed of two coaches throughout the year, instead of a single coach outside of the peak Summer holidays. The two coach trains have all been recently refurbished by train company GWR and have free Wi-Fi, power sockets, space for wheelchairs and buggies and a toilet which has been adapted for use by the disabled. Read more

Celebrating the heritage of the Looe Valley Line

2nd April 2019
Steam train at Looe station with polaroids of participants in Looe Valley Line heritage project
We’re excited to be holding a premiere evening on Friday 26th April to show off the fantastic songs and films created as part of the Looe Valley Line heritage project. It’s a free event, but booking is required on our Eventbrite page: Book tickets The project has been funded by Great Western Railway’s Customer and Communities Improvement Fund and the Designated Community Rail Development Fund, a joint initiative of the Department for Transport and ACoRP, the Association of Community Rail Partnerships. Read more

CCTV and signage improvements on the Looe Valley Line

9th November 2018
Welcome to the Looe Valley Line sign
CCTV cameras have been installed at Looe Railway Station as part of a project which has also seen improvements to signs and posterboards there and at Sandplace and Liskeard stations.

New heritage project on the Looe Valley Line

18th October 2018
Farewell to steam group photo on the Looe Valley Line - courtesy of Paula Arthur
We are pleased to have secured funding for an exciting project to explore and bring to life the rich and varied heritage of the Looe Valley Line. Over the next six months we will be working with the community to tell the story of the Looe Valley Line and its effect on local people and the landscape. Read more

Get our free live departures apps

18th July 2018
Devon app screenshot set against backdrop of train on Dawlish coastal route
GWR has funded a pair of DCRP live departure apps to allow passengers to check their train on their phone before they arrive at the station. The apps (one for Devon stations, one for Cornwall stations) are closely based on a similar app from TransWilts Community Rail Partnership. Read more

New Saltash hoardings promote branch line destinations

10th July 2018
richard-burningham-and-richard-bickford-with-station-hoardings
Promotional hoardings highlighting Cornwall’s branch line destinations have gone up around Saltash station building as the latest step towards the building’s eagerly awaited revamp. The 33-metre boards promote beauty spots including Calstock, Looe and St Ives as well as the redevelopment of the station building. Read more

Quartet of branch line videos

20th October 2017
Four students look out of the train window on the Tarka Line (screenshot from video)
In response to the growing importance of video marketing, the Devon & Cornwall Rail Partnership has produced a series of short films to showcase the South West’s scenic branch lines. The videos – all under 90 seconds long – have been promoted through targeted Facebook advertising, reaching hundreds of thousands of people and garnering an extremely positive response. Read more

Carbon Reduction Challenge

15th June 2017
CASE STUDY | The Carbon Reduction Challenge was an inter-schools competition to encourage local schools to swap car journeys for train journeys to reduce their carbon footprint.

Facebook campaign to promote branch lines reaches 390,000 people

19th December 2016
The Partnership has completed a four-month Facebook advertising campaign to raise the profile of the branch lines and inspire people to take day trips by train. Concluding last week, it reached more than 390,000 people and helped to double traffic to our Great Scenic Railways website. Read more

Partnership recognised at national awards

3rd October 2016
The Devon & Cornwall Rail Partnership was recognised in multiple categories at the annual Community Rail Awards held in Southport on 29th September 2016, and helped Great Western Railway to win the prestigious overall award. Organised by the Association of Community Rail Partnerships (ACoRP), the event saw the Partnership’s ‘Song for the Tamar Valley Line’ project win first place in the Community Art Schemes (Renewable and smaller projects) category. Read more

The Munchtime Express

4th September 2016
CASE STUDY | Local restaurants gain great publicity and the chance to interact with potential customers face-to-face thanks to our annual Munchtime Express campaign. Read more

Partnership shortlisted in six categories of national awards

10th August 2016
The Devon & Cornwall Rail Partnership has had six entries shortlisted for 2016’s national Community Rail Awards. The nominations are: A song for the Tamar Valley Line (Community Art Schemes – renewable and smaller projects) Linking two schools at either end of the beautiful Tamar Valley Line, this project aimed to broaden the horizons of the children involved by getting them out of the classroom and on to the train to create a song which captured the essence of the line and inspire the local population to visit too. Read more

Celebrating the heritage of the Looe Valley Line

21st April 2016
We’re proud to be a partner in what is shaping up to be a fantastic event on the Looe Valley Line this Saturday (23 April 2016). As part of the Loop the Loop project, platform 3 at Liskeard station will be transformed with a pop-up library and bookshop, heritage films, mural drawing (with a cartoonist from The Beano no less) and more. Read more

Promoting earlier Sunday services to Looe

30th March 2016
We’re promoting the earlier start of Sunday services from Liskeard to Looe and our Easter Bunny visited Looe station to launch the improved service. We sent the picture to the press and it made page 3 of the main local paper, the Cornish Times. Read more

Return of the teddies

16th February 2016
Our ‘Take your teddy on the train’ promotion returns this half-term, giving accompanied children free travel on the Tamar Valley, Looe Valley and Maritime lines if they bring a teddy with them. The concept was trialled in 2015 to great success, with busy trains packed with families. Read more

Rail Ale Trails

15th January 2016
CASE STUDY | With widespread pub closures an issue of national concern, the Devon and Cornwall Rail Partnership supports nearly a hundred real ale pubs through our Rail Ale Trail scheme.

New Great Western Railway timetables – Looe Sunday trains to start at Easter

7th December 2015
The Looe Valley Line, the scenic branch line which links Looe and Liskeard, will see Sunday trains from Easter Sunday next year, 27 March, almost two months earlier than before. With the earlier extension of the Sunday service to the end of October, this means that in 2016, the Looe Valley Line will have more trains on more Sundays than at any time for decades. Read more

Munchtime Express fully booked in record time

1st November 2015
Our award-winning Munchtime Express project goes from strength to strength, with this year’s events fully booked a week before the programme has even begun. The project sees local restaurants serving up taster lunches on the Looe Valley Line to drum up new business and encourage more people to take the train at a quiet time of year. Read more

Great Scenic Railways website

3rd October 2015
CASE STUDY | Great Scenic Railways is the Partnership’s tourism-focused website, promoting the branch lines to more than 75,000 tourists and local day trippers each year.