Celebrating the heritage of the Looe Valley Line

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. We will research local memories of the line and develop:

  • A mobile phone app to act as a heritage companion to a trip on the line
  • A series of videos exploring the history of the line
  • A new section of our website to showcase vintage photos, stories and more
  • Interpretation boards at stations along the line
  • A creative project with school children to engage them in the history of their local railway

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.

Community drop-in days

As part of the project we are holding drop-in days in Looe and Liskeard.

Looe – this Friday

Join us at the Millpool Centre, West Looe from 10.30am to 12.30pm on Friday 5th December 2018.

We would welcome passengers, rail staff and others to come along with physical items – photos, old papers, publicity material or other artefacts – and memories from years gone by of the Looe Valley Line. We will be able to scan or photograph the objects on the day so that they do not need to be left with us.


The Liskeard day was on Wednesday 31st October 2018 at Liskeard Methodist Church Hall. We heard some fantastic local anecdotes about the line and recorded them as part of the project. People also kindly brought in a range of rail artefacts for us to photograph, ranging from family snaps to a season ticket that was more than a century old.

Photo: Liskeard drama group marking the end of steam trains on the Looe Valley Line in September 1961 at Liskeard station. Courtesy of Paula Arthur.