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.

Update – final drop-in day:

Our final drop-in day as part of the project will be on Wednesday 20th March from 10am-1pm at Liskeard Methodist Church Hall on Barn Street (map). Read more about the event in our flyer below. It would be great to see you there!

March drop-in day flyer

Project background:

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.

As part of the project we have held drop-in days in Looe and Liskeard. 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.

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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.