Camborne railway station

Camborne railway station serves the town of Camborne, Cornwall, England. The station is 313 miles (504 km) from London Paddington via Bristol Temple Meads. It is located on Trevu Road in the town, adjacent to a level crossing and the Railway Hotel.

National Rail
2013 at Camborne station - main building from the east.jpg
General information
LocationCamborne, Cornwall
Coordinates50°12′36″N 5°17′53″W / 50.210°N 5.298°W / 50.210; -5.298Coordinates: 50°12′36″N 5°17′53″W / 50.210°N 5.298°W / 50.210; -5.298
Grid referenceSW648396
Managed byGreat Western Railway
Other information
Station codeCBN
ClassificationDfT category E
Original companyHayle Railway
Pre-groupingGreat Western Railway
Post-groupingGreat Western Railway
Key dates
2016/17Decrease 0.262 million
2017/18Decrease 0.255 million
2018/19Increase 0.266 million
2019/20Increase 0.278 million
2020/21Decrease 0.118 million
Passenger statistics from the Office of Rail and Road

It has been in use since 1843 and is currently managed by Great Western Railway. Services are provided by GWR and CrossCountry.


The Hayle Railway opened on 23 December 1837. It was designed to move goods to and from local mines and the harbours at Hayle and Portreath but a passenger service started on 26 May 1843. The West Cornwall Railway took over the Hayle company on 3 November 1846. It extended the line westwards to Penzance railway station and opened a new, more convenient, Redruth railway station on 11 March 1852. Later that year the line was continued eastwards to a temporary station at Truro Highertown, and was completed to a station at Newham Wharf in 1855.[1]

The station buildings have been replaced by some in the style used by the Great Western Railway circa 1900. The railway was originally just a single track with a passing loop in the station. In 1895 a second line was laid to the east, and in 1900 to the west. Goods sidings were originally laid on both sides of the station, with a goods shed behind the westbound platform. The sidings on the north side of the station were removed in 1937 which allowed the eastbound platform to be lengthened. The sidings on the south side, along with the goods shed, were taken out of use in 1965 and this platform was also extended in 1980.[2]

Preceding station Historical railways Following station
Carn Brea   Great Western Railway
Cornish Main Line
  Gwinear Road


  • Mr. Rowe ca. 1853
  • Richard Rowe Youlden ca. 1871 - 1880[3]
  • Mr. Evans 1880[4]
  • George Edward Davies ca 1881 - 1889[5]
  • Lawrence C.W. Reed 1889 - 1905[6] (formerly station master at Helston, afterwards station master at Llanelly)
  • Frederick Henry Cowling 1905 - 1909
  • James William Marks 1909 - 1919 (formerly station master at Pewsey)
  • E.S. Prior 1919[7] - 1926 (formerly station master at Tavistock, afterwards station master at Falmouth)
  • W.H. Cowling 1926 - 1937[8]
  • T.C. Evans 1938 - 1948[9]
  • Arthur John Strong from 1948
  • Leslie Wilfred Gordon Mott 1953 - 1957[10]
  • Claude Peters 1957 - 1965[11]


Platform 1 is for westbound trains to Hayle, St Erth and Penzance. There is parking alongside this platform and at the end the car park is an old railway goods shed, although it is no longer used for its original purpose.[1] Platform 2 is served by eastbound trains to Truro, Plymouth and London.[12] The main station buildings are situated on platform 2, which is the one nearest the town centre. There is a small car park behind the station buildings, which contain a booking office, café and waiting room with toilets. A level crossing passes over the line at the east end of the two platforms.


Class 150 pairing at Camborne

Camborne is served by most Great Western Railway trains on the Cornish Main Line between Penzance and Plymouth with two trains per hour in each direction. Nine trains a day run through to London Paddington with eight trains returning from Paddington, nine on Fridays. This includes the Night Riviera overnight sleeping car service and the mid-morning Cornish Riviera.

CrossCountry operate three trains a day to and from Birmingham New Street with one continuing to Dundee and two to Glasgow Central. One train returns from Aberdeen and two from Glasgow Central; all via Birmingham New Street (on Sundays, there is one train to Edinburgh, one to Manchester Piccadilly and one to Leeds). CrossCountry also provide one service in each direction from Plymouth-Penzance.[13]

Preceding station   National Rail Following station
Hayle   Great Western Railway
Cornish Main Line
Cornish Main Line


Signals in the area are controlled by a signal box at Roskear Junction to the east of the town, where the signalman can oversee an adjacent level crossing. This was opened circa 1895 and contained 29 levers. The lever frame has been removed and the box now contains individual switches on the block shelf. Its signals are identified by the code letter 'R'.

A signal box at Camborne station had been built on the eastbound platform next to the level crossing in 1895 and but closed on 8 June 1970, since when the signalman at Roskear Junction has monitored the level crossing at Camborne by CCTV. The reason for retaining this signal box was that it also controlled the goods branch line to North Roskear, but this closed in July 1983.[14]


  1. ^ a b Jenkins, SC; Langley, RC (2002). The West Cornwall Railway. Usk: Oakwood Press. ISBN 0-85361-589-6.
  2. ^ Cooke, R A (1977). Track Layout Diagrams of the GWR and BR WR: Section 10, West Cornwall. Harwell: R A Cooke.
  3. ^ "1835-1910 Clerks Vol.5". Great Western Railway: 543. 1835. Retrieved 5 July 2021.
  4. ^ "Camborne". The Cornish Telegraph. England. 1 September 1880. Retrieved 5 July 2021 – via British Newspaper Archive.
  5. ^ "Camborne. The Station-Master Leaving". The Cornish Telegraph. England. 25 July 1889. Retrieved 5 July 2021 – via British Newspaper Archive.
  6. ^ "Presentation to Mr. L.C.W. Reed". Cornubian and Redruth Times. England. 3 June 1905. Retrieved 5 July 2021 – via British Newspaper Archive.
  7. ^ "Camborne's New Stationmaster". Cornishman. England. 18 June 1919. Retrieved 5 July 2021 – via British Newspaper Archive.
  8. ^ "Retired Camborne Station-Master". Cornishman. England. 9 December 1937. Retrieved 5 July 2021 – via British Newspaper Archive.
  9. ^ "Former Camborne Stationmaster". Cornishman. England. 26 February 1948. Retrieved 5 July 2021 – via British Newspaper Archive.
  10. ^ "Late Mr. L. Mott". West Briton and Cornwall Advertiser. England. 1 October 1959. Retrieved 5 July 2021 – via British Newspaper Archive.
  11. ^ "Station-Masters Retire at Camborne and Redruth". West Briton and Cornwall Advertiser. England. 2 September 1965. Retrieved 5 July 2021 – via British Newspaper Archive.
  12. ^ Jacobs, Gerald (2005). Railway Track Diagrams Book 3: Western. Bradford-on-Avon: Trackmaps. ISBN 0-9549866-1-X.
  13. ^ Table 51 & 135 National Rail timetable, May 2018
  14. ^ Pryer, GA. Signal Box Diagrams of the Great Western & Southern Railways, Volume 16: GWR Lines in West Cornwall. Weymouth: GA Pryer. ISBN 0-9532460-5-1.

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