Lostwithiel railway station

Lostwithiel railway station serves the town of Lostwithiel in Cornwall, England. It is 277 miles (446 km) from London Paddington via Bristol Temple Meads. Great Western Railway operates the station along with every other station in Cornwall.

Lostwithiel National Rail
2009 at Lostwithiel station - up platform.jpg
Local authorityCornwall
Coordinates50°24′25″N 4°39′57″W / 50.40700°N 4.66577°W / 50.40700; -4.66577Coordinates: 50°24′25″N 4°39′57″W / 50.40700°N 4.66577°W / 50.40700; -4.66577
Grid referenceSX106597
Station codeLOS
Managed byGreat Western Railway
Number of platforms2
DfT categoryF1
Live arrivals/departures, station information and onward connections
from National Rail Enquiries
Annual rail passenger usage*
2014/15Decrease 68,240
2015/16Decrease 67,472
2016/17Increase 72,530
2017/18Decrease 70,348
2018/19Decrease 66,624
Original companyCornwall Railway
Pre-groupingGreat Western Railway
Post-groupingGreat Western Railway
1869Fowey branch opened
1880Fowey branch closed
1895Fowey branch reopened
1965Fowey branch closed to passengers
National RailUK railway stations
* Annual estimated passenger usage based on sales of tickets in stated financial year(s) which end or originate at Lostwithiel from Office of Rail and Road statistics. Methodology may vary year on year.

The station is on the banks of the River Fowey in Cornwall. At the east end of the station is a level crossing while at the west end the line is carried over the river, beyond which is the junction for the Fowey branch which is now used by china clay trains only. Between the station and the river stand the remains of the Cornwall Railway workshops, converted and extended in 2004 as a housing development.

Lostwithiel's famous medieval bridge is just outside the station, with the town on the opposite bank of the river.

The main entrance is on the platform served by trains to Plymouth, this is the platform nearest the town. A second platform for trains to Penzance is reached from the level crossing. For the InterCity 125 trains that serve the station, just 4 on the Penzance platform and 3 on the Plymouth platform out of 8 carriages are able to fit onto the platform. In this case, coaches L, K, F, E (and D on the Plymouth platform) all remain locked due to the short platform.


The station opened with the Cornwall Railway on 4 May 1859. A report at the time claimed that it "is generally admitted to be the handsomest station on the line, and looks as gay and bright as fresh paint can make it. It consists, first, of a departure station, a wooden building covered by rusticated boarding, having a projecting verandah, extending eight feet on each side of the carriage approaches, and extending over the railway platform. This contains a spacious first class waiting room, second class ditto, ticket, and other necessary offices, and conveniences. Immediately opposite to this, is the arrival station, which is also of wooden erection, having spacious waiting rooms, and porter and lamp rooms. The roof also projects over the platform in a similar way to that of the departure station. A short distance lower down the line is a convenient goods shed, 75 feet long by 42 feet span of roof. Near to the departure station is the train shed, 100 feet long, in which, in addition to the engines employed on the line, it is intended to contain first, second, and third class carriages, in order to meet any extra requirements that may at any time arise."[1]

The workshops had been established during the construction of the railway to prepare the timber needed for the wooden viaducts, stations and track. It expanded to also maintain the carriages and wagons of the railway and was retained for some years by the Great Western Railway when the two companies amalgamated on 1 July 1889.[2]

The Lostwithiel and Fowey Railway opened for goods traffic on 1 June 1869. A more direct route from Par to Fowey stole most of the traffic and the trains from Lostwithiel were suspended on 1 January 1880. The Cornwall Railway subsequently leased a part of the line to store rolling stock. The line was reopened by the Cornwall Minerals Railway on 16 September 1895 for both goods and passengers. The passenger service was withdrawn on 4 January 1965 but the line remains open to carry china clay to the jetties at Fowey.

Sidings on the east side of the level crossing came into use on 30 April 1932 to handle milk train traffic from a new Nestle milk factory. It was later sold to Cow & Gate.

The Great Western Railway was nationalised into British Railways from 1 January 1948 which in turn was privatised in the 1990s. British Railways demolished the original station buildings and replaced them with a new booking office[3] on the platform nearest the town, although these are no longer needed. A signal box is situated on the other platform to control the signals and level crossing.

Signal boxEdit

Status: Open, Signal Box Code: LL
The box is situated at the Northern end of Platform 1. Since the Bodmin Road Signal Box was closed, the sidings at Bodmin Parkway connecting to the Bodmin and Wenford Railway are controlled by this box at Lostwithiel.


Lostwithiel is situated on the Cornish Main Line which links Penzance and Plymouth. Most trains are operated by Great Western Railway with some running through to or from Newquay or London Paddington station. A limited number of additional services are provided by a CrossCountry to or from the North of England and Scotland.[4]

Preceding station   National Rail Following station
Par   Great Western Railway
Cornish Main Line
  Bodmin Parkway
Par   CrossCountry
Cornish Main Line
  Bodmin Parkway


  1. ^ West Briton and Cornwall Advertiser, Railway Special Edition, 1859
  2. ^ Bennett, Alan (1988). The Great Western Railway in Mid Cornwall. Southampton: Kingfisher Railway Publications. ISBN 0-946184-53-4.
  3. ^ Beacham, Peter; Pevsner, Nikolaus (2014). The Buildings of England. Cornwall. Yale University Press. p. 327. ISBN 9780300126686.
  4. ^ "National Rail Timetable 135 (may 2015)" (PDF). Network Rail.

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