During the ‘close’ season those who have been following the site will have seen how much of the planned maintenance and renewal work has been achieved. With the new ‘Season’ now upon the LSR with the opening on Wednesday 12th April for the Easter week (all opening times on the main home page), now is the time to update you on the other LSR activities.
Three engines will be available – Covertcoat, Dorothea and Lilian and ‘in steam’ at some point, but normally only one engine each day. As you ride the line you will notice that during the winter considerable ‘positive management’ has occurred with the clearance of lineside trees to provide an even better view of the beautiful Kensey Valley, and to allow the wild flowers a chance to thrive. Right now all the spring flowers are at their best, with bluebells just appearing, and the blend of yellows, greens and blues really stresses the gem that the valley floor offers. The lambs and other wildlife are enjoying the sun in the glorious Cornish countryside.
The ‘Station Buffet’ will again be open every day that the railway is operating. It specialises in offering a wide range of ‘goodies’ many sourced locally and with a menu designed to cater for all ages. This year it will be Trish who will be ‘manning the stove’ at the start of the season. Shirley will be in charge of the ‘Shop’ again, where you will find many items of interest to both young and the not so young. New stock is arriving all the time, so please do ask if there is something that you cannot find readily.
At some time during your visit do allow enough time to visit the revamped Museum. Not only for the all the motor vehicles (cars and motorcycles) and other stationary engines, but especially this year there will be the opportunity to see a real ‘work in progress’ restoration project. Nigel is undertaking a ‘refurbishment restoration’ to the 1926 Austin 7 car that he has owned for almost 60 years, and which for the last 30 years has been ‘hibernating’ – as the whole LSR project ‘just got in the way’.