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Towns prepare to mark the 150th anniversary of railway's arrival

By Western Morning News  |  Posted: June 04, 2013

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Falmouth residents are preparing to celebrate a key landmark in the history of the town this summer.

On August 24, 1863, the railway link to the town was officially opened, bringing opportunities and communication routes which had a huge impact on the development of the area.

A range of events are being planned to celebrate the 150th anniversary, including a poster competition, commemorative train journey and an activity day on The Moor on Saturday, August 24 when visitors will be able to view an old steam engine and travel on a vintage bus.

Falmouth History Group will be hosting an exhibition at The Poly from August 19 to September 7, depicting how the railway developed, who was involved and how it changed the town. Visitors will be able to view archive photographs, examine model railways, find out about the lives of the navvies who built the railway and learn about its impact on the tourist industry.

The group is keen to hear from anyone who has stories to share or artefacts they would like to loan for the exhibition. They would particularly like to hear from people who worked on the line and their relatives and from those who have old station signs or other local railway memorabilia.

Events will be held along the line and Penryn Museum will also be mounting an exhibition about the railway. Carrick Ramblers are organising a series of guided walks.

Richard Burningham, manager of Devon & Cornwall Rail Partnership, which works to promote use of the line, said "Plans to celebrate 150 years of trains to Penryn and Falmouth are shaping up very well and lots of people are getting involved, which is great. At a time when the Maritime Line has its best ever service and is busier than it has been for decades, and possibly ever, the 150th anniversary celebrations will commemorate what an important role the railway plays and has played in the life of local people and the local economy over all these years."

For more information, visit www.falmouth.co.uk

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