Lostwithiel and Fowey Railway

Lostwithiel And Fowey Railway

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The Lostwithiel and Fowey Railway opened in 1869 as a broad gauge railway and links the port of Fowey in Cornwall with the Cornish Main Line at Lostwithiel. Its main traffic has always been china clay.



  • 1862 Lostwithiel and Fowey Railway Act
  • 1869 Line opened
  • 1874 Cornwall Minerals Railway opens from Par to Fowey
  • 1880 Service suspended
  • 1892 Lostwithiel and Fowey Railway Company dissolved
  • 1895 Reopened by Cornwall Minerals Railway
  • 1968 Par to Fowey line closed


An independent company began negotiations with the Cornwall Railway in 1861 with an aim to build a branch line from that railway at Lostwithiel to deep water at Fowey. The route would run alongside the River Fowey and so would have gentle gradients and few engineering problems apart from some bridges across small tributary rivers, and new quays at Carne Point, just outside Fowey.

An Act of Parliament was obtained on 30 June 1862 and the line was opened on 1 June 1869. There were close links with the Newquay and Cornwall Junction Railway; some directors and officers served both companies, and offices were in a shared building at Par.Bradshaw's Railway Manual, Shareholders' Guide and Directory. (1871).

The opening of a rival route from Par by the Cornwall Minerals Railway on 1 June 1874 led to a price war. The Lostwithiel and Fowey Railway suspended traffic from 1 January 1880. The line was leased to the Cornwall...
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