West Cornwall Railway

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The West Cornwall Railway was a railway company in Cornwall, England, United Kingdom, formed in 1846 to operate the existing Hayle Railway between Hayle and Redruth and extend the railway to Penzance and Truro.

The West Cornwall Railway was leased to the Great Western Railway, Bristol and Exeter Railway and South Devon Railway in 1866 which resulted in direct services to London from Penzance for the first time after a third rail for the broad gauge had been added to the existing standard gauge tracks, making them mixed gauge.

Following the amalgamation of 1876 the Great Western Railway was the sole lessee until the nationalisation of British Railways on 1 January 1948. The broad gauge was disused, and lifted, after 20 May 1892 when the line reverted fully to standard gauge.


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