Rail itineraries are a great way to inspire tourists. We’re keen to use them on the upcoming Scenic Rail Britain website. Here’s an example for tourists in London. We’ve aimed to make it detailed enough to be appealing (with handy links), but without specific times/fares which may change: St Ives Bay Line – example itinerary FROM LONDON: Take the high speed Great Western Railway train from London Paddington to Penzance. Read more
The Devon & Cornwall Rail Partnership was recognised in multiple categories at the annual Community Rail Awards held in Southport on 29th September 2016, and helped Great Western Railway to win the prestigious overall award. Organised by the Association of Community Rail Partnerships (ACoRP), the event saw the Partnership’s ‘Song for the Tamar Valley Line’ project win first place in the Community Art Schemes (Renewable and smaller projects) category. Read more
We’ve launched our annual review. It sets out the highlights and successes of the Devon & Cornwall Rail Partnership’s year so far. From South West Trains joining the partnership, to news of our latest innovative marketing and community projects, find out more by downloading the 16-page booklet (6MB). Read more
We were pleased to welcome more than 50 delegates from the South West and beyond to Plymouth University for the Devon & Cornwall Rail Partnership conference 2016. Held on Wednesday 7th September, the event brought together a wide range of organisations including friends of the station groups, rail and public transport user groups, Community Rail Partnerships, local authorities, train operating companies, Network Rail, the Department for Transport, the Association of Community Rail Partnerships, universities, bus operators, Travelwatch South West, Railfuture, Town and Parish Councils and more. Read more
Richard Burningham, Manager of the Devon & Cornwall Rail Partnership, has a guest opinion piece in September’s Railnews. The article sets out the great strides that Devon and Cornwall’s branch lines have made since 1991 when the Partnership began. It also explores how this success has been mirrored by the wider community rail sector nationwide, and the bright future ahead. Read more
Devon will be more widely promoted away from the county thanks to a new rail initiative as South West Trains joins the Devon & Cornwall Rail Partnership. The Plymouth University based non-profit partnership, one of the Country’s largest Community Rail Partnerships, works to promote and seek improvements to services and facilities on rural railway lines in the two counties. Read more
The Devon & Cornwall Rail Partnership has had six entries shortlisted for 2016’s national Community Rail Awards. The nominations are: A song for the Tamar Valley Line (Community Art Schemes – renewable and smaller projects) Linking two schools at either end of the beautiful Tamar Valley Line, this project aimed to broaden the horizons of the children involved by getting them out of the classroom and on to the train to create a song which captured the essence of the line and inspire the local population to visit too. Read more
This week we are launching a Facebook campaign to take our online marketing of the branch lines to the next level. We have developed a packed calendar of more than 50 posts to run over the next four months on our Great Scenic Railways Facebook page, including videos, quizzes, top tips, handy articles and great photography. Read more
A new information centre for travellers on the railway will open at Liskeard station on Monday 1st August 2016. The Looe Valley Line Information Centre will operate from rooms on platform 3 at Liskeard, the Looe Valley Line platform, and will feature a range of information about the local area, exhibition on the history of the line, railway books and souvenirs. Read more
We are always seeking new marketing avenues to promote Devon and Cornwall’s branch lines, and our first ever video advert has proved a big success – having been viewed by more than 10,000 Devon and Cornwall residents. The video – aimed at young families and focused on the sense of adventure that comes with a trip on the train – was extremely cost efficient. Read more
Devon and Cornwall’s scenic branch lines are to feature in a new national website (shown above) promoting the country’s community rail lines and heritage railways to tourists both at home and abroad, thanks to a £75,000 Government grant. The project – led by the Association of Community Rail Partnerships (ACoRP) and supported by the Plymouth University based Devon & Cornwall Rail Partnership – has been awarded funding from the Department for Transport’s Heritage and Community Rail Tourism Innovation Competition. Read more
We have created a new webpage to showcase the many scenic walks from Devon and Cornwall’s branch line stations. Over the years, the Devon and Cornwall Rail Partnership and partner organisations have amassed a wealth of leaflets and online walking guides to help people get out and about on the branch lines and enjoy the best of the two counties’ scenery on foot. Read more
We’re pleased to join our fellow Community Rail Partnerships along with regional and national partners at the annual GWR Community Rail Conference this week. Hosted in Yeovil by Great Western Railway and the Heart of Wessex Community Rail Partnership, the one-day conference provides the chance to learn from and network with organisations ranging from Rail User Groups to the Department for Transport and Network Rail. Read more
Mark Hopwood, MD of Great Western Railway (GWR), will be giving a lecture at Plymouth University next month. In the wake of weather-related service disruptions and questions over its long-term resilience, now is a critical time for the railway in the far South West. Read more
Three of the Partnership’s projects have been recognised at a national level at the 2015 Community Rail Awards, held at Torquay’s Riviera International Centre. In front of an audience of more than 330 rail industry staff and volunteers, the Partnership’s Great Scenic Railways won first prize in the Marketing category. Read more
CASE STUDY | Great Scenic Railways is the Partnership’s tourism-focused website, promoting the branch lines to more than 75,000 tourists and local day trippers each year.
CASE STUDY | Through our EU Citizens’ Rail project, we have participated in a pair of international student masterclasses to generate new ideas for the rail industry.
CASE STUDY | The Devon and Cornwall Rail Partnership runs regular Forum meetings on seven of the branch lines.
CASE STUDY | In 2011, a three-year project with the South West Coast Path was set up to promote accessing the coast path by train from branch line stations.