Rail marathon calls in SE Cornwall

By Cornish Times in Transport

A couple have set out from Cornwall on a project to discover and promote Britain’s railways.

Vicki Pipe and Geoff Marshall plan to visit all 2,563 of the country’s train stations during their three-month journey.

Day two of their adventure saw them arrive in Liskeard having already travelled on some of the Cornish branchlines.

As Vicki and Geoff spoke to the Cornish Times, they were planning the following day’s first journey: a walk to the Coombe Junction Halt to request the Looe train.

Geoff, a railway enthusiast, was much taken with the Looe Valley Line’s platform and waiting room, a survivor of the cull of smaller stations that took place in the 1960s under Beeching.

‘Cornwall has got a lot of disused branchlines,’ he said. ‘It would be amazing if all those lines – and branchlines all over the country – were still in existence, because public transport is really important, and we need more of it.’

Vicki and Geoff will be documenting their trip, posting daily content on social media and producing weekly, professionally-edited short films for their YouTube channel, All The Stations. The culmination will be a feature-length documentary.

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