GWR ‘PAGODA’ WAIT­ING SHEL­TER COM­PLETES TRUTHALL HALT

Steam Railway (UK) - - News Focus - The new GWR ‘pagoda’ hut at Truthall Halt, with its top half fit­ted but still await­ing the dec­o­ra­tive roof cap­ping.

Main­land Bri­tain’s most southerly pre­served sta­tion – Truthall Halt on the Hel­ston Rail­way – has re­gained a GWR ‘pagoda’ wait­ing shel­ter. Just over 55 years af­ter the Hel­ston branch closed to pas­sen­gers in Novem­ber 1962, the new-build hut – con­structed by vol­un­teers to the orig­i­nal de­sign – was de­liv­ered and craned into place by Carn View Com­mer­cials on De­cem­ber 4. One mile south of the Hel­ston Rail­way’s Tre­varno head­quar­ters, Truthall Halt is the only orig­i­nal sta­tion on the branch that the pre­served line can reopen, and has thus been re­built as closely as pos­si­ble to its orig­i­nal ap­pear­ance. Its first pas­sen­ger train ar­rived on March 16 2017 – a brake van pro­pelled by a Rus­ton diesel shunter. Steam will fol­low once Peck­ett 0-4-0ST Wil­liam Mur­doch (on loan from the GWR Preser­va­tion Group at Southall) is back in ser­vice, fol­low­ing boiler re­pairs. HEL­STON RAIL­WAY

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