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Celebrating 60 years: Launceston Railway Circle

Launceston Railway Circle is to celebrate its 60th anniversary with a special event at Launceston Steam Railway this October.

Since 1963, Launceston Railway Circle has provided gatherings for keen local railway enthusiasts and provided learning opportunities and days out to discover more about the UK’s infamous railway heritage.


On Sunday, 22nd October, the Circle will be celebrating its 60th anniversary with an exciting event at Launceston Steam Railway, inviting its 30 members and some special guests to ride on a coach behind a locomotive before tucking into a delicious cream tea in the cafe.


In October 1963, it was local man Lloyd Goodman who put out a request in the paper to see if there were any likeminded train enthusiasts who would like to form a group, and, with many responses, Launceston Railway Circle was born.


The Circle was delighted to see steam return to Launceston in 1983 when the Launceston Steam Railway opened, the station having moved to the other side of St Thomas Road. The Circle invites anyone with an interest in trains to become a member. Chairman Les Whaley told Launceston Life: “I’ve always been a fan of trains.When I was a boy living in Plymouth in the 1960s, I would spend some holiday time at Laria Steam Engine Sheds and Plymouth and Friary Stations. In later life I went on to heritage and model railways.”


For more information about Launceston Railway Circle, contact Roger on 01566 779896 or Les on 07972333202.

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