Two decades of change at Penmere Station
TWENTY years ago a group of railway enthusiasts started work on a neglected station in Falmouth with the idea of returning it to its former glory.
Last week the Friends of Penmere Station gathered on the revamped Truro-to-Falmouth branch line platform to mark the group's anniversary with a small ceremony.
Apprentices of Pendennis Shipyard in Falmouth handed over a newly constructed members' bench to the group, which was overseen by fabrications manager Anthony Job.
The bench was designed, built and painted as a working project by the apprentices, and has a plaque included, marking two decades of effort of the small railway community group.
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Honourable chairman Steve Lloyd said: "I think it can be said in no uncertain terms that the transformation since 1993 has been amazing, carried out with a lot of hard work, enthusiasm and with the tremendous support of the local community, local rail partnership and industry."
Over the past 20 years, planters and tubs have been added to the station platform, along with benches, and a railway-style wheel seat in the car park.
In 2010 the station was repainted in the original colours of the old Great Western Railway, chocolate and cream. A new garden engine, aptly named Pendennis, was also installed at the station. Over the years the Friends group has raised funds through open days and exhibition events for renovation projects, making it possible for the group to scoop a number of national and local Best Kept Station awards.
"The station and its environs are ever-changing, but not so the enthusiasm and hard work of the Friends," said Mr Lloyd.
"Pay us a visit sometime."
The group also recently took part in the celebrations marking the 150th anniversary of the Maritime Line.