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Record success for Bodmin and Wenford

The Bodmin and Wenford Railway has notched up a third successive record-breaking year.

Passenger numbers are up and turnover at an all time high. After the last train, the Mince Pie Special, had returned to Bodmin General Station on New Year’s Eve, the BWR had recorded its best ever results in a calendar year. A total of 55,789 passengers marked an increase of 6.6 per cent on 2010 which itself was a record year.

Achieving such impressive results for the second consecutive year is a major milestone for the railway and its staff, the majority of whom are volunteers. The good news marks a fitting finale to its 25th anniversary year.

The preserved line started in June 1986. In December 2011 alone, over 5,300 people travelled on the Railway’s Santa by Steam and Mince Pie Specials, 7.9% more than in the same month last year. The 6½-mile line between Bodmin Parkway and Boscarne Junction was originally opened in 1887-88. Passenger services ceased in January 1967.

‘The success of the 2011 season is a further tribute to all our staff, both paid and volunteer, who have worked extremely hard throughout the year to present a caring and professional image to our visitors. We are all naturally delighted that 2011 has again been our best year ever with a record number of passengers and turnover, and are extremely grateful to everyone who has supported us this year,’ says Richard Jones, General Manager of the BWR.


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