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Written by Mark Bearton - 10 Nov 2004
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Location notes
Lostwithiel is on the West of England Main Line between Bodmin Parkway and St. Austell. It is a small town set in countryside.
Railway type and traffic
There are regular services provided by Great Western and Wessex Trains with Virgin and Arriva Trains Wales which bring 158s, 220s and HSTs to the area.
There is also a nightly sleeper service and a variety of freight, most notable of which is the China Clay Workings to and from Fowey Docks.
Lostwithiel station is a pleasant, quiet station on the edge of the town.
Road directions
Lostwithiel is on the A390 which leaves the A381 west of Liskeard and continues to St. Austell. Turn left on the main street and most roads will take you down to the station.

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Lostwithiel map co-ordinates
There is car parking at the station.
Public transport
There is generally one train per hour stopping at Lostwithiel though some of the longer distance services do miss it out.

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There are a few shops in the town which is 5-10 minutes walk away.
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Photographic notes
The light at the station is best in the morning for eastbound trains entering the station. There is a good range of semaphore signals and the signal box is on the platform.
Shots of trains heading west are poor. Mid-morning there is usually a China Clay working to Fowey. This passes through the station from the west and runs round in the loop to the east before returning west down the branch. It is possible to photograph the train entering the station before driving to the famous location at Golant, which is only a couple of miles away, to again photograph it next to the river on the branch.

General views - All photographs © Mark Bearton unless otherwise stated
Fig 1 - Looking south west

Fig 1 - Looking south west

Fig 2 - Looking north - Photo by Brian Carter

Fig 2 - Looking north - <i>Photo by Brian Carter</i>

From the east side of the level crossing at around 16.00 in June, standing on steps and using a 135mm lens.

Fig 3 - Looking north - Photo by Brian Carter

Fig 3 - Looking north - <i>Photo by Brian Carter</i>

The same view with a 200mm lens.

Fig 4 - Looking north - Photo by Brian Carter

Fig 4 - Looking north - <i>Photo by Brian Carter</i>

From the down platform using a telephoto lens.
Note the signaller abouot to hand over the train staff for the Fowey branch.

Fig 5 - Looking north - Photo by Brian Carter

Fig 5 - Looking north - <i>Photo by Brian Carter</i>

From the up platform, with a train passing the signalbox, taken late in the afternoon.

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