But all this history did leave Bodmin with two stations. The LSWR terminus (Bodmin North) ...
... has gone completely. But Bodmin's stations thus had a real hotch-potch of little used services.
The "link" line (GWR on old map above) joined the LSWR line at Boscarne Junction ...
... but there was originally no station.
... while there was one small platform at a more normal height on the line to Bodmin Genera. There was no shelter, no public access, no tickets, and initially no lighting.
Brand new gas (oil?) lighting was later added. Services to Bodmin North ceased in 1966/7. The Heritage station is far better appointed than its venerable predecessor!
Trains follow a sharply curved route round from "General" station the southern edge of Bodmin ...
... before coming to rest at the quaint little terminus.
The footpath and cycleway alongside the station is part of the Camel Trail which uses much of the tracked between Wadebrodge, Boscarne and Wenfordbridge. Below, we look back towards the former Dunmere Halt ...
... where the freight line diverged and the platform still stands.
But not the tin shelter!
What is a GWR shelter doing on an LSWR station, eh?
Remember Mrs fbb and chum were not impressed with the superfluity of undergrowth on the line to Bodmin Parkway? On this "branch", the aspect, looking out into the valley of one of the many tributaries of the River Camel, was much more open.
And what was a certain lady up to?
The Heritage line has a long term aspiration to reach Wadebridge and you can but wish them well. It seems unlikely that fbb will be on the first train along the re-opened section!
No station remains at Wadebridge, but at least the new road has an appropriate name ...
... Southern Way!!