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Penzance Railway Station

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January 1955.

Penzance railway station serves the town of Penzance, Cornwall, UK.

The station is the western terminus of the 305.25 miles Cornish Main Line from London Paddington station. The current journey time to or from London is about five hours.

The station was opened by the West Cornwall Railway on 11 March 1852 as the terminus of its line from Redruth.

The wooden station was replaced by the current buildings in 1879.

Further alterations were made in 1937

In 1983 when new a ticket office and buffet were opened.

The arch that is blocked up in the wall that retains the hillside behind the platforms was used by the railway as a coal store. Freight traffic, especially the busy fish trade, was handled in a goods yard where the cars are now parked adjacent to the bus station. An engine shed was also situated here before being moved to the opposite side of the line near the end of the retaining wall.

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