The Centenary Celbration of the Bere Alston – Gunnislake – Callington railway. Sunday 2 March 2008 saw the centenary of the Bere Alston – Gunnislake -Callington railway, 100 years of trains between Bere Alston and Gunnislake and the first train over its spectacular highlight, the Calstock Viaduct which links Devon & Cornwall across the Tamar.
This centenary was celebrated with a weekend packed full of events on the Tamar Valley Line trains, on Plymouth, Bere Alston, Calstock & Gunnislake stations and in the communities surrounding the railway.
As part of the centenary a website (www.station2station.co.uk) has been created to capture the stories, memories and images of the communities around and travelling on the Tamar Valley Line. The website celebrates the history and importance of this vital network link by recording and sharing these experiences.
The aim of the website was:
to create a lasting legacy for the Centenary
to create a dynamic archive for the community
to provide a focal point for discussion of the Bere Alston – Gunnislake railway
to link communities through stories, images and audio
to share memories across the immediate community and the rest of the world
to create a collaborative online environment for further projects
Station to Station is an ongoing cultural project operating at the intersection of the community, art, and life around the Tamar Valley Line. It set out to encourage dialogue and reflection on the history and importance of the railway as a means of establishing communication, exchange and travel, and will create an opportunity to celebrate and document a 100 years of rail travel.
The project was developed through a close partnership between the communities around the Tamar Valley Line and the following partners:
Bere Ferrers and Calstock Parish Councils, Cornish Mining World Heritage Site, Devon and Cornwall Rail Partnership, Tamar Valley AONB, University of Plymouth, i-DAT, and West Devon Borough Council. Further support and sponsorship was secured
from Cornish Mining World Heritage Site, First Great Western, Pyramid Production and Network Rail.