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St Erth

Collected date 22/05/05

St Erth sign

St Erth is the last stop on the Great Western main line before Penzance, and its main purpose is to be the junction for the branch to St Ives. However, we visited on a Sunday evening when branch line trains were not running; the place was deserted.

The station building from the entrance to the car park:

St Erth station building

The entrance to the station building, closed when we visited:

St Erth station building

To the rear of the station building is the bay platform for the St Ives line. Platform 3 is on the left; to the right is a siding:

St Erth platform 3

The station building's side abuts platform 2, and results in a strange gap in the canopy on that platform:

St Erth platform 2 canopy gap

Platform 2, looking east:

St Erth, platform 2

The whole station, looking from the eastern end. The branch platform to the right is slightly lower than the main line platform to the left, and the canopy is unusually slanted:

St Erth platforms 1-3

The two sides of the main line are linked with a footbridge, seen here from platform 1:

St Erth footbridge St Erth footbridge

The station is very well maintained, and the western end of platform 1 has numerous planters and a bench. The plaque on the bench says it is "provided by the rail industry", which is surely what you'd assume for a station facility!

St Erth west end of station

To the east of the footbridge and shelter on platform 1 is this small building, locked and marked "Private":

St Erth platform 1 building

Looking at the junction, and St Erth signal box which controls it, from the eastern end of platform 1:

St Erth junction and signals

Looking east from the footbridge:

St Erth, looking east

Looking west from the footbridge:

St Erth, looking west