Marazion railway station and Pullman coaches, Cornwall
A scene of desolation and dereliction in Cornwall.
Report by urban75 editor, August 2005
Returning to Marazion station, August 2005.
Despite the ominous digger in the foreground, it seems that the station building's future is secure.
I spoke to a workman on the site, and he told me that the area around the station was to be used for the building of five bungalows, with the station building remaining intact.
It seems that the owner of the site - who had waited several years for planning permission for the new homes - had taken a shine to the old station building and intended to fully restore it and live there.
Prudently, he'd specified triple-glazing for the track-facing windows!
The old booking hall. Note the ticket window.
A view of the station from the trackside. The platform was removed some time ago.
The doorless opening leads to what would have been the Gent's toilet.
Despite the station being closed for over forty years, the men's toilets were in a reasonable state!
A general view of the site showing the former location of the Pullman coaches.
A pair of builder's caravans can be seen in the distance.
Another view inside the main booking office room, looking east, showing the damaged roof.
Above the ticket window you can make out the holes where the station clock would have been affixed.
Behind me was an old coal fireplace that had long since had its (no doubt, attractive and valuable) cast iron surround stolen.
A view of the track facing frontage. The canopy has long since disappeared and the roof was missing tiles, but the brickwork looked in remarkably good condition - a testament to the original builders.
UPDATE AUGUST 2008
The station building has now been fully renovated, offering two bedrooms, central heating and a garden, and is on the market for £275,000.
(Thanks to Simon for the update)