Train World at Mevagissey (on the South Cornwall Coast)

Earlier this year we were on holiday in England. We were lucky enough to be able to stay at a cottage at Polzeath on the north coast of Cornwall – which is the county at the far south west corner of England. Sister Karen and her daughter Yasmin came to visit so a day trip was mooted. But to where? Mevagissey? Never been there. Fine by me.

The first order of the day was brekkers. We toddled round the corner to the local bakery which, we knew, served latte. That settled the beverage but what to eat?

Date slices and look at them there cakiepoos down below

Date slices and look at them there cakiepoos down below

I was rudely told that that section was for elevenses and we would have elevenses in Mevagissey. So how about ……

Mouth watering Croissants with Baked beans, banger and bacon

Mouth watering Croissants with Baked beans, banger and bacon

It was a tough choice but I finally settled for …….

Brekkers - a bacon butty

Brekkers – a bacon butty

Thirst and hunger satiated we set off across Cornwall. Cornish roads are, to say the least nerve wracking ……

This is a two way road - note the absence of a centre line or any line on the road

This is a two way road – note the absence of a centre line or any line on the road

Thanks to wife Sarah’s driving we arrived at Mevagissey in one piece. The first thing to do was find something to eat to calm my nerves. Saw a Grumpies van but couldn’t figure out where he/she had delivered the goodies.

Grumpies make delish baked goods

Grumpies make delish baked goods

As you can see Mevagissey streets are narrow so you park where you can which may not be adjacent to where you are delivering.

Mevagissay main street

Mevagissay main street

My foraging finally bore fruit in the form of an ice cream/chocolate shop …….. just look at what was on offer

The REAL reason for visiting Mevagissay

The REAL reason for visiting Mevagissay

Only one prob ……

Sign outside Ice Cream Store

Sign outside Ice Cream Store

Undeterred I emerged with choc AND cornish cream ice cream ….. oh man, heaven on earth. So as we are wandering around I see this:

Home of the Mevagissay World of Trains

Home of the Mevagissay World of Trains

A train museum in Mevagissey? You must be joking. Mevagissey has a population of 2,000 odd and it has a train museum.

What's inside

What’s inside

I swore to les girls that I absolutely had NO idea that there were trains in Mevagissey. They didn’t believe me even though it was the truth. So after a bit or argy bargy we went in. The world of trains was a very interesting collection of HO scale trains from countries all over the world. There some from countries which I made Sarah look up on her phone to see if they really did exist. The layouts were small but full of interesting detail …..

Looking down on a local market on an HO layout

Looking down on a local market on an HO layout

Town Recreation Centre including a maze

Town Recreation Centre including a maze

WWII celebration alongside Train Station

WWII celebration alongside Train Station

HOe layout

HOe layout

There were also some interesting odds and sods like this locomotive made of Meccano (the English version of an Erector set):

Train made from Meccono

Train made from Meccono

There were a couple of exquisite models like this one:

Town Hall and Marching Band

Town Hall and Marching Band

How about this diorama in a file case:

Interesting example of what a lot of Europeans do due to lack of space

Interesting example of what a lot of Europeans do due to lack of space

And then there were this dioramas built inside a chocolate box:

Diorama built in a Chocolate Box

Diorama built in a Chocolate Box

Second Diorama in a Chocolate Box

Second Diorama in a Chocolate Box

Third diorama built in a Chocolate Box

Third diorama built in a Chocolate Box

The girls finally dragged me out with the promise of a cream tea in the caff down by the quay …….