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Operation Trevithick

MPKC and its phase 1 development, “Operation Trevithick,” will shine a light on the world of engineering and construction, opening people’s eyes to the practical world of making things, planning, problem-solving, building, and working together. MPKC will motivate people to explore career paths and opportunities that are possible with engineering, practical trades and emerging technologies. It will also harness the incredible stories of historic Cornish engineers and innovators to inspire this interest and explain many technical principals using a hands-on, practical approach to learning.  

Operation Trevithick will establish MPKC’s initial facilities at the heart of Cornwall. It is centred around the restoration of a dilapidated steam locomotive turntable and a redundant part of the DB Cargo rail freight depot in St Blazey.  Restoration of the turntable and the creation of a servicing facility for steam locomotives running on the mainline will provide opportunities for learning a range of practical STEM (Science Technology, Engineering and Maths) and construction industry skills. In addition, it will provide important economic benefits to the whole of Cornwall by providing the facilities required to operate steam trains on the mainline rail network throughout the Duchy and beyond.

The project will include:

  • Clearing the existing site of vegetation and debris – basic team-working skills;
  • Restoration of the Grade 2* listed Turntable – engineering, fabrication, painting, etc;
  • Upgrade existing buildings – Construction, environmental technology and maintenance skills
  • Repair of engineering plant to be used on-site – engineering and maintenance skills.

Further Projects

Flying Scotsman Steams In!

Flying Scotsman Steams In!

Flying Scotsman, the world’s most famous steam locomotive, will be the guest of honour at the formal launch of an exciting new rail engineering project in St Blazey on 30th April that could help revive the town’s and Cornwall’s economy. Currently celebrating its...

Lessons that Last a Lifetime

Lessons that Last a Lifetime

Why is skills training so important? St Blazey and several other communities in Cornwall are amongst the UK’s 10% of most deprived areas. MPKC’s objective is to help alleviate local poverty and support social and economic regeneration by providing practical training...