An Illustrated History of the North Cornwall Railway
The North Cornwall Railway is slipping from memory, for over fifty years have passed since the last trains ran between Okehampton and Padstow. It was not photographed very much, and, with every train seemingly a Drummond T9 and two coaches, not much used either! Despite this, between 1879 and 1966 the line brought merchandise and coal, taking away fish, cattle, meat and rabbits in quantity. Country people used the train to Ex-eter, and even ventured to London. Menfolk went to the two great wars, many not to return. Another view of it altogether was taken by London holiday makers who arrived in great numbers from the 1920s onwards, drawn to the coves and beaches from Boscastle to Rock and from Padstow to Porthcothnan.
The North Cornwall would never have existed without the backing of the London & South Western Railway. The latter left it as a separate concern, though it supplied the trains and staff to work it. From 1923 it ceased to pay dividends on absorption into the Southern Railway and thenceforward the line took a share in whatever modernisation could be afforded, mostly track, signals and new coaches for the holiday traffic. Even after the arrival of the West Country 4-6-2s in 1947 places like Tresmeer were still lit by oil lamps. They were still there in 1964 when the diesel railcars arrived...
Hardback, 152 pages, black & white photographs
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