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The Newquay Branch and its Branches

The Newquay Branch and its Branches

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The Newquay Branch and its Branches chronicles over 150 years of Cornish railway history, from the days of Joseph Treffry, who owned and built tramways, canals and harbours, to the present day diesel operations of British Rail.

The area of mid Cornwall between Fowey on the south coast and Newquay on the north coast has a remarkably varied topography. The china clay industry and other early mining activities were responsible for the establishment of not only the primary branch but an entire network of railways, sidings and sub branches. Some were constructed specifically for conveying china clay and have never had a passenger service. Conversely the coming of the railway to Newquay resulted in a minor port becoming a popular holiday resort, with hectic railway activity in the summer months.

New branches and sidings were constructed in the Edwardian era and beyond, but since the depression of the late 1920s, there has been nothing but contraction and rationalisation. Changing holiday patterns and modes of transport have taken their toll even on the holiday traffic, although happily, High Speed Trains still pick their way along the mainly single track and partly weed-covered Newquay branch. A few of the clay lines remain with modern trains now hauling in two or three loads what was once the annual output of some clay works!

This volume includes not only the New-quay branch from Fowey and Par, but the Chacewater to Newquay line, the Drinnick Mill branch, Retew branch and Goonbarrow branch as well as the short lines to Ponts Mill, Carbis, Wheal Rose, Gravel Hill, Newquay Harbour and all sidings from these lines. There is a detailed description of the original tramways and the remarkable net-work of lines in the Luxulyan Valley area.

John Vaughan is well known as a modern traction railway photographer specialising in the Duchy of Cornwall. He has many books to his credit including West Country Clay Trains published by OPC in 1987. This is his first publication since that date, much of the intervening period having been taken up with considerable historical research and further study of contemporary rail operations in Cornwall.

Hardback with dust jacket, 192 pages, black & white photographs, maps

ISBN: 9780860934707

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