I spent a couple of hours there this afternoon to catch up with the latest developments. This week the Railway has won over a Quarter of a Million Pouns from the culture & recovery fund award to get the Heritage Railway back on track
Everyone there today was most helpful and it was nice to meet the former General Manager Roger Webster
Apologies for the late appearance of your picture.
I currently live in the old Tresmeer station house in Splatt Launceston.
We have two old concrete signs one that is still standing and one that is not up.
Both are in need of repair. I was wondering if you knew anyone that I could contact to get them to a state of repair as I think a few more winters and we may lose them. This would be a great shame as they are very old.
I thank you in advance and look forward to a reply
Kind regards, Wayne Smith
Ruthern Bridge branch
Last week Kier construction completed their works at Grogley waterlevels. A number of parishioners approached me with their concerns that some of the original sleepers were being removed.
I managed to contact the Kier project manager who advised the following..
This project has been to remove the existing reinforced concrete gauging station and associated granite blockstone walling from the River Camel as part of the wider river restoration programme to maintain the SSSI status.
The only granite we have removed are the walling stones from the Gauging Station. The blocks in the attached photograph are 9 blocks that were kept back especially to use to prevent future vehicular access to the track, owned by Mrs Parsons.
The historic railway line was the access point used for our works within the Forestry England land on the left hand bank. Prior to works we did install some hardcore in places to protect the historic sleepers and during the course of the works have regularly tended to the track to provide protection to any sleepers that have become exposed and ensure they were kept covered to prevent any damage.
Please be assured that no granite sleepers have been removed as a result of these works. I can also confirm that the environment agency’s own heritage officer has been consulted throughout the works and the potential impact on the historic railway and canal features have been given due consideration.
We can only offer apologies as our normal communications plan was thrown into chaos with the Covid 19 outbreak, otherwise we would have communicated about our works more widely.
If you would like any further information about the works either from us or from the EA directly then we would be more than happy to provide it.
I hope this has reassured you. Do not hesitate to contact me if you need any further information,
Kind regards, Adrian
Adrian Parker BEng (Hons) IEng MICE
Senior Project Manager
.....it has been difficult to arrange any formal preservation with the Cornwall Council Archaeology Dept, but I think the assurance from Kier will go someway towards assisting a possible preservation order.
I have attached a photograph of recent activity....one of the granites is possibly a sleeper from the original water level construction in the 1930's.
Best wishes Andrew and Diane