This photo was taken at the approach to the summit of Portreath incline. I think 'Directors' is someone's guess, or a joke, as the occupants of the wagon are mostly female. I'd say directors of any company at that time were exclusively male!). There appears to be only one male present over the age of about 15. This is some sort of social gathering (note the ladder up to the wagon) and is perhaps the GWR doing a favour for the Bassets, who owned all the land around there.
The incline summit is in the distance around the curve. The winding engine is off the picture to the left.
I would date this around 1900. Note that the wagon has 'dumb' buffers. The engine is an early 0-6-0 saddle tank from Carn Brea shed.
The Portreath branch was most certainly not authorised for passenger trains (though there were excursions in Hayle Railway/ WCR days, when rules were lax) so for this to happen in the GWR era, you needed big influence!
Roy Many thanks Roy
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