My name is Paul Stewart and I edit Branch line News for the Branch Line Society.
A member has sent me this recently taken picture of what appears to be standard gauge track on the shore end of West pier at St Ives (first attachment)
I have located it on a 1906 OS 25" to the mile map (marked with my crude freehand yellow arrow above - second attachment), if so its probably was just as it is now - very short. It is not shown on the 1876 25" map, but appears consistently after the 1906 revision. It doesn't show on any 6" to the mile maps so good job we can access the 25" maps. I have found: https://www.rmweb.co.uk/community/index.php?/topic/40697-rail-lines-on-st-ives-harbour-wall/
Below is another view from Google Earth (and third attachment).
The Industrial Railway Society have no information about it, do you please?
Was this the full extent of this isolated railway or was it intended to be longer, and does anyone know what it was used for please?
Any information received with gratitude and interest.
All the best -- Paul Stewart (Great Malvern).
However there is a sketch in Cyril Noall's book 'The book of St Ives' which does show a very distant view of what is possibly the jib of a crane - it looks quite long - perhaps 30' with the body of the crane at the seaward end of the track.
It seems that the arches were constructed at considerable expense, more than that of the pier, to encourage scouring of the sand from the harbour - at this they don't seem to have been very successful!
Engineering details of the piers construction can be found at http://www.engineering-timelines.com/scripts/engineeringItem.asp?id=425
This also a YouTube video of the replacement of the timber barriers - this can be found at https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Lpp2-rzMtIQ and other views of the pier at :-https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=w-ItFxM-kNg
Branch Line Society
and why not.
Our latest newsletter (last week) featured the two RNLI funicular railways in Cornwall, which we recently visited one being the most southerly railway in mainland Britain. The whole newsletter is 85 pages (there are 24 a year) so I have created a special PDF of the report - for highest quality it is best downloaded
and viewed in full screen as there is a landscape page.
If anyone is interested in joining us for a possible repeat of the day next year they can email me per the PDF,
due to the access roads and lack of parking everyone has to travel on the minibus/es.
All the best - Paul.
Seems like a very good read - a chance to join a countrywide organisation.