Query from Michael Webb.
I’m hoping you can help me. I have an entry from my Great Great Grandfathers Journal.
1853 JUNE 11
Having procured a small assortment of Tools, the time of taking a temporary farewell of my wife, children, parents and friends has arrived being the most unpleasant part of the business.
However, the hope of making money and again meeting my family in better circumstances soothes the sorrow of being parted and bidding good bye, I left Chacewater by 7.30 p.m. train soon arrived at Truro.
I haven’t been able to find much information regarding this short journey.
My research finds there was a station build at Chacewater in late 1853.
Are you able to provide any detail, or direct me to such a site.
Thank you in anticipation of your reply.
The West Cornwall Railway from Truro to Penzance opened on 25th August 1852, but not all the stations were available on that date. At first the terminus at Truro was at Higher Town, near Penwithers. In 1853 the railway obtained an Act of parliament authorising an extension to Newham.
There does not appear to be an official opening date for Chacewater station, but going by public timetables, it opened between 14th December 1853 and April 1854.
As opened, Chacewater was a simple platform on the down side, the line being single track.
Hope this helps. Roy.