works on the Helston Railway
Roger Salter & Roger Winnen
When I returned home I found that I had actually been in the midst of the former Royal Navy Cordite Factory, built in 1914. The halt was opened to serve the factory. It was obviously a highly secure and sensitive site; in fact a decoy was built nearby during World War II. As a security measure, it never appeared on the O.S. "Popular" one-inch map.
And look at this: it appears in its W.W. One form on the 1925 25 in. survey; vanishes back to heathland in 1954 (the 1936 survey is blank); and reappears in its post WW2 form, shorn of its railways, on the 1970 survey.
Little did I know that as I drank my coffee at a picnic bench beside an unfinished roundabout I was sitting on the course of one of the ministry's lines.
Cheers, Colin. Many thanks Colin, please go to maps from the National Library of Scotland for later editions. Link below