A favourite haunt for my wife and me is the Slades House Inn at Sladesbridge on the road from Wadebridge to Bodmin. Not only are the meals there of very good quality - and reasonably priced - but hanging on the wall in the bar is a painting depicting a train crossing the bridge over the main road that carried the North Cornwall line between Wadebridge and Camelford. Sadly, all trace of the bridge was removed in the interests of road improvements after the line closed and only the track bed and bridge over the river Camel remain between Sladesbridge and the Camel Trail, close to where the Bodmin and Wenford railway hopes one day to site a new Wasebridge station. However, making up for any physical evidence visible outside, is this painting. The artist was one W J Ryall and the painting has been in the pub for many years. While there is some artistic licence - the North Cornwall line was steeply graded but perhaps not quite as much as the picture suggests - the locomotive and Southern green Maunsell coaches look just right. The view is towards Egloshayle and Wadebridge, the north-bound train climbing towards St Kew highway, the next station.
Enjoying a meal and a drink while contemplating this painting would be a fitting start or finish to any enthusiast's exploration of what remains of the North Cornwall Railway.
Many thanks indeed Derek - may you have many more enjoyable meals there.
Many thanks Clive.