David Tozer Keith Turley
Query re the Electric Token Instrument
Kind regards, Chris Osment
All the pictures were taken at the time of the closure of the signal box in October 1987, I believe the tokens are Newquay - Goonbarrow Jct, the token instrument was the first thing to be removed by the S&T when the box closed and there was me hoping for a souvenir, however number 15 lever plate for the ground frame had to suffice. I Understand that the ground frame was moved for a short period for a siding, which I have no idea if it was ever used. I think the section is still a green token, which I thought I had a picture of the token somewhere, maybe Craig can confirm as I don't get up there too often.
I used to own the ground signal from the carriage sidings but had to sell it when I moved briefly to Australia something I very much regret as I doubt I will get another.
Gary Rainbow is now the Driver Standards manager for Cross Country Trains.
Regards Alan Peters
Other than Micheal Messenger's excellent book there seems to be very little information about the Gonemena Incline available but it has ocurred to me that it might have had similar arrangements to other inclines Mr Jenkins may have been involved with. I had intended to visit the area last September but with the pandemic I was unable to do so.
By the by I have been misled in some of my online researches by another Silvanus Jenkins who lived in the Liskeard area at about the same time but appears to have been transported and by a ship similarly named!
I shall be gratefull for any assistance you can give me.
SYLVANUS WILLIAM JENKIN 1821-1911
Born at Redruth (you may be related!) We will investigate. Spent his professional life at Liskeard.
He was for many years County Surveyor for East Cornwall.
He was engineer for the Liskeard and Caradon Railway, also for the Helston Railway (built 1885-7).
He was also involved in the reconstruction of several of the main line viaducts, I believe, when the Brunel timber structures were replaced.
Jenkin was a prominent citizen of Liskeard and his name can be found today on foundation stones in the town (Public Rooms, Temperance Hotel) He was often a donor and benefactor. In the 1870s he was Mayor of Liskeard.
In 1902 the rather tumbledown church tower at Liskeard was rebuilt into the imposing structure there today: Jenkin was central to that project.
He was, for about 40 years, land agent for the Lanhydrock estate.
That's all I know! All the best,