I was in Laira the other day, so grabbed these shots of recent celebrity 43002 out of the limelight around the sidings, connected to the shore supply. I'm aware the name plates may be removed shortly?
Also present was ROG 47/8 number 47813. The loco failed on the down run a while back and has resided at Laira awaiting collection. It returned eastbound by 47815 on 7th in a stock move. 08644 was busy shunting HST trailers around the depot too.
Some dazzling light and threatening clouds made a good reason to visit Chris & Ann's property at Golant. Loco 66025 has replaced 66091, and it caught the sun nicely on the causeway just after 17.00 in the evening.
All the best, Craig. Many thanks Craig
The engine propelled loaded coal wagons on to the lower end of the incline, then climbed 'light engine' on the other track. At the summit, it placed outgoing wagons at the top of the incline and they were attached to the wire. The 2 sets of wagons (the limit was 4 wagons at a time) then counterbalanced one another. About 300 yards beyond the summit was a board: 'Engines may not pass this point'. The engine normally gave the incoming wagons a good 'shove' here to assist the horses!
Tresavean mine had been prosperous in the copper era before 1860 but had a chequered career after that. The last revival came after 1905, when Harvey's shaft was reopened. The pumps were electric, driven by their own generators and later from the grid, so there was little need for incoming coal. Harvey's engine was notable for its 150 foot chimney, which dominated the village of Lanner.
The mine finally closed in 1928, but the Tresavean branch was already semi- derelict by then. The incline was maintained in good order until the final official closure in 1936, but beyond the summit, the line was returning to nature. The photograph is from the 1930s, when the line was already long disused.
Roy Many thanks Roy.