- two items have recently been added to our features for the period Jan to July 2022:-
Item 22 02 Inside Marchwood Naval Base - it's history and a railtour to it. An account by Mick House.
rail drop Train
Andrew and Diane Jones
Cornish Railways was set up in July 1983, based at Truro, it had a short life being merged with Plymouth and Cornwall Railways in 1986. ‘Rusty’ was a creative manager but probably just a bit too independent for British Rail and some say the merger was to remove a thorn in their side, I know that he was unhappy with the decision and took early retirement to pursue his other love of sailing and numerous roles within the Fowey Yacht Club. Anyone who met him always had a good word to say and he was instrumental, as I have said before, in persuading Sir Peter Parker, head of British Rail at the time, to sell the Boscarne to Wadebridge railway, to Cornwall Council, which now forms part of the Camel Trail.
The two excursion tickets attached are in the style of the traditional Edmondson system invented and developed in the 1840’s by Thomas Edmondson, a trained cabinet maker who later became a station master on the Newcastle and Carlisle Railway.
Edmondson tickets provided accountability by serial numbering each ticket which had to be reconciled against unsold tickets at the end of each day, helping to prevent fraud.
The Cornwall Railways ‘Kids Go Free’ ticket was for our 3 year old daughter Sienna who was carried in a children’s back pack which was extremely handy when traversing the slippery sleepers across the Royal Albert Bridge.
Although the excursion started at Penzance, we joined it at Bodmin Road, if only we could do it all again for the princely sum of £7.50!