Andrew and Diane Jones
Grogley Halt appeared in 1906 relatively late in railway history adjacent the hamlet of nearby Brocton. Lightly used at the best of times it mainly served the numerous market gardens and small farms. I suppose Grogley was more famous for its junction with the Ruthernbridge Branch line which survived for almost a century closing in 1933, however but for fate a useful direct link to Fowey would have been possible, but at considerable cost and difficult to justify even in the Railway Mania period.
The original mainline connection was altered in 1888 when a northern short deviation through a rock cutting reduced the flood risk.
Photograph 1 illustrates the original southerly route to the left of the prominent tree and the later deviation to the right.
A considerable amount of excavation was required for the deviation and photograph 2 shows the rock cutting and depth. No mean feat even in the 1880’s, I have often wondered why it was not tunnelled, but given that the whole of North Cornwall’s difficult terrain only had one at Trelill I suppose it must have been cheaper to excavate.
I can remember even in railway days this cutting was very wet and the drainage was always difficult. Cornwall Council has recently ditched and improved the original run off but the area is still vulnerable to flooding.
Bee hives were kept in the quarry opposite the halt even throughout railway operation.
To finish with, just a little bit of New year fun, a near neighbour has built a not to accurate replica of Grogley Halt for a wood shed, the original was situated 800 yards behind, but unfortunately only the platform still exists minus its original soil access slope and gate.
Due to a recent mishap parking at Grogley is no longer permitted but pedestrian access is still possible over the Ruthernbridge railway crossing
Very best wishes Andrew and Diane
Long may you keep up your contributions to our website - they are very much appreciated by one and all. Happy 2022.
New Years Eve 1975
I’m glad you liked the video. The female voice at the beginning and end were of John Bolton’s (the producer’s) wife, Mandy. She records talking books and professional voiceovers.
If you wish to sample two of our previous railway-connected civil engineering videos (if you haven’t already seen them), you can find them via the following links:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=SNqc09qilfw "The Gulf Oil Refinery Branch Line”
deals with the practical and more technical aspects of the work.
https://youtu.be/zEPnBQQ5C64 "Gulf Oil Line Part 2 - Tales of the Past"
contains interviews with some of the people who worked on its construction and some of the less official goings-on.
Best wishes for 2022.
- - - - Just in case you missed our first mention of the video "Cowley Bridge Junction Railways Rivers and Floods". Here is the link once again DON'T MISS IT -a superb video.
We have now completed our video, “Cowley Bridge Junction: Rivers, Railways & Floods”. It is now on YouTube; the link is:
We hope you find it interesting and that you will be able to post the link on the Cornwall Railway Society website. I assume it will be relevant to the Society’s interests!
With best wishes for 2022,
Richard Watts & John Bolton.