Happy New Year
to one and all
St Lawrence Platform
The Liskeard & Caradon Railway closed 100 years ago today on 1 January 1917. The closure was meant to be temporary to assist the war effort. But of course once the rails were lifted they were not relaid and the line was never reopened. It was fomally abandoned in 1931. The line went northwards from Moorswater, near Liskeard, roughly beneath the viaduct carrying the Plymouth - Penzance main line, to finish on Bodmin Moor above the village of Minions. It was built to carry copper, tin and granite away. The line had several interesting features including a cable-worked incline. It never owned the land at the top end which was leased from the Duchy of Cornwall. Because of this there have been few changes, and some of the line is still much as it was left when abandoned. The top end is also located in good walking country and some would say that Minions is the walking capital of Cornwall. There are a couple of places to eat and drink in Minions. If you have not sampled the area it is worth trying. There are fine views to the south and the sea, and to the east to Kit Hill and Dartmoor. However you need to choose your day carefully because Minions is also a windy place, and it will always be more windy than wherever you have travelled from. Lots more on Wikipedia. I am obliged to Sid Sponheimer for providing the attached photographs.
Two pictures below - the rest to follow in a study of the line in due course.
There do not appear to be any pictures of 58027 /58041 on CRS for the Plymouth open day spcls on the 15 9 1991
Here are 58027/ 58041 passing Tavistock Junction with the return spcl to Manchester. They came down on one of the other spcls the Plymouth Rose and went back on this one. (details on six bells )
Were you not out this day RW ?
Cheers Roger Geach Many thanks to you Roger