26th February 1977
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Much has changed in almost 50 years. The skyline once covered in the conical distinctive spoil hills, the construction of which involved a series of almost vertical tram lines, (some including the long removed Dorothy Pit, near the lost village of Karslake, had multiple tram lines operating 24 hours/day) have now been almost entirely landscaped and are unrecognizable.
ECLP, was a major employer at the time of this photograph (1969), the new haul road was seen as sensible use of a redundant railway line. Conversion was undertaken at considerable cost, at least the company had the foresight to retain the Lostwithiel to Fowey line, although these facilities are unfortunately, now, much under used, as are those, at Fowey Harbour.
The large drys at Par Docks had still to be topped by the four chimneys, which for decades after this shot, billowed white clouds of smoke across St Austell Bay and have only recently been removed once again.
From the age of 5, I was brought up in Whitemoor and attended the local school. I have fond memories of this rather harsh environment and it is very sad when looking back at just how much has been lost.
The China Clay industry was well developed by the 1960’s, served by an efficient rail system and port infrastructure. Sadly environmental issues added to cheaper imports from South America have diminished this industry to a fraction of its former self.
There were once plans to ship sand by rail to the South East for building projects, but all to no avail!
One lasting memory was standing on Bodmin Road station listening to the double headed class 37’s hauling the Silver Bullet, power through, absolutely unbelievable!
Best wishes Andrew Many thanks for the picture and article.
Guy V Many thanks Guy
PS Ron Kosys' photos of hydraulic action on the Kingswear branch have been very much enjoyed. Judging by the crowds waiting to join the Cardiff train at Churston I again wonder why on earth this line was allowed to close.