Then & now. Andrew Jones
My first photograph was taken in 1978, looking towards Wadebridge, from the level crossing gates at Boscarne.
You might say, hang on a minute! This location is not part of the Wenfordbridge branch and for most of the railways life this was true. All changed with the complete closure to Wadebridge and from 1978, this section formed part of the exchange siding.
Remarkably the sign on the left, had only recently been erected and states on the reverse “STOP, open crossing gates before proceeding”
Slightly obvious, you might think, however there had been a spate of gate bashing during the 70’s, on goods only lines.
I can remember as a child that also a large steel roller used to be propped up against the fence on the ballast at this location, for what reason perhaps one of your readers may know.
Looking towards the horizon, we can see a hill which today is covered by Grogley Forest.
In the second photograph taken on the 27th December 2017, we can see the massive change which has taken place.
Trees have formed a tunnel effect, the” Open “ gate sign just survives, (posts only), the camel trail partnership have erected a railway sleeper platform for the benefit of horse riders and during the night a heavy storm has brought down one of the many trees lining the old trackbed.
Without the Camel Trail conversion, this photograph would have been the point of no hope, but with a bit of luck and an awful lot of money who knows, A Beattie or T9 back in Wadebridge! Now that would be a good Christmas present.!
best wishes and a brilliant new year to all at the Cornwall Railway Society
from Andrew Many thanks indeed Andrew.