I was the late afternoon Pilotman and enjoyed trips in & out of the station on HST's Voyagers and best of all 57603 on the Night Riviera until the last train.
After the 10 car 2 x Voyager departed with the last up train, all trains were then sent with a Driver's ticket from PZ1 at Marazion. This was service after service until 00.50 when the unit came in from Plymouth. The weather was kind, with a blustery wind, but stars twinkling over Mounts Bay, and a super crescent moon.
In the afternoon 08410 basked in the sunshine in Slopers siding.
Kind regards, Craig Many thanks Craig
Trenance viaduct between Newquay and Tolcarne Junction was originally a single line, Brunel-type timber superstructure on stone piers brought into use on the 29th January 1849. The superstructure was replaced by wrought iron girders using the same piers on 1st June 1874. This in turn was replaced by the existing double line masonry viaduct in August 1939.
The view has been taken on the Mevagissey road just below the double roundabout on the St Austell by pass. This is Pentewan Road running from the roundabout today there is Macdonalds, B and Q etc. and bungalows behind the photographer on the left. As you look at the postcard on the left a little further down is a turning to Tregorrick, and just below that is Trewhiddle where the railway crossed the road but no gated level crossing, and after crossing the road there was the only passing loop on the railway. On the right today is the Cornwall Hotel and grounds. The bridge has been renewed, the house is still there and behind the house are the wooden lodges which are part of the Cornwall Hotel complex. As you can see the Pentewan railway track ran along what is today a pavement which is much higher than the road the horse and man on the left are standing down in the road. Horses were used on this section up until 1908, after this date locomotives were allowed to continue all the way into the terminus at the bottom of the town West Hill, St Austell. Railway enthusiasts may be interested to know that Michael Messenger, Twelveheads Press will be publishing a new edition of the book The Pentewan Railway possibly this year 2017. Rob Evans Local Historian Pentewan
Many thanks Robert