New St Ives
Chris Bellett reminds us
Copy provided by Chris Bellett
50 years have passed very quickly.....
Retired S&T Engineer
From WR Weekly Engineering Notice K2/21/71
Sunday 23rd May 1971 At St.Ives
The existing passenger platform will be demolished and the track resited alongside a new passenger platform, 75 yards in length and sited at the end of St.lves Viaduct. A Stop Block will be erected·across the track at the end of the new platform at 325m 10ch.
The above is the notice concerning the new station at St Ives - a platform 75 yards long was provided on the opening of this station.
Events at St Ives.
The run round loop at the old station was taken out of use 28th October 1963 and removed in January 1966.
The goods sidings had been closed wef 9th September 1963.
The signal box was reduced to ground frame status 9th September 1963 and closed on the 10th March 1965.
The bay platform and good shed lines were taken out of use in August 1964 and removed in January 1966.
The new platform 75 yards long was brought into use on the 23rd May 1971, the new platform was doubled in length in 1979. Much of the preceding information extracted from Track layout diagrams GWR & BR WR Section 10 R.A. Cooke.
After 1963, only the bay siding (coal traffic) and the goods shed siding (camping coaches) were used, although the entire layout remained usable and was connected to the ground frame (old box). All the points except the two mentioned above, were clipped and padlocked though.
A further note (at 07.44) = The concrete was there until around 1950, I think. Parallel to this, the extension of the run around loop was known as the Sea Siding and was used to house spare coaches.
Best regards. Roger