The Gwinear Road picture dates from about 1960. The original Gwinear Road West box was on the up side (1887). It was replaced by a new box on the island platform in 1915, coinciding with the completion of double line from Hayle. The gates were very wide, of course (3 tracks) and were held in place by 2 mechanical stops on each side instead of the normal one. I remember as a teenager being allowed to work the gates and having to throw my whole weight on the wheel. No wonder they had to bring a porter out to help push the gates when the winds blew. Gwinear were the first automatic half-barrier gates in Cornwall, but not the first barriers (that was Long Rock, 1961).
The cattle pens (on left) fell out of use for their designated purpose after the war, but by the time of the picture, they were used for wagons of sand, several of which can be seen.
The short spur in the foreground was used for stabling the Helston goods brake van.
Till the day it closed, Gwinear Road had no running water:it was delivered by train. Even the big 1930s house next to the station (not the railway house shown in the picture) had to rely on a well. Shunting engines had to go to Praze for water (which is why Praze had a column).
These were the days when residents of Camborne-Redruth had to go to Gwinear Road or Truro to catch the Cornish Riviera Express!
Many thanks indeed Roy.