Par to Newquay. Excluding the clay branches
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* St Blazey - for the depot and Par Harbour see separate section
St Blazey Signalbox interior
Interior shots of St Blazey box. They include the CCTV equipment for Middleway & St Blazey bridge CCTV crossings, the block instrument to Par & Electric Token machine for the Single line to Goonbarrow.
Middleway Level Crossing
A heritage DMU, Newquay bound approaches Middleway crossing. The situation here was unusual in that beyond this location the line ran on a straight embankment turning to a slight right hand bend before St Blazey Bridge crossing. Either side of the embakment are watercourses, a stream on the left and to the right the former canal to Par harbour. Middleway signalbox lay on the far side of the stream with the various signalling cables carried on a bridge over the waterway. October 1977 Copyright Mike Roach
St Blazey Bridge crossing
The same train continues its assault on the bank. The Treffry Aquadct is just out of the picture to the right. The weight limit for a 55xx loco unassisted was 160 tons from Par to Luxulyan. The 5 coaches shewn would have been right on the limit, or even just over. 5th August 1960 Copyright Mike Roach
Bugle - taken in July 1977. Of interest is the clearly reballasted track towards Goonbarrow signalbox, this section was formerly double track from Goonbarrow to Roache but later the former down line was used solely for the Carbis branch. In this picture the Carbis branch clearly has not seen much traffic, not only is it rusty but there are signs of other activities on the railhead. The area to the left of the station is now occupied by a housing development close to the lineside. Note also post with a notice just before Molinnis Crossing. Copyright Mike Roach
Demelza (Between Roche and the iron bridge)
Crossing Goss Moors and the iron bridge
Tregoss Moors Signal Box
St Dennis Junction
Not an unusual shot in those days, a DMU on its way to Par makes its way past the signalbox at St Dennis. The driver may be dropping his token over the horn, or maybe the signalman has left his box and is out of sight ready to exchange tokens. There was a very long loop here at one time. It was extended in 1921 to Tregoss Moor crossing however the double track section was shortened w.e.f. 3rd January 1965. This picture dated 10th August 1967. Copyright Roger Salter
St Columb Road
Coswarth Level Crossing
They say that every picture tells a story, here is one that certainly does. It's June 1977 the lady standing in front of the cabin has closed the gates to road traffic, set the signals, and the 47 speeds past in a blur with a service Newquay bound. Copyright Mike Roach N.B. This is now an open crossing protected by flashing lights and there have been at least two serious incidents - motorists beware!
Quintrel Downs Platform
An interesting view taken by Peter Butt. Newquay station 'under reduction'. Most of the goods yard was removed in 1965. Two of the carriage sidings in 1968 & two more in 1969 leaving just about what we see here. The signalbox remained open until 1987. It is of interest to note the number of clay hoods here in the remaining sidings - these were numbered 6 & 7. The position of the cream coloured house looking over the scene must have been a railway enthusiasts dream, the view must have extended to Tolcarne Junction. Copyright Peter Butt