Port Isaac

00, Great Western Railway and British Railways (Western Region), 6 by 4 foot

 

Great Western Railway, Light Railway

Port Isaac

Tregurrian

Sennen

Lizard


Plan: to build a new layout

History. The Great Western Railway (GWR) ran a service between Bodmin Road (now Parkway) and Wadebridge using running powers from Boscarne Junction (near Bodmin) to Wadebridge. In 1909 the service comprised 4 passenger, 2 mixed, and 2-3 goods train each way. At the turn of the 20th century the GWR proposed to build several light railways in Cornwall including one from a junction on the LSWR near Padstow to Tregurrian. I've added the Amble Valley Light Railway (AVLR) that would have run six and a half miles from Wadebridge to Port Isaac via a bridge over the River Camel, into the Amble Valley, Trewornan (quay), Chapel Amble, St Endellion and Trehatrock (gap). The AVLR would have been a Beaching cut.

Traffic.
Local passenger traffic would have been light as the AVLR served a population of about 2,000 but tourists traffic would have been important till the early 1960s. There are currently four local buses to/from Wadebridge and a through bus to/from Bodmin Road fitting well with a local/tourist split. Fitted freight; wagons of mackerel, (pilchards?) & shellfish by overnight train to Billingsgate and inbound fish, from Grimsby. Flowers and fruit were important traffic, with the early daffodils very important to the Cornish economy. Rabbit traffic would be significant till the early 1950's. General goods,  particularly coal. The AVLR passed 4 quarries, 2 shafts, & 1 pit all disused and might have revived quarrying for slaty quartz & mandelstone and mining for copper, lead, silver, manganese, & antimony.

Operation. GWR trains run to/from Bodmin Road. The AVLR is a single section with one train in steam. From Port Isaac to Trehatrock the grade would have been about 1:30 restricting passenger trains to 15 mph, goods trains to 10 mph and a maximum of 8 loaded wagons. Locos would face towards Wadebridge to keep their fire boxes covered with water and Auto trains would work with their locos at the Port Isaac end. Auto trains would provide local passenger services with the first in and last out hauling fitted wagons so possibly classed as mixed. A pannier tank would work the daily goods train and the passenger train of through coaches. When required extra fitted freights and tourists trains would be run - summer Saturdays all passenger trains might comprise through coaches.

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