RAILWAYS

The Pass-By Van

Did you want your parcels delivered and collected using the rail service?

Then you'll need to make sure you meet up with the "Pass-By Van".

 

North Hill Extension

If this proposal for a light railway had come to fruition then there would have been a station at Congdon's Shop on the B3254, next to the War Memorial. The line was to run to Kelly Bray where it joined the Plymouth, Devonport and South West Junction Railway.

This line has been researched by The Tamar Belle railways enthusiasts group and we are grateful to Bruce Hunt for his permission to use his work here. Click on the map for more detail of the route.

Alternatively, click on the pdf icon to read the story of the failed proposal.

 

Liskeard and Caradon Railway

The Kilmar and Bearah Tor Quarries, along with other mines and quarries along the way, were linked to the port at Looe by the Liskeard and Caradon Railway. The history of the railway can be seen here and here. A February 2019 feature on Cornwall Live has images of the railway.


Tramway track at Bearah Tor granite works.
This image was taken by Lynn Murnaghan and reproduced with the kind permission of the Cornwall Railway Society. http://www.cornwallrailwaysociety.org.uk/liskeard-and-caradon.html#

The wagons, laden with stone and ore, were moved from the moor to Liskeard purely by gravity but were hauled back up to the moor, in the early days, by horses. This was a freight line and no permission was given to carry passengers. It was possible, however, to carry a person’s hat for a fee and for the accompanying person to get a ‘free’ ride. The image of the wagon was taken in 1910.

In 2013 the Milestone Society reported (page 15) that one of the railway’s milestones can be seen on the roadside at Berrio Bridge House, a significant distance from its original location. Click on this photograph to see a larger image; the milestone is highlighted in the foreground.

Another milestone can be seen further south near Tokenbury Corner in Linkinhorne parish.

The banner image shows (L-R) cogwheels on the working crane at Bearah Tor Quarry, the crane at Bearah Tor Quarry, Westminster Bridge in London (built from granite extracted from quarries on the moor in North Hill parish), Pellegrini Wire Saw installed at Bearah Tor Quarry in April 2018.