This, the second of two volumes covering the railways of Cornwall, follows the railway through the eye-catching scenery of the west of the county. Over 180 stunning full-colour photographs take the reader on a journey that starts in St Austell, against the backdrop of the clay workings, before moving on through the rich, arable farmland that surrounds the line on the way to the capital city, Truro. West of Truro, the landscape is littered with former mine workings and signs of its rich industrial heritage. The scenery then changes as the line continues on past the busy fruit farms west of Camborne and proceeds on to Hayle. Once across Hayle’s unique viaduct, it runs through St Erth before passing St Michael’s Mount, skirting Mounts Bay and finishing at the terminus of Penzance. Also explored are the existing branches that are still running, including the Burngullow to Parkandillack line, the only freight-only branch still running, and the passenger branch lines of Truro to Falmouth and St Erth to St Ives. Nostalgically, the Hayle Wharves branch has been included and is the only line in the volume that no longer exists.
As featured byThe Broad Gauge Society
This is the second part of Key Books’ photographic paperback on the railways of Cornwall, and is well up to the standard of the first in terms of both quality and interest. Most of the views were taken in the last twenty years or so, but the author has also included several nostalgic shots of trains in the 1980s, mostly on long lost services.West Somerset Railway Association
In his introduction, the author laments the lack of variety in the trains currently serving this part of Cornwall, so the book provides an opportunity for him to show us some of the different traction, both passenger and freight, once so common in the area and wearing the range of liveries which could be seen. He has also become adept in discovering some rewarding viewpoints for his pictures, with some of the images featuring fine backdrops or foregrounds such as those which include colourful rhododendrons, daffodils or crops.
Some of the earliest views are of the long-lost freight serving Hayle Wharves powered by Class 25s, a 37 and an 08, while later freights around Parkandillack are headed by the ubiquitous class 66s. There is a full range of passenger trains covering the blue and grey, Inter City, GWR and charter operators’ liveries, and one of the earliest views even features a cameo of the author as a child watching a Western hauled train at Long rock in 1973.
This is a fine work and many of the views will bring back many a fond memory.
Presented over two volumes, Craig Munday serves up a colourful selection of images of Cornwall’s railways over the past few decades. The second volume continues the journey from St Austell to Penzance, taking in Burgullow and the St Ives branch.Model Rail Magazine
Two great volumes!
These two books in my opinion are a marvellous example of the essential combinations required to produce an excellent photographic record of the subject.Bradford Railway Circle
I would give these books 10 out of 10. The photographs are excellent throughout and the captions provided give all the required information for each individual photograph.
Another book in the series.James Simmonds
Good selection of period photographs. Some nice contemporary views