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Cornish Railways (Paperback)

Saltash to St Austell

P&S History > British History Transport > Trains & Railways World History > UK & Ireland > England

By Craig Munday
Imprint: Key Publishing
Series: Britain's Railways
Pages: 96
Illustrations: 180
ISBN: 9781913295714
Published: 13th April 2022

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This, the first of two volumes covering the railways of Cornwall, follows the railway through the changing landscapes of the county. It takes the reader from the rich farmland west of St Germans, through the unique Glynn Valley down to Bodmin Road and the freightabundant area of Lostwithiel and Par before reaching clay country on the way to the final destination of St Austell. In addition, also explored are the branch lines, which range from the rural line to Looe, the splendour of the River Fowey on the clay line to Carne Point and the varied and ever-popular Newquay branch.

Lavishly illustrated with 180 full-colour photographs, many set in glorious countryside, this book shows a variety of locomotives. Service trains dominate the images, though there are many charter trains featured, some with exotic traction for the far south west.

Taken from the short days of winter with piercing low sunlight, to the long days of high summer when the upside of the Cornish mainline is lit, allowing a different perspective, the photographs capture not just the trains, but the beautiful landscapes, rivers and coastline of the Duchy.

Presented over two volumes, Craig Munday serves up a colourful selection of images of Cornwall’s railways over the past few decades. Beginning at Brunel’s spectacular Saltash bridge the first volume includes many familiar locations, including Liskeard and the Looe branch, Lostwithiel, Fowey, Par and the Newquay branch. Two great volumes!

Model Rail Magazine

As featured by

The Broad Gauge Society

With over 170 photos of both passenger and freight trains that reflect the wonders of scenic Cornish Railways and the intricate network of the once very busy branch lines that were supported by an electric variety of diesel trains, this book does not disappoint.

Dartmoor Pony No44 Winter 2022/23

These two books in my opinion are a marvellous example of the essential combinations required to produce an excellent photographic record of the subject.

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.

Bradford Railway Circle

Another volume in Key Publishing’s ‘Britain’s Railways’ series, this 96 page book provides a good selection of colour views of passenger and freight operations in the area covered during the last thirty years.

Motive power includes Class 47s, HSTs, Skippers, Class 66s, and IETs, and full use is made of the photogenic opportunities provided by the wooded hillsides, surviving semaphore signals and the wide variety of liveries worn by locos and stock. The Glynn Valley provides some particularly fine photographic locations, as do the disused station at St Blazey and the riverside branch to the Carne Point china clay terminal. The photographer has captured some of the irregular freight workings to Moorswater, and a view of the Great Western Society’s steam railmotor SRM93 at work further down the Looe estuary alongside the water amid autumnal colours.

This well printed and colourful book is sure to be of interest to anyone who has enjoyed a railway holiday beyond the Tamar in England’s far south west.

Barney Forsdike, West Somerset Railway Association

As featured in

Rail Express, Nov 2022

"For those interested in the area and the line, a good reference to add to the library for a reasonable price. Recommended."

Diesel and Electric Modellers United, Spring 2022

"Freight and passenger trains reflect the wonder of our scenic Cornish Railways and the intricate network of once busy branches with an electric variety of diesel trains. It does not disappoint."

Dana Wiffen - Branch Line News

A good look back at Cornwall’s railway heritage. A nice volume with decent photographs of the area covered by this volume

James Simmonds

About Craig Munday

Craig Munday, a lifelong railway enthusiast, was introduced to the railways by his father, a diesel hydraulic fanatic, at a young age. He joined the railway YTS scheme in 1985 after seeing behind the scenes of the railway industry on a school work experience week the year before. After that, he became a relief signalman in east Cornwall and has worked across the Western Region in Swindon, Bristol and Cardiff in the operations department. In 2008, he had the opportunity to return to his beloved Cornwall to live and work.

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Cornish Railways: St Austell to Penzance (Paperback)

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…

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