Images Of Bodmin Road To Padstow & Launceston Railways
In this new volume of photographs from the Maurice Dart Collection the author returns to his home ground in Cornwall. The photographs included here are largely scenes that would have been familiar to the author from the 1930s and for most of the eighty years following, since he still works as a volunteer on the Bodmin & Wenford Railway up to the present day.
Few can know these lines as intimately as he does. We follow each route photographically, showing most of the locomotive types that have worked on them. The final chapters contain coverage of the two preserved lines, again illustrating most of the locos which have operated on them.
Some older historic images are included and many images may be of great interest to modellers of historic locomotives with period layouts.
As in the previous volumes in the growing Images series the reader is presented with a personal selection of photographs, many of them taken by the author himself. Here are photos of locomotives, rolling stock and line infrastructure on these Cornish lines whose chequered history, from the nineteenth century until closure in the 1960s, typifies the story of so many of Britain’s smaller railways.
This book provides a chance for railway enthusiasts to share in the author’s unique memories of the railways that once served North Cornwall.
Maurice Dart was born in Plymouth and, apart from a period in Gibraltar, he has lived in Devon and Cornwall for all of his life. The interest in railways was bred into him almost from birth and has stayed with him. He was educated at Sutton High School, Plymouth followed by Plymouth & Devonport Technical College and worked as a chemist in the China Clay industry for thirty seven years.
Through his work connections he gained an intimate knowledge of the Lee Moor Tramway and of China Clay railway operations by the main line railway companies. Following retirement he worked as a volunteer on the Bodmin & Wenford Railway mainly in the shop or escorting visiting enthusiasts around the railway.
Imprint: Halsgrove. ISBN 978 0 85704 200 2, hardback, 297x210mm, 160 pages. Published September 2014.