The Pentewan Railway


The Pentewan Railway opened in 1829, running for 4 miles between St. Austell in Cornwall, down to the small port of Pentewan, being built purely to transport china clay.

A  horse-drawn tramway whose exact gauge is unclear, when it adopted steam power after 43 years it became 2’6” gauge.

This is the third, further revised edition, of a book published in 1960 and is a fascinating and enjoyable read; both the line and the port had a chequered history until final closure in 1918, and the author brings the story to life with considerable ‘oral history’. Plus the good number of archive illustrations and maps add to the interest.

128 pages. Hardbound.