Upalong and Down - The Redruth & Chasewater Railway
Subtitled “ A Pictorial Excursion’, this traces the route and remains along the nine and a half mile route of Cornwall’s first true railway, the four foot gauge ‘Redruth and Chasewater Railway’.
Starting from the river port of Devoran, this ran to a number of mines and the town of Redruth. From its opening in 1825 until 1852 the line was horse worked, but two 0-4-0 steam locomotives were purchased in that year and a third followed in 1859.
Never a passenger carrying railway, the main purpose of the R & C was to take ore to the quays of Devoran for shipment to South Wales, inbound traffic being largely coal for the mine engines. Not only is the route well illustrated here in both modern and archive B&W photos, there is also a lot on its history and operations, as well as maps, station layouts and the like.
As well as the numerous B&W illustrations, there are four colour paintings of the railway’s steam locomotives. 94 well produced pages. Paperback.