Amberley Publishing - Transport, Military, Local and General History

The Great Western Railway Plymouth To Penzance

Volume 3

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Author: Stanley C Jenkins, Martin Loader

The Cornwall Railway was authorised on 3 August 1846 with the aim of constructing a broad gauge rail link between Plymouth, Truro and Falmouth. After many vicissitudes, the railway was ceremonially opened between Plymouth and Truro on 2 May 1859. Meanwhile, further to the west, an entirely separate undertaking known as the West Cornwall Railway had been sanctioned with powers for the construction of a standard gauge railway between Truro and Penzance, which would incorporate parts of the earlier Hayle Railway.

The WCR was completed in 1852, although there was no connection with the Cornwall Railway until 1859. Despite the ‘break-of-gauge’ at Truro, these two railways formed part of a through route between Paddington and Penzance and, as such, they were subsequently absorbed into the GWR system as part of the present-day West of England main line.

Book ISBN 9781445639680

Book Format Paperback

pages 128 pages

Publication Date 15 Nov 2014

Height 170

Width 248

Illustrations 240

Regular Price: £16.99

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