The cornwall minerals railway owned and operated a network of 45 miles 72 km of standard gauge railway lines in central cornwall england united kingdomit started by taking over an obsolescent horse operated tramway in 1862 and it improved and extended it connecting newquay and par harbours and foweyhaving expended considerable capital it was hurt by a collapse in mineral extraction . Another railway magazine article from 1951 this time we are in the west country and considering what began life as a 3ft 6in gauge railway with an incline remote from the rest of the cornish rail network which later became a standard gauge line with wagon lift the east cornwall mineral railway ecmr was covered. The route of the line in early years the east cornwall mineral railway ecmr maintained a wharf on the tamar river at calstock which for many years was served by an incline a history of the ecmr line and the later standard gauge line are provided in the first post about the line which can be. The east cornwall mineral railway was a 1067 mm 3 ft 6 in gauge railway line opened in 1872 to connect mines and quarries in the callington and gunnislake areas in east cornwall with shipping at calstock on the river tamar the line included a rope worked incline to descend to the quay at calstock. Two long branch lines which served the china clay industry are explored further west little known and rarely photographed branch lines in the copper and tin mining region are studied the mainly unpublished photographs range from long abandoned trackbeds to lines that are in current use the author spent his working life in the china clay industry and took many photographs
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