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Devoran’s Railway: Redruth and Chasewater Railway, The Railway Magazine November 1936

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Passed on to me  an old Railway Magazine of November 1936 with a fabulous short article on The Redruth and Chasewater Railway, which ceased in September 1915. By the end of World War 1 the rails were taken up by local men for scrap for the war effort.

In time for the Devoran Railway Festival at the end of September  2015, the centenary of the last train running, here are very very rough scans of the magazine article.

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There are some photographs here that I’ve not seen before, taken only 20 years after the line closed.

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Lovely photograph of the Village Hall in the 1930s – those same windows – just before World War Two.
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“Although but two decades have passed since the closure, traces of this once-busy railway are somewhat scanty … The locomotive and wagon workshops , now the village institute …”

Mr J. F. Tyacke  is named as the last manager of the railway and the harbour  (“who had formerly been the locomotive superintendent”) – his daughter Miss M. P. Tyacke who lived at Treviddo, 4 Devoran Lane was important in the wartime fundraising, cultural and musical life of the village.

A fascinating little article … A short summary of the subject dealt with in much longer detail in the D.B. Barton book about the railway.

I will try to rescan the photographs in future.

Posted by Mark Norris, Devoran War Memorial Project.