00, Great Western Railway and British Railways (Western Region), 6 by 4 foot


Great Western Railway, Light Railway

Port Isaac




Plan: to build a new layout


The Great Western Railway (GWR) had running powers over the London South Western Railway (LSWR) (latter Southern Railway) from Boscarne Junction (near Bodmin) to Wadebridge. Until the 1920's the GWR ran a regular passenger service between Bodmin Road and Wadebridge. In 1902 the GWR planned to build a twelve mile long branch from a junction on the LSWR at Little Petherick Creek to Tregurrian. The branch was called the Padstow, Bedruthan and Mawgan Light Railway. After experience with operating motor buses on the Lizard Peninsula the GWR decided to provide a motor service with buses and trucks rather than a light railway. 
To me the route came as a surprise at it misses most of the larger villages, such as St Columb Major, and doesn't continue to Newquay the main town in the area. However it does give the opportunity for an interesting 'might have been' station.

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