The North Cornwall Railway

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WADEBRIDGE TO PADSTOW

Leaving Wadebridge a passenger on the North Cornwall was treated to views of the Camel Estuary as the line followed the coast. Mudbanks and sandbanks showed at low tide, just water and the sand dunes on the Rock side of the estuary at high water. Starting its final leg on an embankment, the line soon settled down to a series of curves following the shore and passing the site of the long disused Camel Quarry which, despite being closed before the railway arrived, provided stone for the embankments. 30 and 25 chain curves ensued until the line came to the wide expanse of Little Petherick Creek. This was crossed on a 400 yards long, three span, viaduct which is still in use today for walkers and cyclists as it is an integral part of the Camel Trail that uses this section of the railway's trackbed.

Little Petherick Creek Viaduct
The viaduct over Little Petherick Creek.
Photograph © Chris Knowles-Thomas.

Beyond the viaduct an embankment took the line past Dennis Cove, creating a lake here, then after some more tight curves of 15 chains radius the passed through a small cutting to arrive at its final destination, Padstow, a few feet above sea level and 49 miles 63 chains from Halwill Junction.

Padstow diagram
Diagram based on one in An Illustrated History of the North Cornwall Railway and reproduced by kind permission of Irwell Press.

Padstow Station in 1950 Right: Padstow Station in 1950
Photograph reproduced by kind permission of David & Charles Ltd., Newton Abbott.

Padstow .(link to map of station area)

Padstow Luggage Label

Right: A LSWR luggage label reproduced with thanks from the Mike Morant collection.

Padstow Station
A fine group of dignatories on Padstow platform. Was this taken on the opening day?
Photograph: Malcolm McCarthy collection.

Padstow Station
A fine view of the "other side" of the station, its access road and the South Western Hotel.
Photograph: Malcolm McCarthy collection.

Padstow Station
An overview of the station from an early postcard. The hotel dominates the background
whilst an unidentified class O2 loco and train await departure from the sole platform.
Photograph: Malcolm McCarthy collection.

Padstow Station
A closer view of the above photo, though presumably taken on a different day.
Photograph: Malcolm McCarthy collection.

Padstow Station
S11 class 4-4-0 mixed traffic Nº 404 and train awaiting departure. Presumably the length of the
train has prevented the engine being behind the starting signal. 27th August 1908.
Photograph: Malcolm McCarthy collection.

Padstow Station
Presumably a temporary arrangement! A rake of coaches berthed over the turntable!
Photograph: Malcolm McCarthy collection.

Padstow Station
460 class 4-4-0 Nº465 waits by the quayside with a train of open wagons and vans.
Photograph: Malcolm McCarthy collection.

Padstow Station
A view of Padstow station taken from above.
Photograph: old postcard.

Padstow Station
Padstow station staff in the early 20th century. The nameboard is most likely to have been "borrowed" from the side of a coach!
Photograph: Malcolm McCarthy collection.

Padstow Station in 1950
T9 class Nº30704 at Padstow station during summer 1950, with the owner of this photograph looking on.
Photograph © Roger Stiggers.

Padstow Station in 1958
T9 class Nº30709 at Padstow station with the 3:13pm train to Exeter on 19th August 1958.
Photograph reproduced by kind permission of Joanes Publications.

Padstow Station in 1958
O2 class Nº30236 at Padstow station with a train for Bodmin North on 13th September 1958.
Photograph reproduced by kind permission of Joanes Publications.

Padstow Station in 1961
U1 class mogul Nº31903 in Padstow station on 30th August 1961.
Photograph © Chris Knowles-Thomas.

Padstow Station in 1960s
West Country Nº34036 Westwood Ho leaving Padstow station with the up Atlantic Coast Express in the late 1950s or early 1960.
Photograph courtesy of Bob Mason.

Padstow Carriage Window Label

A window label that would be affixed to the droplight of a carriage door to advise passengers of the destination of that particular carriage. These were produced cheaply in their thousands and, as can be seen here, could sometimes be either printed or trimmed crookedly!

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Halwill to Tower Hill.
Tower Hill to Launceston.
Launceston to Otterham.
Otterham to Port Isaac Road.
Port Isaac Road to Wadebridge.
Wadebridge to Padstow.
 
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