In this new volume of photographs from the Maurice Dart Collection the author returns to
his home ground in Cornwall. The photographs included here are largely scenes that
would have been familiar to the author from the 1930s and for most of the eighty years
following, since he still works as a volunteer on the Bodmin & Wenford Railway up to the
Few can know these lines as intimately as he does.
We follow each route photographically, showing most of the locomotive types that
have worked on them. The final chapters contain coverage of the two preserved lines,
again illustrating most of the locos which have operated on them.
Some older historic
images are included and many images may be of great interest to modellers of historic
locomotives with period layouts.
As in the previous volumes in the growing Images series the reader is presented with
a personal selection of photographs, many of them taken by the author himself. Here are
photos of locomotives, rolling stock and line infrastructure on these Cornish lines whose
chequered history, from the nineteenth century until closure in the 1960s, typifies the story
of so many of Britainís smaller railways.
This book provides a chance for railway enthusiasts to share in the authorís unique
memories of the railways that once served North Cornwall.
Maurice Dart was born in Plymouth and, apart from a period in
Gibraltar, he has lived in Devon and Cornwall for all of his life. The
interest in railways was bred into him almost from birth and has
stayed with him. He was educated at Sutton High School, Plymouth
followed by Plymouth & Devonport Technical College and worked as
a chemist in the China Clay industry for thirty seven years.
his work connections he gained an intimate knowledge of the Lee
Moor Tramway and of China Clay railway operations by the main line railway companies.
Following retirement he worked as a volunteer on the Bodmin & Wenford Railway mainly in the
shop or escorting visiting enthusiasts around the railway.
Imprint: Halsgrove. ISBN 978 0 85704 200 2, hardback, 297x210mm, 160 pages. Published September 2014.