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This three-span viaduct over Little Petherick Creek used
to take the Padstow branch of the LSWR into the company's westernmost
terminus, but is now used by the popular Camel Trail. 25th March
2018. (Neil Hebborn)
year's membership of Railway Ramblers costs only £10, and runs
for a full year from your joining date. Membership provides four
magazines a year, plus access to our walks and online gazetteer.
For further details, just click the link here.
of the Woods
four years of medical 'adventures', I am now back to full health.
During this period, I managed to publish all the incoming news,
but not all the contributions to our the Photo Galleries, where
a large backlog has built up. Currently (New Year's Eve), I
am arranging a programme of walks for the South West in 2019.
After that, I intend to bring the Photo Galleries up to date.
(Jeff Vinter, Webmaster)
News Stories. Britain's old railways have never been
more in the news than they are today. Click here
and here for the latest stories,
or here for details of the various
campaigns which we are supporting.
on Facebook. Member Nigel Nicholds has brought us into
the realm of social media by setting up a Facebook page for
the club; you can access it here.
The General Data
Protection Regulation, 2018. The club has responded
to this new piece of legislation by updating its data protection
by following the link here.
navigate around our website using the menu at the top left of
this page, but the following links may be helpful:
News: Read what's been going on in 2018
and, soon, 2019.
The current year's news page is updated whenever a new story
comes in, which is usually at least once a week.
Photo Galleries: The last batch of additions (in
2016 and 2017) runs from galleries 117
starting with a series of pages on the
much-loved Somerset & Dorset Railway. Some new galleries
should be added early in 2019.
AGM: Our AGM page now
gives access to the minutes of our 2018 AGM. The 2019 AGM
will be held in Leeds on Saturday 18th May; see the spring
magazine (no. 161) for details.
Your Cake and Eat It: We still recommend the delights
Mum's Fruit Cake, a delicious rambler-reviving recipe.
(Try it and see.)
- Guided Busways:
This expensive and controversial idea is still circulating
in planning circles, so all credit to the local authorities
in Northern Ireland for saying 'No' to plans to concrete over
the popular and well-used Belfast to Comber cycle trail. However,
in January 2015, developers in Surrey spoke at a public meeting
in Cranleigh in favour of converting the equally popular Downs
Link bridleway between Cranleigh and Guildford into a guided
busway (see here).
Nothing more has been heard of this proposal, which may be
a good sign because guided busways have been far from an unqualified
success; click here
to read Christian Wolmar's assessment of the problematic
scheme between Cambridge and St. Ives.
- Message Board.
Our online message board can be accessed by clicking
the link here.
Any club member can post a message by entering the username
and password published in the quarterly magazine (just look
under 'Endnotes' in the back pages).
Railway Paths and the Online Gazetteer
online gazetteer is correct
to 31st October 2016, although corrections have been made to
rectify minor errors reported in 2017 and 2018. Changes to the
UK's railway path network after that date will be found on the
2016-2019 news pages. If and when a further edition of Vinter's
Railway Gazetteer is published (see Publications
page), those pages will supply all the updates required to both
versions, i.e. online and printed. Please note that The History
Press publishes the book version, so they will have the final
say as to whether a new edition appears. The 2017 edition sold
well, but what will make a new edition an attractive proposition
is an resumption of trail-building, which sadly is close to
suspended due to a decade of government austerity.
Standards for Railway Paths
You an Engineer? Club members come from all walks of
life and work in all sorts of spheres – including engineering.
If you are an engineer and your work involves designing cycling
link to the Sustrans Design manual could be very helpful.
The guidance for off-road trails, such as our favoured railway
paths, starts on page 22, but the whole gamut of of cycling provision
is covered here. Members who have been concerned recently about
the inconsiderate behaviour of a minority of cyclists will be
pleased to see that Sustrans emphasises that these trails are
for all users. (Economically, it makes no sense to do anything
else.) Any cyclist who tells you differently is talking nonsense;
the message is 'Share with care'.
|This website now runs to
over 300 pages, including the linked PDF documents, and we continue
to receive comments about its informativeness and value. We accept
that we are not offering an example of the latest web technology,
but our site was created donkeys' years ago when web technologies
were nowhere near as sophisticated as they are now. A resource
of this size, packed with this much detail, is never the work
of a single individual, and we remain indebted to all those contributors
who, either regularly or occasionally, keep us informed of developments
on old railways in their 'patches'. So long as we have information
feeds like these, we can continue to keep up the good work. Thank
you all; your efforts are greatly appreciated. (Jeff Vinter, Webmaster)
A trio of photographs from Cornwall's Mineral Tramways Project,
whose main trail runs from Devoran (near Truro) to Portreath.
The southern part of this route is based on the Redruth &
Chacewater Railway, but later the Portreath Tramroad is used to
reach the north coast. Top Left: When you drive west along
the A30 through the village of Scorrier, near Redruth, there's
no mistaking the location of the Portreath Tramroad thanks to
this sign, situated on the north side of the road at grid reference
SW 722446. Right and Bottom Left: The trackbed of the Redruth
& Chacewater Railway passes beneath the Truro-Falmouth branch,
just after it has left the GWR main line west of Truro station.
The masonry stumps in front of Carnon Viaduct are the piers from
Brunel's original viaduct, which was built with a timber superstructure.
The Falmouth branch was almost the last GWR line to have its timber
viaducts replaced, this work taking place during the 1930s. 6th
June 2011. (Jeff Vinter)