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Branch Lines of Cornwall DVD


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1st Take’s series on the branch lines of England now continues its voyage of discovery on the very edge of the country, a stunning peninsula, in which no location is more than twenty miles from the sea – Cornwall.

With the help of Les Whaley, Chairman of the Launceston Railway Circle, this film explores the old routes of the Great Western Railway (GWR) and London and South Western Railway (LSWR), beginning at Gunnislake on the Tamar Valley Line and then travelling around the entire county.

The development of railways in Cornwall is closely associated with the county’s mining traditions.

This is revealed with a visit to the striking landscape in the area of Minions, the highest village in Cornwall, where the Liskeard & Caradon Railway once ran.

There are also tributes to other lines which have long since closed, such as the North Cornwall Railway, inspired by the desire to attract tourists to the area, and which crossed the county from Launceston to Padstow.

The Bude Branch, which ventured over the Devon border.

Plus the Lostwithiel & Fowey Railway, which has been closed to passengers since 1965, but still conveys china clay traffic.

Happily, some of the old branch lines are still in to passenger service today such as the:

Attractive Tamar Valley Line, which ventures over the border from Devon.

The Atlantic Coast Line from Par to Newquay.

The enchanting Looe Valley Line, which links the market town of Liskeard with the beautiful fishing port and resort of Looe.

The Maritime Line from Truro to Falmouth.

The St Ives Bay Railway, Cornwall’s busiest branch line, which is among the most scenic railways in Britain.

All of these are featured with superb modern film, comparisons with historic photographs and informed commentary.

The film also includes excerpts of high quality 16mm archive footage from the 1960s and 1970s.

Plus interviews with people who have created successful heritage lines in Cornwall.

With enjoyable visits to:

Launceston Steam Railway.

The Bodmin & Wenford Railway.

Helston Railway.

As well as a delightful miniature gauge system at Hidden Valley.

This stunning DVD, enhanced by rare archive images and excerpts of historic film, will delight railway enthusiasts everywhere!

The programme is an essential addition to your collection of railway films and will be appreciated by anyone who has ever been dazzled by the beauty of the magical county of Cornwall.

Approx. 109 minutes.

This dvd is being sold on behalf of and with full permission of the copyright owner – 1st Take.