A report on St Ives Bay Line

St Ives circa 1890
Carbis Bay Viaduct
A sign at St Erth station informing passengers about the short turnaround times for the St Ives shuttle services
The special livery once carried by DMU 153329
Despite figures showing just 251 passengers in the previous year, 150233 finds more than 60 people waiting at Lelant Saltings in 2009.

4.25 mi railway line from to in Cornwall, England, United Kingdom.

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April in St Ives

St Ives, Cornwall

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Seaside town, civil parish and port in Cornwall, England.

Seaside town, civil parish and port in Cornwall, England.

April in St Ives
John Payne memorial, St Ives
Looking over St Ives
Rocky landscape
St Ives Harbour Beach (2011) by local artist Walter Scott (1974- )
Photochrom of St Ives, 1895
St Ives Fishing Fleet
Cornish Fishermen, The Quay, St Ives by Christopher Wood, 1928
Lifeboat station in the harbour
Porthgwidden Beach
The harbourfront in summer
St Ives Guildhall
Methodist Church, Fore Street
Knill's Monument, near St Ives, commemorating the mayor, John Knill
St Ives harbour and the sea beyond
St Ives station
St Ives harbour from the bus stop
The harbour and the lifeboat

The modern seaside resort developed as a result of the arrival of the St Ives Bay branch line from St Erth, part of the Great Western Railway in 1877.

The interior of Brunel's train-shed at Temple Meads, the first Bristol terminus of the GWR, from an engraving by J. C. Bourne.

Great Western Railway

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British railway company that linked London with the southwest and west of England, the West Midlands and most of Wales.

British railway company that linked London with the southwest and west of England, the West Midlands and most of Wales.

The interior of Brunel's train-shed at Temple Meads, the first Bristol terminus of the GWR, from an engraving by J. C. Bourne.
The Sonning Cutting in 1846
Route of the Great Western Railway on Cheffin's Map, 1850. The sweep to the north from Reading is clearly seen.
A broad-gauge train on mixed-gauge track
New corridor coaches on the Cornish Riviera Express
1923 saw the construction of the first of 171 Castle Class locomotives
Map of the system circa 1930
Maidenhead Railway Bridge
The Cheltenham Flyer was a GWR 'book for boys of all ages'.
One of the first road motors working a service from to The Lizard
Broad gauge Iron Duke Class locomotive Hirondelle, built in 1848
A coach in the chocolate and cream livery used from 1922
A GWR goods van in the grey livery used from about 1904. This one has end doors to allow motor cars to be loaded.
Baulk road track
Disc and crossbar signal
1934 camp coach brochure
Rain, Steam and Speed - The Great Western Railway, by Turner.
The Railway Station
A GWR seat at
The pedestrian crossing at Cockwood Steps, on the South Devon Main Line, retains a gate with GWR spear-type railings
The nameplate on First Great Western power car 43185
Isambard Kingdom Brunel's statue at Paddington station
A display commemorating Daniel Gooch at the National Railway Museum
Iron Duke's tender: Holly green with pea green lining
City of Truro: Middle Chrome green, orange lining and red frames
Nunney Castle: Middle Chrome green, orange lining and black frames
3850: Middle Chrome green, black frames but no lining

One final new broad-gauge route was opened on 1 June 1877, the St Ives branch in west Cornwall, although there was also a small extension at Sutton Harbour in Plymouth in 1879.

St Erth railway station

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Grade II listed station situated at Rose-an-Grouse in Cornwall, United Kingdom.

Grade II listed station situated at Rose-an-Grouse in Cornwall, United Kingdom.

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A train going to London passes the signal box as it leaves St Erth
A in the St Ives bay platform. The main line can be seen to the right.

It serves the nearby village of St Erth, which is about 0.75 mi away, and is the junction for the St Ives Bay Line to St Ives.

Sketch map showing Carbis Bay within St Ives Bay

Carbis Bay

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Seaside resort and village in Cornwall, England.

Seaside resort and village in Cornwall, England.

Sketch map showing Carbis Bay within St Ives Bay
Carbis Bay from St Ives
Carbis Bay parish church

Carbis Bay railway station, above the beach, is one of five railway stations on the St Ives Bay Line which joins the mainline at St Erth railway station, which is also at Rose-an-Grouse.

Map of the South West Coast Path

South West Coast Path

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England's longest waymarked long-distance footpath and a National Trail.

England's longest waymarked long-distance footpath and a National Trail.

Map of the South West Coast Path
South West Coast Path, stone sign near Studland
Sculpture at the start of the path in Minehead
The South West Coast Path passes along the cliffs (seen in the distance) at Ilfracombe, North Devon. The highest point in this view is Hillsborough (447 feet, 136 metres). Part of Ilfracombe is seen on the right.
Saunton Sands
The Haven, the Atlantic Ocean and the beach at Bude
The Rumps, on Pentire Point, North Cornwall, site of Iron Age cliff fortifications
An easterly view over Newquay Harbour with some of the surfing beaches in the background
The SWCP near Lelant looking towards Hayle Towans and Godrevy island
From Mussel Point over Wicca Pool and Porthzennor Cove to Zennor Head and Gurnard's Head beyond
Near Land's End, the most westerly point in mainland England
Wheal Prosper
Falmouth Harbour, National Maritime Museum Cornwall and Pendennis Castle
Withnoe (Main) Beach portion of Whitsand Bay
Plymouth Hoe from Mount Batten
Direction sign at Bigbury-on-Sea with Burgh Island in the background
On the Jurassic Coast between Exmouth and Budleigh Salterton
South West Coast Path in Torquay
Chesil Beach and Fortuneswell, looking north from the Isle of Portland
Sculpture at South Haven Point, Studland, at the anticlockwise end of the path
The coast path shares the South Devon Railway sea wall between Teignmouth and Dawlish Warren with long distance and Riviera Line trains

Rising back onto low cliffs, the path rounds Carrack Gladden and enters Carbis Bay, it then follows alongside the St Ives Bay railway line into St Ives; a bustling town favoured by artists since the 19th century, which is home to the Tate St Ives art gallery and the Barbara Hepworth Museum.

Sand dunes Near Lelant, Cornwall, by Walter Elmer Schofield

Lelant

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Village in west Cornwall, England, UK.

Village in west Cornwall, England, UK.

Sand dunes Near Lelant, Cornwall, by Walter Elmer Schofield
Lelant Church
St. Ives Bay Line running through the top of Porthkidney Beach
The South West Coast Path overlooking Porth Kidney in 2008 (the South West Coast Path passes through Lelant, along the estuary and above Porth Kidney Sands)
One of the crosses in the churchyard
Another cross in the churchyard
Woodlands cross

In the spring of 1875, during the building of the railway line between St Erth railway station and St Ives, several human skeletons, graves and a building were found by a gang of navvies.

West Cornwall Railway

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Railway company in Cornwall, Great Britain, formed in 1846 to construct a railway between Penzance and Truro.

Railway company in Cornwall, Great Britain, formed in 1846 to construct a railway between Penzance and Truro.

Hayle Railway System in 1837
West Cornwall Railway System in 1852
Truro railways in 1859
Truro railways in 1860
Truro railways in 1863
Hayle Viaduct in modern times
Active sections of the West Cornwall Railway at the present day

St Ives Road; renamed St Erth in 1877, when it became the junction for the newly opened branch line to St Ives

Sketch map of St Ives Bay

St Ives Bay

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Bay on the Atlantic coast of north-west Cornwall, England, United Kingdom.

Bay on the Atlantic coast of north-west Cornwall, England, United Kingdom.

Sketch map of St Ives Bay
The St Ives Bay Line
The South West Coast Path overlooking St Ives Bay

By rail: The Penzance to Plymouth Cornish Main Line railway passes south of the bay with stations at St Erth and Hayle and a branch, the St Ives Bay Line, runs from St Erth to St Ives.

River Hayle near St Erth (church tower in distance)

St Erth

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Civil parish and village in Cornwall, England.

Civil parish and village in Cornwall, England.

River Hayle near St Erth (church tower in distance)
The cross in the churchtown

It is also the junction for scenic St Ives Bay Line.

Cornish Riviera Express

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British express passenger train that has run between London Paddington and Penzance in Cornwall since 1904.

British express passenger train that has run between London Paddington and Penzance in Cornwall since 1904.

4038 Queen Berengaria near Acton with a London bound Cornish Riviera Express
6007 King William III on Wellington Bank with a westbound Cornish Riviera in August 1954
1071 Western Renown at Reading with a westbound Cornish Riviera in April 1976
First Great Western High Speed Train with a westbound Cornish Riviera at Exeter St Thomas in July 2015
Poster by Louis Burleigh Bruhl 1928

Other stops were made at Plymouth North Road, Gwinear Road (for the Helston branch), and St Erth (for the St Ives branch).