Redruth and Chasewater Railway

Redruth And Chasewater Railway

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The Redruth and Chasewater Railway, otherwise called the Redruth and Chacewater Railway using modern spelling, was a very early industrial railway line in Cornwall, England, UK that opened in 1825 and closed in 1915. It was built to a 4ft narrow gauge and ran half way across the Cornish peninsula from the port of Devoran on Restronguet Creek (off the Fal Estuary) to the mining areas around Redruth.


Early years

In the early years of the 19th century large quantities of minerals from the mines in West Cornwall were being carried by horse to the coast to be loaded onto ships. Due to the increasing quantities of minerals and the poor state of the trackways, a railway to link the mines around Gwennap with the coast near Devoran was authorised on 17 June 1824. The route went via Carharrack and down the Carnon Valley, via Bissoe.

The track was of 4ft (1.22m) gauge and used wrought iron rails attached to granite blocks by cast iron chairs; it was also the first use of edge rails in Cornwall. The official opening of the Redruth and Chasewater Railway was on 17 June 1826 when some of the proprietors travelled in three wagons...
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