From Lostwithiel to the China Clay Rails

From Lostwithiel to the China Clay Rails

Product no.: 978-1-78155-542-2
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  • Discover places such as Gunheath, Carbean Siding, Carbis Wharf, Melador Mill and Lower Lansalson. Just five examples of the many locations a world away from the passenger railway. Known and visited by few, they all have a fascinating story to tell
  • Many previously unpublished images and a great number updated by a return visit to the exact location
  • Original analysis with some startling conclusions where history and the present day and brought together
  • Unique – see where a high-speed train crawls along a railway originally built as a horse-drawn tramway

From Lostwithiel to the China Clay Rails takes the reader on a train journey from the estuary of the River Fowey to the port of Par, thence on a circular tour across the spine of Cornwall to the Atlantic Coast at Newquay and back, travelling through the heart of china clay country. Over a period of fifty years from the 1960s, author Bernard Mills visits many of the china clay lines now long gone with many jaw-dropping images taken then and now, showing the great changes both on and off the rails. A host of memories are recalled and updated in this treasure chest of extremely rare colour material, mostly previously unpublished, and almost all taken by the author.


Bernard Mills is a semi-retired railway man with over fifty years’ service. He is also a dedicated railway enthusiast who has been photographing trains and railways in colour for over half a century. With a wealth of experience, Mills is an acclaimed speaker on the subject with popular digital slide shows and is the author of much sought-after railway books. He has been happily married to Audrey for over thirty years.

Dimensions: 248 x 172 mm
Binding: paperback
Extent: 144 pages
Illustrations: 196 colour photographs

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