This site is a personal story, illustrated by photographic images of British railways in the region of 50 years ago. I have hundreds of photographs – mainly black and white – that will be added as I have time. They are mainly of West Cornwall where I was brought up, and my passion for railways developed. Eric Curnow, email@example.com.
Pictured above is ‘St Michael’s Mount’, with ‘Long Rock’ before it, that sits in the shallows of Mount’s Bay in the far west of Britain. ‘Long Rock’ provides a fitting link to the information on this site, in that it gave its name to the nearby village and, subsequently, a railway depot of the Great Western Railway. A wonderful local mix of railways and natural beauty!
In my thousands of visits to Long Rock’s “engine shed”, facing either way was quite a stimulation of the senses – the sight of railway workings alternating with the natural beauty around me; the taste and smell of the sea periodically mingling with diesel fumes; the churn of diesel engines turning over broken by the crash of waves or call of gulls; and the scrunch of railway track ballast little different from the churn of sand and pebbles on the foreshore. However, …
… within minutes there could be movement of a locomotive nearby, and that was the main attraction! These experiences were sufficient to draw me here on average two to three times a week for eight of my teenage years. Happy times and memories, for which I feel very blessed, and now I share on this website.
Pictures taken by myself are watermarked with the copyright © symbol. The others are from my collection, which I purchased believing they are originals, and now my property, but as they have been obtained second-hand, I cannot be 100% certain. If you are the photographer, please let me know so I can credit you; and if you believe any image is your copyright and are not happy with its inclusion, I will certainly remove it.