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Author Topic: Journey to Looe and almost all the way back  (Read 1181 times)
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« Reply #15 on: March 27, 2020, 08:42:35 am »

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Padstow went because the view was taken that the roads and buses could cope.  It was as simple as that. 

I've also attached the report of the decisions from the following day's Western Morning News.  You'll recognise the name of the reporter.

Interesting to note that it was the Summer Saturday crowds issues that saved Newquay - from that newspaper article

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Certainly, if it is considered that buses would have difficulty in coping with peak week-end traffic at St. Ives, the same would surely be true at Newquay, where even this summer lengthy trains have disgorged hundreds of people together.

Also interested to read comment about removing the reversal at Coombe:

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Consideration might be given to abolishing the reversal at Coombe Junction on the Looe line by providing a direct line from Liskeard towards Looe; it is pity that the Ministry of Transport does not give grants for this kind of scheme so enable lines to be run more cheaply.

I believe the GWR had plans to build a branch from St. Germans to Looe in the mid 1930s but the outbreak of WW II put an end to the idea.
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« Reply #16 on: March 27, 2020, 09:14:09 am »

I believe the GWR had plans to build a branch from St. Germans to Looe in the mid 1930s but the outbreak of WW II put an end to the idea.

See https://spellerweb.net/rhindex/UKRH/GreatWestern/Narrowgauge/StGermansLooe.html - more text, pictures, map, etc

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... the Great Western Railway in 1935 projected a new 7-mile branch from Trerule Junction, just west of St. Germans on the Paddington to Penzance main line, to Looe. The line would have involved some quite heavy engineering works including ... [snip] ...Work commenced on the line 1937 but was suspended owing to World War II and never completed.
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