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9 Features
Penlee Quarry Railway Opens   (14 December 1902)

It's 1902 and following a strike at the quarry James Runnalls has decided he needs more modern haulage to get his stone to Newlyn harbour.....

All aboard for all points up country   (21 October 1882)

It’s Saturday evening, and the departure platform at Penzance is packed with 60 people.

Penzance to Aberdeen Press Special   (3 October 1921)

This is Penzance. This is Penzance. The train now standing at platform 1 is the 10.00 am train for Paddington. Passengers for Aberdeen please board the rear two carriages. This train calls at St Erth, Hayle, Camborne..........arriving in Aberdeen at 8.35 tomorrow morning. 

Skimbleshanks at St Erth?   (11 September 1933)

“Bubbles" is missing! Of unimpeachable character, utterly blameless, attentive to his duties. The perfect employee. Kidnapping suspected.  

Feeding the Traffic on the Great Western Railway   (19 August 1903)

It's 1903 and the GWR in 'branching out', God's Wonderful Railway is introducing motor cars, charabancs, buses, call them what you will, to link Helston to Lizard.........

St Ives Branchline Opens   (1 June 1877)

The St Erth to St Ives branchline was the last new broad gauge line to be built in Britain and celebrates its 140th anniversary this year (2017).

West Cornwall Railway from Penzance to Redruth Opens   (11 March 1852)

On 10th March 1852 the Cornish Telegraph published the timetable for the Penzance to Redruth railway which was to re-open the next day...........

Broad gauge Reaches Penzance   (1 March 1867)

1st March 1867 saw the first broad gauge passenger train from Plymouth to Penzance. The availability of broad gauge all the way to Penzance opened the way for through trains from Paddington to Penzance.................

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Penwith Local History Group

c/o Morrab Library
Morrab Gardens
Penzance, Cornwall
TR18 4DA

Penwith Local History Group, Penzance, Cornwall
Penwith Local History Group
Penzance, Cornwall

The Morrab Library showing the new extension
The Morrab Library showing the new extension.
Photo Glyn Richards

<br>Causeway to St Michael's Mount on the ebb tide., Penwith Local History Group
This month's featured photograph:

Causeway to St Michael's Mount on the ebb tide.

Photograph by Ted Mole

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<br>Coastline near Zennor., Penwith Local History Group<br>Chysauster looking east to Mulfra Hill., Penwith Local History Group<br>St Michael's Mount from the Coast Path by Penzance station., Penwith Local History Group<br>Marazion from St Michael's Mount., Penwith Local History Group<br>Greenburrow Engine House, Ding Dong Mine., Penwith Local History Group<br>Marazion from St Michael's Mount, Trencrom on skyline., Penwith Local History Group<br>Three of the Nine Maidens, Zennor Hill in background., Penwith Local History Group<br>Levant Mine from the south showing the leat in the foreground, left to right the calciner, stamps and compressor stacks and the whim and pumping engine houses in the centre with the Skip Shaft headframe., Penwith Local History Group<br>Higher Bal, Levant Mine. Engine house for dual purpose pumping and winding engine. Stonecrop in foreground., Penwith Local History Group<br>Men-an-Tol., Penwith Local History Group<br>The Nine Maidens Stone Circle., Penwith Local History Group