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In the picture #7

November 25th, 2007

Railway arch at the Great Consul

This week Eddie Dyke has been in touch to take the investigations into the Great Devon Consol a little further.

During it’s hey day, the mine owners built a narrow gauge railway to transport the dressed copper ore to Morwellham to be loaded onto barges and shipped to Plymouth where it would be distributed world wide.

‘It’s known that there were two steam engines working the line from Chipshop to Morwellham,’ Eddie told the PRSD. ‘And legend has it that they are still sleeping somewhere deep in the forests that were once such a hive of industrial activity, though to my knowledge no body has yet found them.

‘I’ve walked a great deal of what was the railway, or tramway as the Victorians called it, and although things like the rails have long succumbed to scrap mercants, there are still a few architectural bits and bobs to be seen.’

If you’ve got your own views or just some interesting pictures send them in or upload them to the PRSD gallery.

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