Exploring the Tamar Valley Line – Feb 2017

A sunny Spring like morning in early February had me out walking to Calstock and looking for railway related things to photograph as reference material for the construction of Drakewalls OO which will be based on the branch line up to Gunnislake as it was up to the mid 1960’s.

Cemetery Lane Bridge

 The approach to a simple 12’3″  bridge not far South of Gunnislake Station – lots of foliage to model.
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Looking SW, the lane descends fairly steeply here.
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Cemetery Lane ID Plate nearly covered with ivy on NW side of bridge.
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Class 150 (Prob No.150122 ) on the 08:40 Plymouth – Gunnislake service passes over Cemetery Lane Bridge
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Darkey Lane Bridge

Darkey Lane Bridge is 6 chains further on from Cemetery Lane and appears to have been re-aligned and ‘raised’ at some point
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Modern Access has been provided at Darkey Lane
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Compare the sign to the older signage at Cemetery Lane 6 Chains further N
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Albaston

Photo Image Tamar Valley LineJust South of Albaston on the way to Calstock is a super photo spot with Dartmoor in the background
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Sandways Crossing

Sandways Crossing near Calstock, looking N towards Gunnislake. A favorite photography spot on the Tamar Valley Line or Callington Branch over the years, this location has to feature on Drakewalls. I’m tempted to add gates and a crossing keepers hut in miniature form, but then again… 
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A perfect setting and light to take railways photos – just needs a train ! Looking NE near Sandways Crossing. The white paint on the sectional rail sides helps to reduce expansion and resulting  track issues on hot days.
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Calstock

)The Tamar Inn, a great spot for some relaxation – I wonder how many of Col Stephens men enjoyed a drink here? 
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Soft morning lighting on the famous Calstock Viaduct across the River Tamar – Oh to have the space to model this in OO
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The Railway Line across the River Tamar on the Calstock Viaduct – To the right is where the Wagon lift used to be.
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A foot crossing allows access across the track at Calstock station with the usual sign – I remember these from a Depot visit when I was about 7 or 8 !
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Note the Chimney extension on this house next to the Calstock Viaduct
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A Ceramic Art Plaque commemorating the 100th Anniversary of the Tamar Valley Line by Rosie Fierek
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The full installation Commemorating the 100th Anniversary of the Tamar Valley Line by Rosie Fierek
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And there we have the end of the walk, thank you for coming along too and if you have any comments or questions please leave them below.

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