From Lostwithiel to the China Clay Rails

Author(s): Bernard Mills 

ISBN: 9781781555422
£13.29 £18.99

The changing scene of the Cornish white hills and their railways.
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  • Discover places such as Gunheath, Carbean Siding, Carbis Wharf, Melador Mill and Lower Lansalson. Just five examples of the many locations a world away from the passenger railway. Known and visited by few, they all have a fascinating story to tell
  • Many previously unpublished images and a great number updated by a return visit to the exact location
  • Original analysis with some startling conclusions where history and the present day and brought together
  • Unique – see where a high-speed train crawls along a railway originally built as a horse-drawn tramway

From Lostwithiel to the China Clay Rails takes the reader on a train journey from the estuary of the River Fowey to the port of Par, thence on a circular tour across the spine of Cornwall to the Atlantic Coast at Newquay and back, travelling through the heart of china clay country.

Over a period of fifty years from the 1960s, author Bernard Mills visits many of the china clay lines now long gone with many jaw-dropping images taken then and now, showing the great changes both on and off the rails. A host of memories are recalled and updated in this treasure chest of extremely rare colour material, mostly previously unpublished, and almost all taken by the author.

BOOK ISBN 9781781555422
FORMAT 248 x 172 mm
BINDING Paperback
PAGES 144 pages
ILLUSTRATIONS 196 colour photographs



Bernard Mills, a lifelong railway enthusiast, historian and photographer, spent all his working life of forty-nine years on the railway. Retiring in July 2008, Mills continues to work part-time for First Great Western. Happily married, Mills lives in the delightful village of Buckland Monachorum in rural Devon. Founder member of the Plym Valley Railway, he had the honour of opening their new station at Plym Bridge in December 2012.