Reading

BOOKS

Caradon & Looe - The Canal, Railways and Mines

Michael Messenger (Twelveheads Press)

First published in 1978 and last revised in 2001, it is currently out of print but a revised and updated edition is in preparation.

 

This is the definitive history of the Liskeard & Looe Union Canal, the Liskeard & Caradon Railway and the Liskeard & Looe Railway and it has not been bettered for its depth of research and historical accuracy. It is also a very full history of the Caradon copper mines.

The Liskeard and Looe branch

Gerry Beale (Wild Swan Publications)

Published in 2000, this sumptuous book takes up the history of the line from 1909 when the GWR took over its operations.

 

The book details the development of the Liskeard and Looe branch from the time of the working agreement, through the period of GWR ownership and into the era of the nationalised railway system when the line became part of the British Railways (Western Region).

 

The text is based on much original research, using many company documents held in record offices and in private hands, but also leans on the recollections of the railwaymen who worked on the line in its postwar heyday. Due no doubt to its fascinating history, its unusual working practices and its location in a popular holiday area, the line was well recorded by many of the leading railway cameramen and the book is illustrated with a wealth of attractive photographs.

 

The book is out of print but copies can often be obtained through booksellers and online auctions.

Branch line to Looe

Vic Mitchell & Keith Smith (Middleton Press)

Part of Middleton Press’ well known series of branch line studies, this book is full of photographs charting the changing line’s history up to the mid 1990s.  First published in 1998, it was last reprinted in 2015 and is available direct from the publishers and from many other outlets.

The Great Western Railway in East Cornwall

Alan Bennett (Runpast Publishing)

Published in 1990, this book includes the Looe Valley Line in its overview of the GWR in east Cornwall.  Out of print but copies can often be obtained through booksellers and online auctions.

Railways of Looe and Caradon

J.M. Tolson, G.Roose and C.F.D. Whetmatch  (Forge Books)

Dating from 1974, this 90 page book gives a potted history of the line and the railways of the area. Long out of print but copies can often be obtained through booksellers and online auctions.

The Magic of the Liskeard to Looe Railway

By C.H.Bastin (Self-published)

Local enthusiast Colin Henry Bastin self-published a series of short books about local railways in the 80s and early 90s.  Included in each is a range of snippets, including transcribed press articles and often his own observation on the railway concerned. Some of material can only be found now in his books. Another in his series “End of the Line Part 3” also includes mention of the Looe branch.

 

Long out of print but copies can sometimes be obtained through booksellers and online auctions.

MORE TO EXPLORE

Looe station in 1950s - courtesy of The National Archives

PHOTOS

Historical images galore

All The Stations - Geoff Marshall and Vicki Pipe at Looe station recording The Looe Valley Line Story mini-series

DOCUMENTARY

Four-part mini series

Looe Valley Line Heritage app

APP

Free on iOS and Android

GWR train on the Looe Valley Line

VISIT

Come and explore the line

Local resident tells stories of the Looe Valley Line aboard the train

LOCAL STORIES

Memories from the local community

Volunteer at Liskeard station Platform 3 Information Centre

GET INVOLVED

Join our band of volunteers

Looe station in 1950s - courtesy of The National Archives

PHOTOS

Historical images galore

Looe Valley Line Heritage app

APP

Free on iOS and Android

All The Stations - Geoff Marshall and Vicki Pipe at Looe station recording The Looe Valley Line Story mini-series

DOCUMENTARY

Four-part mini series

GWR train on the Looe Valley Line

VISIT

Come and explore the line

Local resident tells stories of the Looe Valley Line aboard the train

LOCAL STORIES

Memories from the local community

Volunteer at Liskeard station Platform 3 Information Centre

GET INVOLVED

Join our band of volunteers

ABOUT THE HERITAGE PROJECT

The Looe Valley Line heritage project is brought to you by the Devon & Cornwall Rail Partnership.

 

It is funded by the GWR Customer and Communities Improvement Fund and the Designated Community Rail Development Fund, a joint initiative of the Department for Transport and ACoRP, the Association of Community Rail Partnerships.