As part of the fact finding for my “Poldark” model railway, I took the opportunity to take some pictures of St Blazey and Par around which it’s based.
The railway workshop and railway operation at St Blazey was a sizable railway facility with erecting and repair shop, a fitting shop, smithy, boiler house, roundhouse engine shed, turntable, water tank, goods yard and marshalling yard. It was built in 1874, by Sir Samuel Morton Peto for the Cornwall Minerals Railway with ownership passing to Great Western Railway in 1877. In 1948, with the nationalisation of the railways, it passed to British Railways ownership. It is now operated by DB Schenker Rail.
Today, the engine sheds are industrial units and while the turntable is still present it is only used for visiting steam locomotives. The repair sheds are used for servicing diesels, passenger trains with the marshalling yard used to hold wagons.
The following pictures are from my visit in early April 2015. Click on any picture for a larger version.
First up, is the roundhouse engine shed. It featured nine sheds with rails leading to a turntable (below).
The rear of the Roundhouse buildings, showing the brick work and window detailing.
Along with the engine shed above, the railway works at St Blazey also included a erecting and repair shop, a fitting shop, a smithy, boiler house. These are opposite the engine sheds as seen in the next three pictures, the first showing the overall structure including chimney the second more focused on the main structure.
If you look carefully, you’ll also notice the architecture and detailing is identical on the brick, woodwork and bricks between the buildings. The hinges on the roundhouse doors, seen below, also remain on many of the fitting shop, a smithy, boiler house doors as do the window frames.
To round off the ancillary buildings, this picture illustrates the marvellous brickwork detailing on the side/end section of the fitting shops.
Not on the site of the above works, but at the nearby Par Station. This is Par Signal box, built in 1879 and built to the first GWR standard design. It’s now a Grade II-listed building.
Lastly, and back at St Blazey, the turntable. In first picture above – the roundhouse – you can see rails leading from each shed. These ran to the turntable which lies directly in front of it. The turntable is no longer in regular operation.
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