Menheniot railway station
|Managed by||First Great Western|
|Number of platforms||2|
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|Original company||Cornwall Railway|
|Pre-grouping||Great Western Railway|
|Post-grouping||Great Western Railway|
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The station opened with the Cornwall Railway on 4 May 1859. It was described at the time as "of small extent, consisting of a departure station, a stone building, having a projecting roof thrown over the platform for the protection of passengers. At the 'arrival' side of the line a stone erection, with a covered seat, has been provided, but no enclosed room". The following year saw two cottages built for the use of the railway staff working here. The "stone erection" is still in existence, used as a waiting shelter.
The Cornwall Railway was amalgamated into the Great Western Railway on 1 July 1889. The Great Western Railway was nationalised into British Railways from 1 January 1948 which was privatised in the 1990s. Under British railways the staff were removed from the station, and from 17 May 2009 the station is only served on request. The station also has a new footbridge as from 17 May 2009.
On 2 December 1873 two goods trains arrived at the station where they could pass each other before resuming their journey on the single tracks towards St Germans and Liskeard. The crossing loop was not at that time equipped with starting signals. The train for the latter had a clear line and so the signalman called out "All right Dick," to the guard. Unfortunately the guard for the other train was also called Dick and so told his driver to start, but the line was not clear as another train was already on the way down from St Germans. Luckily, the train crews survived the resulting collision. The driver of the up train to St. Germans, Richard Hocking, died a few days later of his injuries, (tetanus, caused by scalding etc.), in hospital at Plymouth.
The accident illustrated the need for starting signals, block working, and some interlocking between the starting signals and the block instruments.
An accident occurred on 9 February 1897 during the reconstruction of Coldrennick Viaduct, which is situated just outside the station. A gang of 17 workmen were suspended below the viaduct on a platform when it broke away, throwing 12 of the men 140 feet to their deaths. Two of the gangers were criticised for not fixing safety chains and using poor quality wood for the platforms.
Another accident happened on 15 November 1897 during the reconstruction of nearby Treviddo Viaduct. On this occasion a rope gave way while five men were hoisting a wooden beam up onto the new viaduct. One of them let go of his rope too soon, this meant that the wood swung free and knocked two of the gang to their deaths.
Menheniot is served by a limited number of the First Great Western trains on the Cornish Main Line between Penzance and Plymouth, including a few that run through beyond Plymouth. It is only served on request which means that people wishing to alight need to inform the guard, and those wishing to join the train here need to signal clearly to the driver.
|Preceding station||National Rail||Following station|
|St Germans||First Great Western
Cornish Main Line
- MacDermot, E T (1931). History of the Great Western Railway, volume II 1863-1921. London: Great Western Railway.
- West Briton and Cornwall Advertiser, 1859 (Railway Special Edition)
- Bennett, Alan (1990). The Great Western Railway in East Cornwall. Cheltenham: Runpast Publishing. ISBN 1-870754-11-5.
- "National Rail Timetable 135 (Summer 2009)" (PDF). Network Rail. Retrieved 2009-05-11.
- Holgate, Mike (2006). Murder and Mystery on the Great Western Railway. Tiverton: Halsgrove. ISBN 1-84114-556-4.
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