Carbis Bay railway station

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Carbis Bay National Rail
Carbis Bay station 2009.jpg
Location
Place Carbis Bay
Local authority Cornwall
Coordinates 50°11′50″N 5°27′51″W / 50.19730°N 5.46424°W / 50.19730; -5.46424Coordinates: 50°11′50″N 5°27′51″W / 50.19730°N 5.46424°W / 50.19730; -5.46424
Grid reference SW528387
Operations
Station code CBB
Managed by Great Western Railway
Number of platforms 1
DfT category F2
Live arrivals/departures, station information and onward connections
from National Rail Enquiries
Annual rail passenger usage*
2011/12 Increase 0.207 million
2012/13 Decrease 0.199 million
2013/14 Increase 0.204 million
2014/15 Increase 0.232 million
2015/16 Decrease 0.191 million
History
Original company Great Western Railway
Opened 1877
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* Annual estimated passenger usage based on sales of tickets in stated financial year(s) which end or originate at Carbis Bay from Office of Rail and Road statistics. Methodology may vary year on year.
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Carbis Bay railway station is situated on the St Ives Bay Line in Cornwall, United Kingdom and serves village and beach of Carbis Bay, a community that only adopted this name after the arrival of the railway in 1877.

The station comprises a single platform. Carbis Viaduct is situated on the St Ives (west) side of the station.

History[edit]

The station was opened by the Great Western Railway on 1 June 1877 on their new branch line from St Erth to St Ives. The railway needed a viaduct to cross the small valley that carried Carbis Water down to the Baripper Cove. It was decided to build a station on the east side of the valley and call it Carbis Bay. The location proved popular with visitors and the small farms around Wheal Providence mine expanded to become the village of Carbis Bay, named after the station.[1]

The station buildings were not on the platform, rather they were at the top of the shallow cutting in which the station is built.[2] Goods traffic was withdrawn in May 1956.[3]

Description[edit]

The station is 3 miles (4.8 km) from St Erth. There is a single platform situated in a shallow cutting north of the road that leads down to the beach. It is on the left of trains arriving from St Erth. There is a small car park at the station entrance but a larger one is available a short distance away by the beach.

Services[edit]

All trains are operated by Great Western Railway. Most run between St Ives and St Erth, but some are extended through to Penzance.[4]

Preceding station National Rail National Rail Following station
Lelant   Great Western Railway
St Ives Bay Line
  St Ives

Carbis Viaduct[edit]

Carbis Viaduct looking north

Carbis Viaduct is a short distance beyond the station towards St Ives. It is built of granite from a nearby quarry at Towednack and has three piers supporting four 40 feet (12 m) arches, giving a total length of 78 yards (71 m); it is 78 feet (24 m) high.[2][5]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Bray, Lena; Bray, Donald (1992) [1981]. St Ives Heritage (Second ed.). Devoran: Landfall Publications. ISBN 1-873443-06-4. 
  2. ^ a b Bennett, Alan (1990) [1988]. The Great Western Railway in West Cornwall (2 ed.). Cheltenham: Runpast Publishing. ISBN 1-870754-12-3. 
  3. ^ Jenkins, Stanley C (1992). "the St Ives Branch". Great Western Railway Journal. Wild Swan Publications Ltd (Cornish Special Issue): 2–34. 
  4. ^ Table 144 National Rail timetable, May 2016
  5. ^ Jacobs, Gerald (2005). Railway Track Diagrams Book 3: Western. Bradford-on-Avon: Trackmaps. ISBN 0-9549866-1-X. 
This station offers access to the South West Coast Path
Distance to path 50 yards (46 m)
Next station anticlockwise St Ives 1 mile (2 km)
Next station clockwise Lelant 2 miles (3 km)