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Penlee Quarry, Newlyn

April 25, 2014

When I took a photo back in the early 1970s, I liked the industrial archaeology and in particular, the little industrial steam loco parked up and clearly out of use.

These days I can look things up on the wwww – wonderful world wide web – and discover more information.

So here is the photo.

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When I took this photo, more than forty years ago, I captioned it as ‘Newlyn Quarry’. In fact it was the Penlee Quarry at Newlyn.

Newlyn is a kind of western extension to England’s most westerly town of Penzance. It’s probably more famous for artists than for industrial archaeology but mineral extraction had been carried out since the early years of the nineteenth century.

The quarry railway dates from 1900 by which time aggregate for concrete was being extracted as well as huge rocks known as ‘armour stone’. The railway was able to transport the products to Newlyn Quay for transfer to ships.

It’s clear that work was still going on when the photo was taken, but the little loco was on a plinth and not in use. In fact the loco came when the line opened, having been made in Germany and called Koppel. Later it was renamed Penlee and it had been withdrawn as long ago as 1946.

The good news is that the loco still exists – at Leighton Buzzard.