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Author Theft from Caradon Railway, St Cleer
Alec

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Theft from Caradon Railway, St Cleer
Posted: 07/08/2017 21:23:44
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I regret to have to report the theft of a GWR cast-iron boundary marker from the trackside of the former Caradon branch line at what is now the Memorial Hall at St Cleer.

Although markers of this type are (relatively) common survivors, this example was a rare find indeed on the Caradon line, dating possibly from the 1909 takeover and subsequent resurvey by the GWR, or the installation of the new loop siding at St Cleer in 1911. The marker may have been installed to indicate the extent of the additional land parcel purchased to accommodate the siding.

The marker was a standard GWR fitting, being comprised of a cast iron top with cast lettering, fixed to a length of broad gauge bridge rail with a tee piece to secure it in the ground. The marker was undated- many if not most show a cast year date. It was exposed in an approved exploratory dig, left in situ and deeply buried once again. The thieves dug a large hole, removed the entire marker, and replaced it with a large rock.

The theft has been reported to the Police.

The marker's only value was when it was in-situ as it helped to interpret the GWR era at this location, about which comparatively little is known. We suspect the thief was relatively well-informed.

Please keep an eye open for it, everyone - the Caradon line trackbed is an integral part of the World Heritage Site.

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Theft from Caradon Railway, St Cleer
Posted: 07/08/2017 21:44:47
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I've put this onto local Cornish industrial history site. IP: 86.140.68.119
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Theft from Caradon Railway, St Cleer
Posted: 07/08/2017 21:51:51
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Do you have a photo of the actual stone that I can post please? IP: 86.140.68.119
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Theft from Caradon Railway, St Cleer
Posted: 07/08/2017 22:01:09
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Many thanks for such a prompt and helpful response - really appreciated!

The marker isn't a stone as such - it's a standard GWR cast iron disc, with raised cast lettering, mounted on a short length of surplus broad gauge rail. I now have to confess that I can't make the photo upload system work on this site as my only picture of the marker is held on my hard drive and not on a webpage!

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Theft from Caradon Railway, St Cleer
Posted: 07/08/2017 23:42:09
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Lots of examples here:

https://www.google.co.uk/search?hl=en&site=imghp&tbm=isch&source=hp&biw=1280&bih=670&q=gwr+boundary+marker&oq=gwr+boundary+marker&gs_l=img.3..0j0i24k1.1429.7072.0.7426.20.20.0.0.0.0.209.1626.16j2j1.19.0....0...1.1.64.img..1.19.1617.0..35i39k1j0i8i30k1.G_mtlNf6UpU
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Theft from Caradon Railway, St Cleer
Posted: 07/08/2017 23:49:34
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Alec wrote:

I regret to have to report the theft of a GWR cast-iron boundary marker ...

You might consider posting details of this theft on the UK Railway national preservation forum https://www.national-preservation.com - there's a 'Thief Watch' section on the forum for notices of stolen items.

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Theft from Caradon Railway, St Cleer
Posted: 08/08/2017 10:47:49
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Thank you everyone. The image bank link was very helpful - as a standard Swindon item, the stolen boundary marker is the same configuration as those shown, although the date casting was not included.

I too had visualised the thief, except I had another picture in mind!

Please keep watch, everyone - and thanks again.

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