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Poldice tramway (or plateway)
Posted: 09/12/2008 13:31:12
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I am trying to determine the exact course of the Poldice tramway. There are a hundred internet pages on cycle routes named after it, but that might not be the same thing.

North of Scorrier the course of it is fairly easily guessable because of the bridle path that follows a nice curving contour course, but south of the old Turnpike road it is much more difficult, even to work out which mines it served.

Can anyone help? There are a couple of reference books referred to in this site, and I will get them if necessary, but I am nervous that they might only repeat the inadequare information I already have.


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Posted: 09/12/2008 13:37:52
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Have you tried following it on Old Maps UK? You can look at the 6 inch scale maps circa 1890 (the dates vary from area to area).

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Poldice tramway (or plateway)
Posted: 09/12/2008 13:56:12
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The course of the tram' south of the turnpike ran through the Scorrier Estate. The path has been diverted from this partly on the wishes of the estate owner and to avoid a nasty junction with a busy road ( that leads to St Day ). After that it can be followed to its terminus at Poldice. The diversion is about half a mile long.

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Poldice tramway (or plateway)
Posted: 09/12/2008 14:18:36
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Two helpful replies within half an hour. As a newcomer to this site, I am impressed.

Yes, I am familiar with the Old Maps site, but their image size is just too small to make out enough detail. At 10 to 15 pounds for a little tiny area of mapping, actually buying the maps is not feasible. Maybe a trip to Truro for the reference library is the answer.

Thanks again

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Posted: 09/12/2008 14:23:58
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You will also find maps at The Cornwall Centre Redruth plus a larger selection of books

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Posted: 09/12/2008 14:37:05
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Afterbrunel wrote:



Yes, I am familiar with the Old Maps site, but their image size is just too small to make out enough detail.




You used to be able to zoom in on one edition of the maps they sell, it was outlined in orange.

I have just checked!

I did a search for Truro (being first name that popped into my head!).

It brings up a page with a drop down box with matches (in case of Truro it was only one anyway). Click on the appropriate one.

This takes you to a new page with a map in the middle plus a row of boxes of different maps along the bottom, one is highlighted in orange. Click on that.

This map now appears in middle box.

To right of this there are 4 buttons (Add to Cart, Refresh thumbnail, View Cart, and Enlarge Map). Click on Enlarge Map. This will opn in a new window (ensure it is not blocked by pop-up blocker).

This new window shows that map at quite a large size.

If you find you want to move out of that area (outside scrolling area I mean) you have to go back to the other page, move that around and clik the enlarge map button again.

I have found them normally quite readable.

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Posted: 09/12/2008 14:53:08
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spitfire wrote:

You will also find maps at The Cornwall Centre Redruth plus a larger selection of books


I would think this the best place to look. They have the 1880 OS 25 inch to the mile on microfiche. Might be worth a look. The printouts aren't always of the best quality.

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Posted: 09/12/2008 19:50:47
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Thanks again to those who replied. I am hoping to visit the location in January, and a visit to Redruth will be on the agenda.

Meanwhile, thanks to JohnnearCfn -- oh, I see, John who lives near Caernarfon -- for the instruction about popups. I've been using the Old Maps site for ages and cursing their small image size; until now my pop-up blocker has been stopping the large image from showing. Thank you.

Also I have another lead that I shall be following up.

Thanks again to all who have replied (and to anyone else who may be about to reply.

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