Source: Cornish Guardian
A BOOK about the former Bodmin and Wadebridge railway line, now better known as the Camel Trail, has been recognised with a national award.
The Bodmin & Wadebridge Railway, by Michael Messenger, and published by Twelveheads Press, has been awarded the Railway Book of the Year Award by the Railway & Canal Historical Society, at a presentation in Newcastle.
The judges said it was "a model of how the history of a railway should be written".
The book was shortlisted last year for the Holyer an Gof Awards of the Cornish Gorsedd.
It tells how the pioneering railway was opened in 1834 as one of Britain's earliest steam railways and how it encouraged the farming, mining and quarrying communities to flourish in this part of North Cornwall.
It was connected to the national railway system in 1895.
Author Michael Messenger, from Chacewater, said that, while it had been hard work, he thoroughly enjoyed researching and writing the book.
He said: "It was such an individual railway and very much part of the local community.
"It is not just the story of a railway but of part of Cornwall, and it was good to be recognised by one's peers."
He has also written Caradon & Looe; The Canal, Railways And Mines, the history of the Liskeard & Caradon Railway and the Liskeard & Looe Canal.
The Railway & Canal Historical Society was founded in 1954 by historian Charles Clinker, who lived at Padstow.
Read more at http://www.cornishguardian.co.uk/Railway-book-model-example/story-21092015-detail/story.html#yxCHMyAj5EyOcAEs.99
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