1 Tres Skoren Porthtreth a'n Hens Horn
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A series of caches along the Portreath Branch line mining trail. Ideal for biking and down hill if done in number order
In 1836 the Hayle Railway was constructed to link the engineering works and harbour quays at Hayle with the copper mines around Camborne and Redruth. It had two major branches, the one up to the Tresavean mine above Lanner and the other down to the port
of Portreath. The line was standard gauge (4’ 8 ½”) and used steam locomotives from the start. The steam hauled section to Portreath terminated at the top of the hill and was connected to the port by a massive incline. The Portreath Incline was double tracked and wagons were raised and lowered from and to the harbour by a stationary steam engine mounted at the top.
The Portreath branch continued as a successful freight line until its closure in 1936.