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Looe Valley Line:
Moorswater Section & Viaduct

The Liskeard and Looe Railway originally went to Moorswater, and joined with the Liskeard & Caradon Railway, for the transportation of granite and copper down from the quarries and mines on Bodmin Moor. The link up to Liskeard Main Line and the rest of the rail network was completed in 1901, with the junction at Coombe. When the L&CR was closed, the line up to Moorswater remained and became a mineral line serving the new China Clay dries that were supplied with china clay in slurry form gravity-fed down from the clay pits on Bodmin Moor, for processing in the dries before onward transportation in powder form by rail. The china clay dries closed in the 1990s, and a cement depot took its place, with occasional mineral trains only.

Moorswater line from Coombe Junction Halt
The old mineral line is the continuation of the line past Coombe Junction Halt

Moorswater line from Coombe
The old mineral line looking up towards Moorswater Viaduct and the old Moorswater China Clay Dries

Moorswater Viaduct
The Moorswater Viaduct carrying the main line to Penzance
(the mineral line passes under this behind the tree line and river)

Moorswater Viaduct
View of the Moorswater Viaduct from the north side. The mineral line runs under to the right of the photo.


Moorswater Viaduct - old and new. The old viaduct was built originally in 1867 and had a wooden structure atop,
and was replaced with the new viaduct in 1881 with stone and cast iron parapets.

Moorswater Viaduct
Moorswater Viaduct

Moorswater Viaduct
The old viaduct piers, now listed, are almost like an old cathedral

Moorswater Viaduct
Six of the old piers still stand

Entrance to Moorswater Cement Works
The entrance to the old Moorswater China Clay Dries, now converted to a Cement Works

Moorswater Cement Works
Into the Moorswater Cement Works

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