This shot of an unidentified GWR Churchward 4300 class mogul dates from circa 1925 and shows the Penzance portion of the down Cornish Riviera Express approaching Marazion at the end of the single line section from St Erth. This section wasn't doubled until June 1929; (the final section of the Cornish main line, Scorrier to Redruth, wasn't doubled until April 1930). The view is from the bridge over the line at the east end of the station with Marazion Marsh behind the train & Marazion village in the hazy distance. The coaches are in the 1922 livery which suggests a mid-1920s date. The make-up of the train: Van 3rd, 3rd, Compo, Diner, Van 3rd, all 68/70ft vehicles, exactly matches that specified for the CRE in the GW's official 'Programme of Working of Coaches in Through trains' for the summer of 1925.
[E. A. Gurney-Smith / Mike Morant collection]
This image created quite a stir because of the puzzle as to the location. The solution came from members of the GWS, the GWR E-List and Mike Roach who kindly set the ball rolling. My (our) grateful thanks are extended to all of the contributors.