Steam hauled train crossing the Links
Notes by Keddie Law
On the Links to the left of the locomotive you can see the top of the tunnel used by the tourist miniature railway that ran alongside the main railway line for a number of years. The two lines going off to the right led to a series of railway sidings on ground behind the breakwater. A spur led to the docks where bauxite, imported from West Africa, was unloaded from ore carriers and taken by railway wagons to the British Aluminium (later Alcan) plant. Latterly, the transfer was effected by lorry rather than by rail due to rising costs. Most of the remaining railway lines and sidings were lifted in 2005, and will be used by a railway preservation society.