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Monument record MDR9458 - Incline wheel pit & rope guides, Middleton Top, Cromford & High Peak Railway

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Rectangular brick and stone underground structure, approximately 14m x 7m. The structure houses the wheel and rope machinery for hauling the locomotives up the incline; the machinery is powered from the engine and boiler houses. The wheel is approximately 1m diameter and fixed to the side of the engine house. The wheel is made of iron and acted as a rope-guide for the ropes which exited the engine house. The ropes were set in motion by the engine house, which then pulled the wheel pit machinery which, in turn, pulled more ropes and wheels. (1-6)

Sources/Archives (6)

  • <1> Archive: Jessop, O. 2003. Cromford & High Peak Railway and Peak Forest Tramway Survey. ARCUS 738b. Feature number: 114.
  • <2> Photograph: ARCUS. 2003. Cromford & High Peak Railway and Peak Forest Tramway Survey, Project 738b. Digital photograph. pp 164-5.
  • <3> Bibliographic reference: Rimmer, A. 1998. The Cromford and High Peak Railway. pp 13, 37, 38, 43, 82, 84, 104.
  • <4> Bibliographic reference: Jones, N & Bentley, M. 2000. 'Onwards to Cromford and High Peak Junction', Scenes from the Past, 37. pp 29-31, 35, 39, 41, 43, 45.
  • <5> Bibliographic reference: Marshall, J. 1996. The Cromford & High Peak Railway. pp 2, 14.
  • <6> Bibliographic reference: Coleford, I C. 1996. The Cromford and High Peak Railway. p 22.



Grid reference SK 27607 55186 (point) (Approximate)

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Related Events/Activities (3)

  • EDR1790
  • EDR3859
  • EDR2789

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Record last edited

Dec 14 2017 4:45PM

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