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Monument record MDR9563 - Incline approach sidings (site of), Top o' th' Plane Complex, Peak Forest Tramway, Chapel-en-le-Frith

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Full Description

The Top o' th' Plain Brake Tower was used to control movement on the incline, it also housed the 'screw-brake' to control the speed of the incline drum. The incline drum was 18' (5.4 metres) diameter of wood with an iron rim. A sign or signal at the foot of the incline was used to show when wagons were attached to the incline rope; in misty weather a bell was used. The bulk of the traffic was down - limestone, lime etc, and a large number of empty wagons were used to 'balance' the loaded wagons. Demolished approximately 1927. (10) This is a long narrow triangular site running south-east from the head of the inclined plane. At the incline approach sidings, loaded wagons were assembled into short 'gangs' to be lowered down the plane under gravity, attached to the cable wound round the elevated braking drum, and thence to a lighter 'gang' of empty wagons waiting at Townend, at the foot of the plane. Once arrived at the top, the raised wagons were assembled into longer 'gangs' for onward horse haulage to destinations towards Doveholes. Being adjacent to the Ashbourne Lane from Chapel-en-le-Frith, this was a convenient location for the ancillary workshops located in the south-east corner of the site. (11)

Sources/Archives (11)

  • <1> Photograph: ARCUS. 2003. Cromford & High Peak Railway and Peak Forest Tramway Survey, Project 738b. Digital photograph. p 65.
  • <2> Bibliographic reference: Lamb, B. 1968. 'The canal, Bugsworth complex and tramway: a discourse in maps', The Peak Forest Canal and Tramway.
  • <3> Unpublished document: Findlow, A (Inland Waterways Preservation Society). 2001. An Assessment of the Archaeological and Historical Significance of Bugsworth Basin. p 44.
  • <4> Bibliographic reference: Nicholson, C P & Barnes, P. 1975. Railways in the Peak District. p 14.
  • <5> Article in serial: Clowes, P. 1963. 'The Peak Forest Limestone Trackway'. The Railway Magazine 109. 109. pp 615-616.
  • <6> Bibliographic reference: Ripley, D. 1989. The Peak Forest Tramway (1794-1936). p 21, 42.
  • <7> Map: Ordnance Survey (OS). 2003. OS Landline (2003) from EDINA Digimap. 1:2000.
  • <8> Map: Ordnance Survey (OS). 1882. OS County Series, 1st edition, scale 1:2500 (c. 25" to one mile). Derbyshire IX.13.
  • <9> Map: OS. 2002. OS Explorer OL1 (2002).
  • <10> Index: Council for British Archaeology (CBA). CBA Industrial Archaeology Report Card. Brake tower; 1965.
  • <11> Unpublished document: Duckworth, S, Jessop, O and A Badcock (ARCUS). 2006. Conservation Management Plan, Peak Forest Tramway, Derbyshire. Feature No. 36a.



Grid reference Centred SK 06844 80315 (166m by 115m)

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May 7 2020 4:51PM

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