Tuesday, 10 March 2015

Inclined Planes

Historically Inclined Planes were used extensively in the Ironbridge Gorge to move heavy objects up and down slopes but mostly all that endures are indentations and grooves running down forested hillsides; however for those interested in Industrial archaeology the Hay Inclined Plane remains to show the infrastructure required to move tug boats up and down a hill.  I believe from rail buffs that these are not the originally rails that would have been used from 1792-1894 but some British Rail cast offs from the national railway system.  Also we need a modicum of imagination for I have been unable to find photographs or drawings of the box shaped tug boats being moved the 207 feet (63m) by gravity, one ascending and one descending on roped up wheeled cradles on the rails from here -

the Blists Hill waterway down to the

Coalport Canal (part of the Shropshire Canal system)
This is the point the tug boats would have run down and into the canal, still on the tracks, which looks rather dishevelled today.  Although the loaded boats were travelling downhill by gravity the brakes were operated by a winding drum operated by a small steam engine in this engine house
And here is a view of the unreconstructed rail system of the other track
It would be nice to see it running but from the Blists Hill miners track you can take a ride down an other inclined plane in another direction  
from the upper waterway whatever the weather in comfort sat in a trolley which leads to a re-creation of a Victorian Fair where one can indulge in a variety of rides.

An entry to ABC Wednesday, a journey through the alphabet, this week sojourning at I here


Reader Wil said...

Thank you for this interesting post. Have a great ,sunny week!
Wil, ABCW.

Lmkazmierczak said...

Very cool perspective on that first shot...interesting presentation♪ http://lauriekazmierczak.com/incline/

Su-sieee! Mac said...

That was an amazing feat getting that tugboat up and down that hill. Very impressive!
The View from the Top of the Ladder

Roger Owen Green said...

an IMPORTANT concept!

Roger Owen Green said...

an IMPORTANT concept!

Trubes said...

Most INTERESTING post Joy,
I've been to the IRON Bridge Museum, which I quite enjoyed but it was a filthy day, just poured and poured down with rain and we had two bored teenagers and a nine year old, who was as equally bored as her sisters, so all in all it wasn't the best day out, so visit abandoned and return to the hotel, the bored group headed for the hotel pool and had a wonderful time...not a beep out of them for the rest of the day....
Maybe when the weather improves we may pay another visit , thanks for sharing this interesting piece.
best wishes,
ABCW team.

Jane Hards Photography said...

I'm originally from the Black Country, so this is post I ca relate too.