SK7827 : The Eaton Branch near White Lodge

taken 7 years ago, near to Goadby Marwood, Leicestershire, Great Britain

The Eaton Branch near White Lodge
The Eaton Branch near White Lodge
The Great Northern Railway built its Scalford to Eaton Branch - shown by the line of trees straight ahead - in the 1880s, to serve the many iron ore quarries in the Eaton area. It also built a short sub-branch and laid sidings south west of White Lodge in an attempt to encourage the Eastwell Iron Ore Co to use the standard-gauge Eaton Branch rather than its own narrow-gauge incline at Harby Hill LinkExternal link. However, Eastwell continued to use the incline (till 1960) and the short GN line, which diverged behind the left-hand tree, was probably never used. However, from 1903 the Eastwell opened new quarries around White Lodge and used the GNR formation for an extension ultimately to Branston, through a tunnel under the Eaton Branch of its 3ft-gauge tramway. Trains last used the Eastwell line (the remains of its cutting hidden in the undergrowth away to the left) in 1960 and the Eaton Branch a few years later.
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Date Taken
Thursday, 17 June, 2010   (more nearby)
Submitted
Sunday, 20 June, 2010
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Railway (dismantled)   (more nearby)
Subject Location
OSGB36: geotagged! SK 789 275 [100m precision]
WGS84: 52:50.3809N 0:49.7267W
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OSGB36: geotagged! SK 789 275
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East-northeast (about 67 degrees)
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