SK8032 : Once a narrow-gauge railway

taken 9 years ago, near to Belvoir, Leicestershire, Great Britain

Once a narrow-gauge railway
Once a narrow-gauge railway
It's hard to imagine that until 1958 metre-gauge locomotives (two of them French) hauled iron ore from quarries up ahead to SK7930 : Site of the terminus of the Eaton Branch along a track which ran close to Belvoir Road (on the other side of the hedge on the left). I stood where the rails once were to take this picture. The railway's curving course towards the quarries is shown more clearly in SK8132 : Faint traces of the ironstone railway at High Leys and can just be made out on the right of this picture, in the field below the Sir John's Belt wood.

For more about the Waltham Iron Ore Company railway, see SK7930 : Railway gatepost and old ironstone workings, SK7930 : Site of engine shed and tipping dock, Waltham Iron Ore Co Ltd and SK7930 : Railway Relic in the Undergrowth. The company's earlier quarries were east of Branston Road and west and south-west of Terrace Hills Farm. Old OS maps show how the railway developed over seventy-odd years.
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Date Taken
Wednesday, 29 April, 2009   (more nearby)
Submitted
Tuesday, 24 January, 2012
Geographical Context
Lowlands  Farm, Fishery, Market Gardening  Quarrying, Mining  Railways  Derelict, Disused 
Subject Location
OSGB36: geotagged! SK 8094 3227 [10m precision]
WGS84: 52:52.9088N 0:47.9199W
Camera Location
OSGB36: geotagged! SK 8092 3226
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Northeast (about 45 degrees)
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