NZ6002 : Ingleby Incline (4)

taken 10 years ago, 4 km from Urra, North Yorkshire, Great Britain

Ingleby Incline (4)
Ingleby Incline (4)
The very top of the incline. Opened to railway traffic in March 1861 the incline was an essential part of the Rosedale railway by which ironstone from the Rosedale mines was transported to the banks of the River Tees for processing.
Although ironstone had previously been worked in the area by mediaeval monks, it was not until the early 1850s that commercial exploitation began. Initially, small quantities of ore were transported down the valley by horse and cart. In 1861 a railway connecting the mines and calcining kilns at Bank Top on the west side of Rosedale had been constructed running for 11 miles along the moor top around the head of Farndale before descending the incline to Battersby Junction. From here the calcined ore was transported to blast furnaces at Grosmont or Middlesbrough.
Ingleby Incline is nearly a mile in length with a gradient of 1 in 11 to 1 in 5. Three loaded ore wagons were lowered down the incline with the aid of wire ropes passing round huge drums. The loaded descending wagons pulled up a set of empty ones at a speed of 20 mph, the journey taking about three minutes.
In spite of catch-points being installed at the top and bottom of the incline there were numerous accidents during the course of its lifetime. Runaway wagons gained a considerable speed as they descended, often smashing into the buildings at the bottom.
The First World War brought about a reduction in iron mining in North East Yorkshire and this, coupled with the import of high quality foreign ores led to the closure of the Rosedale mines in 1926. The last train was lowered down Ingleby Incline on 8th June 1929; the railway was officially closed five days later.
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NZ6002, 27 images   (more nearby )
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Date Taken
Friday, 28 December, 2007   (more nearby)
Submitted
Saturday, 29 December, 2007
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Railway (dismantled)   (more nearby)
Subject Location
OSGB36: geotagged! NZ 608 025 [100m precision]
WGS84: 54:24.8594N 1:3.8791W
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OSGB36: geotagged! NZ 608 025
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Northwest (about 315 degrees)
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