SK7628 : Harby Hills: site of former ironstone railway incline

taken 15 years ago, near to Eastwell, Leicestershire, England

Harby Hills: site of former ironstone railway incline
Harby Hills: site of former ironstone railway incline
From 1880 until 1959 the Eastwell Iron Ore Company used a 3ft-gauge steam railway to take ore from quarries in the Eastwell, Goadby Marwood and Branston areas to a tipping dock on the standard-gauge GN&LNWR Joint Railway from Market Harborough to Newark and Nottingham, which ran roughly N-S in the Vale of Belvoir, close to the Harby Hills. The Eastwell company's wagons of ore were carried down the steep slope of the escarpment by a cable-operated incline which brought the empties back up at the same time; its summit was at SK763287 Link and the tipping dock and interchange sidings at SK759293 (see One-inch Sheet 122 of 1953); the engine shed and workshops were at SK766285. This photograph is taken from half-way down the former incline, which ran beside the hedge running NW in the left middle distance, directly ahead of the photographer. The line of the standard gauge railway is shown by the hedge running from left to right in the middle distance; the new white-roofed barn is on the site of some of the exchange sidings. I remember this incline so clearly from my childhood, but it is hard from the little evidence left to imagine it now. This is a lovely view across the Vale of Belvoir towards Nottingham (on the left horizon).

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Date Taken
Wednesday, 29 April, 2009   (more nearby)
Friday, 26 June, 2009
Subject Location
OSGB36: geotagged! SK 761 289 [100m precision]
WGS84: 52:51.1765N 0:52.2358W
Camera Location
OSGB36: geotagged! SK 763 288
View Direction
Northwest (about 315 degrees)
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Image classification(about): Geograph (Second Visitor for SK7628)
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