SE7423 : Coal Wagon Hoist, Railway Dock

taken 3 years ago, near to Goole, East Riding of Yorkshire, Great Britain

Coal Wagon Hoist, Railway Dock
Coal Wagon Hoist, Railway Dock
This hydraulic waggon hoist was built in 1906 Leeds for the Lancashire and Yorkshire Railway, replacing an earlier structure known as a coal drop LinkExternal link . The hoist comprises a five-storey tower with a central well of riveted lattice construction. It was used for loading coal into ships at Railway Dock The hoist had a maximum operating load of 60 tons (later de-rated to 40 tons) and was last used on 7 December 1978 to load the MV Per Knut with 46 wagons of coal from Grimethorpe Colliery LinkExternal link .

The hoist originally had an inclined viaduct comprising six segmental arches, carrying standard gauge railway lines. Loaded coal wagons were first propelled towards the hoist up the northern track by locomotives, then hauled individually using hydraulic capstans and rope, to the level of the hoist lifting cradle. An iron or steel cradle, was used to raise and lower wagons in a shaft within the centre of the tower. A cable and pulley system tilted the cradle and the loaded wagon on end so that the coal was tipped into an iron chute and down to a vessel moored alongside.

The coal wagon hoist, adjoining railway approach ramp and control boxes were listed at Grade II on 15 September 1987 (List entry Number: 1160288 LinkExternal link Historic England). In 2004, Listed Building Consent was granted for the demolition of five of the brick arches which formed the viaduct, leaving only the easternmost in-situ.
The Port of Goole

The Port of Goole developed once the canal had been constructed to transport coal from Knottingley in the northern sector of the coalfield in 1826. When the canal was completed, the Aire and Calder Navigation Company developed a new floating dock, capable of handling larger sea-going vessels. The town of Goole was built around the docks to house both the dock workers and visiting seamen. The town has grown from a community of about 450 people when Goole opened as a port on 20 July 1826, to its present size with a population of about 18,000 inhabitants

Three locks keep the water in 37 acres of floating docks at a constant depth of 6 metres (20 ft), by preventing the level from rising and falling with the tides in the River Ouse. Once ships are within the complex, eight docks provide a total quayside of 3 miles. Beside the docks are transit sheds where cargo is stored, many of which are equipped with overhead cranes.

For most of its life, the port was most associated with the shipment of coal, and associated cargoes including the importation of pit props. Goole's success as a port came from its ability to compete with the railways to export coal from the Humber. A major factor was the introduction, in 1863, of The “Tom Pudding” system of compartment boats LinkExternal link , which could carry around 40 long tons (41,000 kg) of coal. On reaching the docks, the barges were lifted by large hoists, from which they could be discharged directly into seagoing ships, a system which proved so successful that it competed against rail until 1985 (LinkExternal link Goole on the Web).

Following the decline of the coal industry, Goole has developed to handle a range of cargoes such as dry bulks including animal feed, agribulks, biomass, cement, cereals, clay products, construction materials, scrap metal, solid fuel. Timber is predominantly imported from Russia and the Baltic States, Finland, and Sweden. Storage facilities are in operation at Barge Dock for the storage of imported Liquid bulks such as vegetable oils (LinkExternal link Associated British Ports).

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Date Taken
Wednesday, 5 July, 2017   (more nearby)
Wednesday, 12 July, 2017
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Railways  Industry  Docks, Harbours 
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OSGB36: geotagged! SE 744 232 [100m precision]
WGS84: 53:42.0233N 0:52.4364W
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