Haytor Granite Tramway :: Shared Description

The Haytor Granite Tramway was built in 1820 by George Templer to transport granite from quarries at Haytor on Dartmoor to the Stover Canal and thence to Teignmouth docks (the canal had originally been built in 1792 by his father, James, to transport clay).

Most of the tramway's course can be traced using the Templer Way footpath LinkExternal link , which also follows the canal and the Teign estuary to Teignmouth.

The tramway drops 400 metres in height during its 16 km route. Its use of flanged granite setts is unusual. The gauge was 1.3 metres. Oak points were used at junctions. The wooden iron-wheeled wagons were typically run in trains of twelve, hauled uphill when empty by a team of 18 horses, which also provided, together with wooden poles, the only means of braking on the downhill journey. "Accidents were not uncommon" LinkExternal link .

The quarries fell into disuse by 1858 and the tramway closed LinkExternal link .
by Derek Harper
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22 images use this description:

SX8077 : Chapple bridge on the Haytor tramway by Derek Harper
SX7878 : Templer Way in Yarner Wood by Derek Harper
SX7877 : Haytor Granite Tramway above Kiln Brake by Derek Harper
SX8077 : Chapple bridge on the Haytor tramway by Derek Harper
SX7878 : Field near Yarner by Derek Harper
SX8077 : Puddle on Haytor Granite Tramway by Derek Harper
SX7878 : Haytor Granite Tramway in Yarner Wood by Derek Harper
SX7878 : Templer Way in Yarner Wood by Derek Harper
SX8077 : Haytor Granite Tramway by Derek Harper
SX7878 : Gate into Yarner Wood by Derek Harper
SX8077 : Templer Way at Chapple by David Smith
SX8077 : Setts, former granite tramway, Chapple Road by Derek Harper
SX7877 : Templer Way at Oak Coppices by Derek Harper
SX7978 : Rail of the Haytor Granite Tramway by David Smith
SX8077 : Haytor Granite Railway on edge of Bovey Tracey by David Smith
SX7878 : Track junction, Yarner Wood by Derek Harper
SX7878 : Haytor Granite Tramway in Yarner Wood by Derek Harper
SX8077 : Templer Way bridge over Bovey Pottery Leat by David Smith
SX7878 : Haytor Granite Tramway in Yarner Wood by Derek Harper
SX7878 : Templer Way in Yarner Wood by Derek Harper
SX9372 : Surface of the New Quay refurbished by Robin Stott
SX7877 : Haytor Granite Tramway by Oak Coppices by Derek Harper


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Created: Wed, 16 Jan 2013, Updated: Wed, 16 Jan 2013

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