Cromford and High Peak Railway : John Marshall


  • Paperback: 112 pages
  • Publisher: Martin Bairstow; 2nd Revised edition edition (1 Jun. 2011)
  • ISBN-10: 1871944384
  • ISBN-13: 978-1871944389

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Many audacious and improbable schemes for new railways were dreamed up in the nineteenth century, but surely none matched the plan to link the Cromford Canal with the Peak Forest Canal at Whaley Bridge in Derbyshire using a series of rope-worked inclines. This railway oddity opened in 1831 and somehow survived almost unnoticed until 1967, when there was a flurry of publicity when it closed. The line weaved its way through some of the finest scenery in England and was dotted with crazy gradients and whiplash curves. Here was the steepest normal railway in Britain and the only place where you could see a gradient post saying ‘1 in 8.’ It also used steam right to the end, by which time it had outlived many more illustrious undertakings. You can walk and cycle over much of the route today.