This was the transition point between the locomotive-hauled section of tramway (to / from the Ribblehead area) and the southern cable-operated inclined plane section (to / from Blea Moor Summit).
The archaeological remains suggest that there were three parallel transfer sidings here (in the form of loops) plus a single terminal siding (facing the Ribblehead direction) laid on an adjacent embankment. The relative position and orientation of the terminal siding suggests that it was probably used by wagons suppying coal for the winding engine at the adjacent access shaft for Blea Moor Tunnel (Access Shaft A - Structure ID 249530). This interpretation is reinforced by the fact that coal fragments have been found on the ground adjacent to the trackbed for the terminal siding. In the default image below:
- The exchange sidings were located on the relatively flat land to the left of the green-fence. The loco-hauled section of the tramway (towards Ribblehead) is to the left. The start of the inclined plane (towards Blea Moor summit) is to the right.
- The green-fence surrounds unstable land above 'Access Shaft A' (which was capped when construction work ended). The spoil tip associated with 'Access Shaft A' is clearly visible beyond the fence.
- The winding engine for Access Shaft A was located on the relatively flat land to the right of the green-fence.