SCRCA structure 250270: Crag of Blea Moor Tramway

SCRCA Location Introduction

This short section of tramway was a self-acting inclined plane - i.e., two sets of wagons were connected together by a rope, chain, or (more likely) a steel cable.

The cable would have been wound around a drum installed at the top of the incline. The drum was probably positioned on the level platform that can be seen just beyond the rocks in the foreground of large image below. The weight of descending full wagons would have been sufficient to haul the empty wagons back-up the incline. The linear feature in the middleground of the image (slightly right of centre) is the abandoned trackbed of the tramway itself.

Crag of Blea Moor Tramway: Context view from the southeast

Key details from the Location Record

Location Type
Archaeological Site
Location Variant
Archaeologal Site - Tramway
Assessment status
Current Use(s)
Shown on a land plan?
Construction / installation period
2: MR construction phase (1869 to 31st Dec 1876)
Distance from London St.Pancras
250 miles and 24 chains
Position relative to running lines
This location IS visible from nearby publicly accessible land.
Accessibility (ease of access)
Protection Category
The structure or site is not currently protected
Geographic Location
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