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One of the best photographs of the whole railway. A lovely open view of the incline. The passing loop can be seen half way up. Some of the quarrymens' huts can be seen on the left, in the woods. 

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Another good photograph of the incline from just above Arlescote Lane Bridge. Nice view of Warwickshire Elms. The huts can be seen on the right. These were used by the construction gangs then taken over by the quarry men. Perhaps the same people? 

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At 700 ft Above Sea Level, the Upper Sidings were one of the highest places in Warwickshire.
The excavations from the higher ground formed the embankments at the lower levels.

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From Rolts' Book showing the transition from the three rail track to the passing loop.  Somehow, wagons leaving the passing loop switched the points automatically in favour of  the next rake of wagons coming up the incline.
Note the Caretaker's Hut. I guess named this  after the line was shut down.

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 A complicated arrangements of track and points at the top of the incline. The loaded wagons were assembled in the centre track to the left of Camp Lane Bridge.

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A very good close-up of the incline from the girder beams of Arlescote Lane Bridge. Probably taken at the same time as the first photograph. The embankment has settled. The rollers were set upon the soil of the embankment, and the roller on the right hand side has nearly disappeared from view. 

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The same location as the above photograph. The rollers have completely disappeared.

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The photograph that says it all. Rollers and cable clearly seen. Looks like and early photograph as there is not much in the way of land slip. The dark band of  ironstone can been seen. Three  visitors under the bridge. 

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How the incline worked as illustrated on The Bowes Railway. Empty wagons coming up the incline onto a kip. The rope slid up the sloping steel rods.

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The complicated arrangement of tracks and points needed to provide the kips each side.
The loaded wagons are ready to depart downwards towards the right. The rope is behind the wagons. 

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The axles of the up wagons depressed the spring loaded 'monkey tail.' Also known as sprags.Any run-aways would catch their axles in the notched top end of  the sprag. 

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Sprags can be seen on top of the kips. Note the stone buttresses to guide the cable up to the wall.   An ascending rake of wagons would  be sent to the right hand kip. Loaded wagons departing from the centre track would  lay their end of the cable onto the left hand side rollers.

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The sprags can just be seen on top of the kips.The guides are timber posts in this photograph.
 These were replaced by the stone buttresses although the condition of the site would suggest that the posts came afterwards.  

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The linesman gave a view down the entire incline and back towards the upper sidings allowing the linesman to know what was going on. There is a telephone pole on the bank, indicating that the linesman was in communication with the brakesman hut by the bridge and the little white hut at the start of the lower sidings. The geology behind the linesmans hut looks a bit threatening.    

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This must be an earlier photograph than the one above. The stairs and handrail are visible and the ironstone looks sound.
A few lumps of rock. Fewer bushes. 

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The circle is probably a speedometer. The brakesman could see this from his hut and could control the speed of descent accordingly. It was not an original fixture, but was fitted after the accident. 

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A nice photograph of Sankey, looking down the incline.
Is this the actual engine driver, or a visitor posing for a photograph? He's wearing a hat, jacket, waist coat and tie, and is puffing a pipe. 
A rare photograph during construction. The kips have been formed, but the lower  track has yet to be dug out. Hand dug?
What is that cross beam thing for? 


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Another visitor inspecting the  recently laid track, yet to be compacted around with stone.
 Sankey can just be made out in front of the right abutment of the bridge.
No rollers in place.
There is that cross beam thing beyond the bridge.
 
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