|The Edge Hill Light Railway|
Welcome to my website
name is Andrew Baxter. I'm a retired Civil and Structural Engineer and
I live close to the site of the railway. The purpose of this website is to
be a focal point for all the interest that is out there for this
railway, and to be a place where photos, stories, documents, etc can be
put on line for all to enjoy.|
are many accounts of the
history of the railway. A good
place to start is http://www.colonelstephenssociety.co.uk/ You will discover that the most interesting feature of
the railway was its rope worked incline. The following photo says it
incline was at a gradient of 1 in 6. Loaded wagons pulled empties up
from the lower sidings using the cable seen on the left. The down
wagons were shunted by Sankey to rest on the wheel blocks. Sankey then
backed away and the top end of the cable was attached to the last
wagon. The speed of decent was controlled by the brakeman in the white
hut next to the left abutment of the bridge. The up wagons returned
into a high level track on top of the wall: there being another
on the right hand side, just out of shot. These high level tracks were
used alternatively and were known as kips. They sloped downhill towards the bridge. They were a safety feature
to prevent the returned empty wagons rolling back down the
Many, many words have been written about the railway,
including this one by Eric Tonks dated 1948.
Other links are
would like to hear from people who visited the railway before
it was dismantled, including those local old boys who as young boys
played on it. I'm was told that the grand father of a local man was the
brakeman on the wheel pit. Another local man is supposed to have the fire
box door of one of the Terriors.
So, if you have a story to
tell, know where there are artifacts stored away, have photos of the
line at any stage in its history, please contact me. firstname.lastname@example.org
This site has gone on line whilst under construction. All photos will be acknowledged where possible, including dating them.
Conducted tours of the railway are given. There is still a lot to see on site.
Thanks is given to all who have contributed 'stuff' that helps to add to our knowledge of this amazing little railway.
thanks goes to Mark Fairhead, Mark Reader, Danny Batchelor, David Burge, Brian
Little and James Rose. Also to those members of the public who contributed
stories at one of my talks on the EHLR. I ask these kind folk to
get in touch again so that I can record their stories on this website.
Andrew Baxter January 2018
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