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    Default The Hay Inclined Plane at Coalport near Ironbridge, Shropshire in the UK

    Travelling South to Ludlow in late October, I came across an example of a Canal Inclined Plane at Coalport, Shropshire. It qualifies as a railway although its primary purpose was the carrying of canal boats between the Shropshire Canal and the River Severn.

    http://rogerfarnworth.com/2020/10/21...ine-ironbridge

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    A fully operational one is the Big Chute Marine Railway.

    From an engineering nerd's point of view this is only the second coolest "lock" on the Trent-Severn.

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    Quote Originally Posted by NtheBasement View Post
    A fully operational one is the Big Chute Marine Railway.
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bf32_I-eXXo
    From an engineering nerd's point of view this is only the second coolest "lock" on the Trent-Severn.
    Brilliant!

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    It’s well worth a visit if you are in the area along with the rest of the iron bridge gorge. Next time I go by I,ll try and remember to take a few pictures to post.

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    That sounds great!

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    In March 2021, Tony Jervis, an on-line acquaintance, sent me some photographs from visits that he made over the years to the inclined plane at Coalport. These are shared below with his kind permission.


    https://rogerfarnworth.com/2021/06/10/coalport-incline-ironbridge-addendum-2021


    Tony comments: "The site has been tidied up somewhat since I was first there, with more clearance of overgrowth at the summit, but has there been a landslip pushing the tracks sideways partway down? The Gorge area has been prone to landslips for years. ..... Much work has been done in recent years to landscape and stablilise the area."

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