Cromford and High Peak Railway - Part 1, The Route Explored
This railway ran from Cromford to Whaley Bridge in Derbyshire and was opened in 1831. It originally employed nine inclined planes over which wagons were hauled by stationary steam engines - enabling the line to climb from the valleys of the Derwent and Goyt to the Southern uplands of the Peak District - 1266 feet above sea level. It was also built with some very tight curves to save on engineering works. The line was taken over by the London and North Eastern Railway in 1877 and closed in 1892. The Southern section carried traffic for a further 60 years and closed in 1967. In this video we follow the original alignment from Whaley Bridge to Cromford - the journey being enriched by the memories of footplate men and others closely associated with the line. The chronicle of a 19th Century passenger and highlighted with rare archive film, this is a fascinating insight into one of this country's most interesting railways.