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Rosedale Historic Railway Walk

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Published on Sep 14, 2007

A GASBAGS (Great Ayton & Stokesley Biking & Guzzling Society) walk from Bank Bottom near Ingleby Greenhow, going up the Ingleby Incline, past the Lion Inn on Blakey Ridge, and round the Rosedale Circuit. Almost all the walk was on the North Yorkshire & Cleveland Railway.
No record of the this railway would be complete without a special mention of Ingleby Incline. This incredible inclined tramway was the only rail link between the moorland Rosedale branch and the marshalling yards at Battersby Junction below. Built by the North Eastern Railway it replaced the Ingleby Ironstone Mining Company's previous narrow gauge railway and incline which terminated at 1200ft and served mines below Burton Head.

The escarpment to the southwest of Ingleby Manor still bears the scars of at least two other inclined tramways built by the Ingleby Ironstone & Freestone Mining Company to serve mining or quarrying operations in the area.

Railway workers cottages were built at both Incline Foot and Incline Top - the latter christened "Siberia" by the inhabitants on account of the frequent treacherous weather conditions.

The incline worked on the principle of descending wagons, full of iron-ore, hauling empties up the 1430yd, steep 1 in 5 gradient, attached to long steel ropes revolving in opposite directions around a huge drum and controlled by a brake. Accidents were common, so railway workers were not permitted to ride on either ascending or descending wagons.

The first locomotives to be based at Rosedale were long boilered 0-6-0s, built by Robert Stephenson. By 1900 NER class P (LNER J24) locos, fitted with special tender cabs to help protect crews from severe weather, worked the branch from Incline Top to Rosedale. Rosedale engines normally remained on the high level for several years due to the great difficulties in moving them up and down the incline. This operation involved the removal of the centre driving wheels before the loco could be safely maneuvered onto the steep slope.

After more than sixty years, following the closure of ironstone mining and the subsequent trade in calcine dust from Rosedale in 1929, Ingleby Incline closed. Today all that remains is a pile of rubble at Incline Top and the remote cottages now in private use below. The deep scar that was once the incline still stands proud on the escarpment side as a lasting reminder of this most innovative and industrious period of Ingleby's history.

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