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Sloping railways?

 
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Well, this railway doesn't have the extreme slopes I showed here three weeks ago. I think it is the oldest railway I have ever seen, and some of its track is still in situ. One of my photos shows points. It doesn't seem to have rusted because the track is made of granite slabs rather than iron/steel. It was built before the invention of the steam locomotive, and is therefore called a tramway rather than a railway. Horse‑drawn carts transported granite from a nearby quarry, which was used for building particularly in London. Of course London is 250 miles away.
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Is it near Plymouth?
 
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A bit over 30 miles from Plymouth. It runs/ran from Haytor to Teigngrace. It is almost all downhill at a constant gradient from Haytor, so for about 99% of the line, the horses would only have to drag the empty wagons uphill. From Teigngrace there was a short canal to Newton Abbot whence the granite was transported to London by ship.
When we visited, it was June and there were some teenaged schoolchildren there, obviously on a field trip. One of the boys found some leeches in the water which has filled the old quarry, and seemed quite disappointed that the beasts didn't suck him dry. Most leeches in this country have mouthparts too small to bite people. Only the medicinal leech and the horseleech can bite through mammalian skin. There were also newts in the water.
 
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And here was me thinking this was going to be about funicular railways...
 
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That old tramway did slope. The nearest we have to funiculars is the cliff lift, about 15 miles from here.
 
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Don't MOST railways have a slope? if you want to get technical, a perfectly level track even has a slope of 0.  But I'd be willing to bet almost all tracks go up/down hill to some degree (ha ha)
 
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Level tracks used to have slope indicators showing LEVEL or ∞. I read the other day that there used to be a bank on the quayside at Seaham with a 1 in 11 slope without rack and pinion or cables.
 
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I dont know if they count as railway or not... But back in San Francisco, there are "Cable cars". The tracks contain a hollow slit and below them, there are moving cables. The driver simply has to move a crank that grips the cable causing the car to move. San Francisco has a lot of slopes !!
 
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Funicular tramways. I think they do count as a sort of railway, yes. I didn't know they were still around. They appear in all the old movies.
 
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Campbell Ritchie wrote:Funicular tramways. ...

Funicular

wiki wrote: n a funicular both cars (or trains) are permanently connected to the opposite ends of the same cable, known as a haul rope.

The ones that I am referring to are not connected at all ! The driver connects to the cable as needed to move !!
 
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Funicular tramways. I think they do count as a sort of railway, yes. I didn't know they were still around.


They had them in Valparaíso, Chile a couple of years ago.
 
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salvin francis wrote:

. . . . a funicular both cars (or trains) are permanently connected to . . . the . . . cable . . .

The ones that I am referring to are not connected at all ! . . .

Abbreviate funicular to fun
 
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