On the Way Up

Balancing Act One

Balancing Act Two

Ready to Fly

For those who are interested in the technical details:

The Hay Inclined Plane connects the canal at Blists Hill with the canal at Coalport, lifting boats 63m using a combination of steam power and gravity. The inclined plane was opened in 1792 and remained in use until the end of the nineteenth century. It survives today as one of the most impressive structures of its type in the country. Spectacular views of this monument can be had from the bottom at Coalport; it is also well worth the walk to the end of the canal at Blists Hill to see the remains of the basin and the base of the steam winding engine at the top.

17 Comments CherryPie on May 21st 2012

17 Responses to “Elegance on the Incline”

  1. ....peter:) says:

    I can see that you had a lot of fun exploring with Astrid and Ginnie last week Cherie… i love all of the photos of the kids playing on the tracks:) ….peter:)

  2. Ayush says:

    looks like a quiet, secluded place. fun time exploring the vicinity of these tracks

  3. Looks like you had lots of fun! Great shots!

  4. Astrid says:

    :) These are wonderful shots. Ginnie and I looked at them together and your 2nd shot from the top, it almost looks like the track has a drop-down. Great angle. It was good to meet you there and we sure had fun!!

    • CherryPie says:

      I am glad you like them :-)

      It is a strange effect with that railing, I keep looking at it myself wondering how I managed to get that effect!

      It was good to meet you and Ginnie and the others too. I had a lot of fun :-)

  5. Astrid says:

    Sorry, my URL was not correct. This is the good one.

  6. Ah it looks like fun to be able to play on tracks without the risk of several hundred tons of locoomitive bearing down

  7. Ginnie says:

    I’ve been working on Blists Hill images almost all day, Cherry, so this is bringing all the memories back…through someone else’s eyes. I love it! :)

    • CherryPie says:

      I took very few pictures on the day. I often forget to use my camera when I am spending time with friends, much to my regret. I look forward to seeing your photos. I must admit, Bill’s photos are giving me a very fond memory of the day :-)

  8. james higham says:

    Seem to recall Wiggia doing something like this not so long ago.

    • CherryPie says:

      He did and I commented on this one at them. My knowledge of this one was how I knew the answer to that quiz question.

      I visited this place often when I was at school next door to it. At the time it was free to all the children at the school.

  9. Barbara says:

    Looks like you were having fun. Just been browsing through your current and recent posts.
    A real pain when server etc. plays up and one does not know who the problem lies with I know.

    • CherryPie says:

      It is a pain which is enhanced by my desk top computer needind to be wiped and re-installed, it is on its last legs and won’t cope with slow internet connection.