Kenneth Homer, of Belper, shares some childhood memories.
AS a schoolboy living in Ambergate at the time, I used to cycle to High Peak Junction on the Cromford and High Peak Railway to watch the wagons going up and down Sheep Pasture incline.
This is now where the High Peak Trail starts.
The wagon in the photograph has just arrived at this point after descending the incline on the end of a wire rope.
It would probably have been loaded at the quarry at Middleton by Wirksworth.
The weight of its lowering would have pulled empty wagons back up the incline, assisted by a winding winch at the top, near Black Rocks, originally powered by a steam beam engine before later being converted to electric.
After the wagon was unhitched from the cable by the waiting workman, it was then taken to a sidings by a small steam tank engine, which, in turn, brought back more empties for the next run. Continue reading