Hay Inclined Plane

Hay Inclined Plane

Date

28 August 2012
Location

Ironbridge Gorge Museums, Coalport, Telford

SJ 69528 02832; 52.62238°N, 2.45157°W

Information

The Hay Inclined Plane was one of the first canal boat-lift inclines to be created and was in operation from the 1790s until the 1890s. Coal, iron and other products were conveyed from the short section of the Shropshire Canal running through the industrial complex that is now the site of Blists Hill Victorian Town down to the Coalport Canal and thence to the River Severn.

Goods were carried in 20 ft long wooden tub boats, each with a load of up to five tons, and the journey from the top down to the Coalport Canal 207 ft below took about four minutes to complete. Two boats — the upper one laden, the lower one empty — would be guided onto submerged wheeled cradles and then a small winding drum would be used to lift the upper boat out of the water and into position at the top of the incline. Both cradles would then be attached to a rope around the main winding drum and the weight of the descending one would pull the other one up the track. Although the operation was mainly by gravity, the winding drums were also powered by a steam engine located in an engine house at the top of the incline.

Hay Inclined Plane

Hay Inclined Plane

Hay Inclined Plane

Hay Inclined Plane

Hay Inclined Plane

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