In the upland country which characterises much of the south west, inclined planes provided an essential means of transport for industry. Mines, quarries and limekilns all utilised cable-, rope- or chain-hauled planes in the period 1780-1950. Canals, too, as well as early railways, adopted them as an engineering solution. Gauges were broad, standard and narrow and rails were plateway as well as edge.
Many of these linear landscape features remain. Some are becoming lost – reclaimed by nature; washed away, flooded or overgrown. Others can be explored. A few, such as cliff railways at coastal resorts, are still in use.
This is the first publication to focus exclusively on these sites; over 200 in Bristol, Dorset, Somerset, Devon and Cornwall appear in the gazetteer. It is copiously illustrated with contemporary and modern photographs plus 58 maps, many of which have been specially drawn.
Here is a subject that has long deserved a good book and has now secured a fine one.
David StJohn Thomas in the Journal of the Railway & Canal Historical Society, March 2013
An excellent introduction to a transport topic that has not been specifically addressed before, and is highly recommended.
Somerset IA Society Bulletin, August 2012
A rare example of a well-researched, referenced and indexed work being published in an attractive format that makes you want to delve into it immediately.
Narrow Boat, Autumn 2012
An outstanding book, produced to the usual high Twelveheads standards, that exceeds the promise of its title.
Narrow Gauge & Industrial Railway Modelling Review