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TRACK: INCLINES

Standard gauge inclines (worked by adhesion) listed by maximum gradient, then by length; mineral/freight only lines are generally omitted. See also file on summits.

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14-60: 1/4 mi: Hopton incline (L.N.W.R.) near Wirksworth; freight only after 1877

17: 1/6 mi: Copperas Hill (Harrington & Lowca Light R)

23: 1/2 mi: Causewayend incline (N.B.R.) on the Coatbridge-Bo'ness line

27: 13/4 mi: Holywell (L.N.W.R.) to Holywell J., Flint

27-30: 3/4 mi, latterly truncated to 50yd: Middleton J. (L.Y.R.) to Oldham (Werneth)

27/30: approaches to Mersey Tunnel (Mersey R.)

28-32: 3/ mi: north of Tyler Hill Halt on Canterbury-Whitstable line (S.E.C.R.)

30-36: 3/4 mi: Folkestone Harbour (S.E.C.R.) to Folkestone J.

34-38 generally: 5 out of 8mi: Clydach gorge (L.N.W.R.) between Abergavenny and Brynmawr

35: 1mi: west of Blaenrhondda (R. & S.B.R.)

36/41: 21/2 / 31/2 mi: Mortehoe (L.S.W.R.) southbound and northbound respectively from Ilfracombe and Heddon Hill

36-57: 4mi: Dainton (G.W.R.) between Newton Abbot and Totnes

37: 1/2 mi: Exeter Central (Queen St, L.S.W.R.) to Exeter St Davids

37: 1/2 mi: between Porth and Maerdy (T.V.R.)

373/4 : 2mi:  (M.R.) between Bromsgrove and Blackwell

38-68: 7mi: Torpantau (B. & M.R.) to Talybont

39/41: 3/21/2 mi: Ravenscar (N.E.R.), near Scarborough, southbound and northbound approaches respectively,

40: 7mi: Llancaiach-Taff Bargoed (G.W.R./R.R.)

40: 31/2 mi: Cwm Cerwin Tunnel (P.T.R.) to near Bryn

40: 2mi: Calstock (P.D.S.W.R.) to Seven Stones Halt

40: 11/4 mi: western approach to Dunstable (L.N.W.R.)

40: 11/4 mi: between Raven Crossing (Garnant) and Gwaun Cae Gurwen (G.W.R.)

40-41: 31/2 mi: Devil's Dyke (L.B.S.C.R.)-Dyke J.

40-45: 3mi: Much Wenlock (G.W.R.) to Longville

40-48: 1mi: Pontyates (B.P.& G.V.R.) to Cwmmawr

40-80 generally: 31/2 mi: Axminster (L.S.W.R.) to Combpyne on the Lyme Regis branch

41-51: 11/4 mi: ascent from Glasgow Queen St (N.B.R.) to Cowlairs

42: 21/4 mi: Hemerdon (G.W.R.) between Plympton and Ivybridge

43: 21/4 mi: Upper Batley (G.N.) northbound, near Dewsbury

44-60: 21/2 mi: Seaton (Durham) (N.E.R.) southbound from Ryhope

46-90: 41/4 mi: Rattery (G.W.R.) between Totnes and Brent

45 maximum: 23/4 mi: Dyserth (L.N.W.R)-Prestatyn

50: 4mi: Raven Rock (H.R.) between Dingwall and Garve

50 generally: 71/2, 81/2 mi: Masbury (S.D.J.) southbound and northbound approaches respectively, from Radstock and Evercreech J.

50-57 generally: 41/4 mi: Nantclwyd (L.N.W.R.) to the Clwyd-Dee divide

50-74: 3mi: Bincombe (G.W.R.) near Weymouth

50-95: 7mi: Glencarron (H.R.) near Achnasheen

51-52: 4mi: Tow Law (N.E.R.) northbound from Crook

51-73: 3mi: Eversholt (G.W.R.) between Yeovil and Maiden Newton

52-56: 3mi: Talerddig (Cam. R.) to Llanbrynmair

54-56: 4mi: Girvan (G. & S.W.R.) to Pinmore Tunnel

58-60: 6mi: Glenoglehead (C.R.) near Balquhidder

59-72: 1:59 for 6mi out of 91/4 mi: Stainmore (N.E.R.) eastbound approach

60 generally: 221/2 mi: Slochd Mhule (H.R.) between Inverness and Slochd

60: 1mi: Parkestone (L.S.W.R.) eastbound

60-70: c151/2 mi with 1mi descending: Ardlui (N.B.R.)-north of Tyndrum

60-70: 4mi: Sugar Loaf Summit (L.N.W.R.) to Cynghordy

60-75: 23/4 mi: Brimscombe-Sapperton Tunnel (G.W.R.)

60-80: 21/2 mi: Buckland J.-Guston Tunnel (S.E.C.R.)

62-366: 11/4 mi: Camden bank (L.N.W.R.) near Euston

621/2: 4mi: Troutbeck (C.K.P.R.) to Threlkeld

66-140: 9mi: Baxenden (L.Y.R.) near Bury

67-73: 9mi decreasing in last mile: Pinwherry (G. & S.W.R.) to Chirmorie Summit

70-85: 16mi: Druimuachdar (H.R.) near Blair Atholl

70: 81/2 mi with minor easements: Falahill (N.B.R.) south of Hardengreen J.

70-95 generally: 15mi: each side of Lairg Summit (H.R.)

74-88: 10mi: Beattock (C.R.)

75: 61/2 mi: Glenfarg (N.B.R.) near Bridge of Earn

75 generally: 15mi: Dava (H.R.) between Grantown-on-Spey and Forres

75-77 generally: 18, 15mi: Meldon (L.S.W.R.) westbound and eastbound approaches respectively, from Yeoford and Tavistock

75-90: 9mi: Whitrope (N.B.R.) northbound from Newcastleton

75-121: 11mi: Whitrope (N.B.R.) southbound from Hawick

75-146: 51/2 mi: Shap (L.N.W.R.) between Tebay and Shap

80-100 generally: 6mi: Honiton (L.S.W.R.) between Axminster and Honiton

80-127: 31/2 mi: Whiteball (G.W.R.) between Taunton and Exeter

85-103: 21/2 mi: Harold Wood-Brentwood (G.E.R.)

90-100 generally: 14mi: Peak Forest (M.R.) between Rowsley and Peak Forest

90-140: 17mi: Peak Forest (M.R.) between Cheadle Heath and Peak Forest

100 generally: c15mi with minor easements: Blea Moor (M.R.) northbound from Settle J.

100: c11 out of 15mi: Aisgill (M.R.) southbound from Appleby

100-120: 16mi with minor easements: Cobbinshaw (C.R.) south of Edinburgh

100-132: 5mi: Rochester to Sole Street (S.E.C.R.)

100-135: 183/4 mi: Woodhead (G.C.) northbound from Sheffield Victoria

100-185 generally: 20mi: Woodhead (G.C.) southbound from Ardwick

110 average: 28mi: Corrour (N.B.R.) between Fort William and Currour

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