Belvoir Castle Tramway

Gauge 4ft 4½in (1.334m)

 

Collection Objects

Number Railway Object Type Description Image
TYWRM:BC001.1 Belvoir Castle Tramway fish bellied rail 3 ft. long cast iron fish-bellied rail file BC001-1.jpg
TYWRM:BC001.2 Belvoir Castle Tramway fish bellied rail 3 ft long cast iron fish-bellied rail file BC001-2.jpg

In 1815 the Duke of Rutland built the Belvoir Castle Tramway in Leicestershire to carry coal and other supplies from Muston Gorse Wharf on the Grantham Canal up to the Castle.

The line was laid with beautiful and ingenious fish-bellied rails, designed by the great engineer William Jessop (1745-1814) and cast at his Butterley Ironworks in Derbyshire. Each rail locks into the integral “foot” of the next to give a very rigid join.  Wagons were pulled up the hill by horses.

The route can still be traced and many of the stone block sleepers remain in place. A short section in the castle grounds survives and extends into the cellars beneath the castle.

 

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