The Lickey Inclined Plane, Birming and Gloucester Railway.Capt.n W.S. Moorson, Eng.r. The 'Philadelphia' Engine ascending the Plane, rising One in 37, with a train of loaded Wagons. The total wight moved 74 tons, - The maximum speed 9¾ miles per hour. June 1840.
Lithograph, very rare. Sheet 265 x 360mm (10½ x 14¼"). Laid on board, browned and spotted.
The Lickey Incline, south of Birmingham, is still the steepest sustained main-line railway incline in Great Britain, with some trains still requiring the assistance of banking locomotives to ensure that the train reaches the top. When the Birmingham and Gloucester Railway was surveyed by Isambard Kingdom Brunel in 1832 he suggested a route to the east; however his plans were too expensive and the job was given to Captain William Scarth Moorsom (1804-63), who was to be paid according to the savings he achieved. At the Lickey Hills in Worcester he was forced to built this steep incline, then found no British manufacturer could provide suitable locomotives. Therefore he ordered engines from the 'Norris Locomotive Works' of Philadelphia, designed by Septimus Norris (1818-62).
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