• Early Tramroads in the Telford Area (East Shropshire)

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  by rogerfarnworth
 
Having moved to Telford relatively recently, I have started to look in detail at the railway heritage of the area. This starts with a waggonway being in existence by at least 1605 (but maybe earlier). Over four centuries of various forms of railway!

My first offering on the Railways of Telford was a review of a book by David Clarke with the same title, see this link ....

https://rogerfarnworth.com/2021/12/26/the-railways-of-telford-part-1-a-book-review

This second offering begins a series looking at the waggonways/plateways/tramways/tramroads which preceded the coming of the more modern railways. There is probably a debate to be had over the correct names to use for these lines. I have not decided but I have used the word 'tramroad' in the title of the series. Perhaps 'plateways' would be better as most of these lines were in the end made up of a series of short L-shaped rails sitting on stone blocks and were used by trams/wagons which had wheels without flanges. Others may have firm opinions about this!?

OS Maps seem invariably to use the word 'Tramway' for these old lines.

http://rogerfarnworth.com/2022/04/25/ancient-tramroads-near-telford-part-1-tramroads
  by rogerfarnworth
 
The second post in this series has been completed. It covers the Coalbrookdale Company Tramroads which appear on the 6" OS Maps from 1882/83 and later map series, particularly the 25" series from the turn of the 20th century.

I have walked a major part of the network as it existed in around 1882 and have provided present day photographs of the routes where ever possible.

http://rogerfarnworth.com/2022/04/26/an ... er-surveys
  by rogerfarnworth
 
Just a short distance from our home, no more than 200 metres, is the site of what was Little Eyton Colliery. The colliery was served by a tramway/tramroad which was used to carry coal/ironstone to the Coalport Branch of the Shropshire Canal and later to the LNWR's Coalport Branch which followed the route of the erstwhile canal.

The linked article below follows the route of the tramway down into what is now Telford Town Park.

http://rogerfarnworth.com/2022/06/15/an ... lee-part-1

The featured image shows typical trams and pit head gear at Blists Hill Victorian Museum.
  by rogerfarnworth
 
Sitting alone and seemingly unconnected to the wider network of tramways in the Telford Area is Newdale Bridge. A structure built in the 18th century to carry a tramway over a stream in Ketley Dingle. ...

Built circa 1759, Newdale Bridge is actually a last remaining remnant of a significant tramway network in the Ketley/Lawley area. ...

http://rogerfarnworth.com/2022/06/17/an ... ale-bridge
  by rogerfarnworth
 
A second installment of the review of old tramways in the area in and around what is now Telford Town Park. This article covers the tramway which ran North from the site of Dawley & Stirchley Railway Station on the LNWR Coalport Branch through the site of Jerry Furnace(s) and Stirchley Ironworks to the site of Old Park Ironworks with its myriad of tramway lines in the mid- to late-19th century. ... These tramways were known locally as 'Jerry Rails' and a new estates in Hinkshay bears that name.

http://rogerfarnworth.com/2022/06/24/an ... erry-rails