Matlock Bath Station Quarry Yard

Discussion in 'Permanent Way' started by paratom, 27 March 2021.

  1. paratom

    paratom Western Thunderer

    I am at the planning stages of doing a track plan in Templot for Matlock Bath Station but I am a bit perplexed by the sidings into the quarry yard and how they were worked. If you look at the map diagram I have posted I can’t see how you could possibly shunt a load of wagons into the two roads 1 & 2 unless you already had a loco in the yard and pick up a wagons one at a time from the end of road 3. This to me would seem like a very laborious move as you would have to shunt the loco with the wagons on road 3 backwards and forwards uncoupling each wagon so that the loco in road 1 or 2 could pick up the wagons. If you wanted roads 1 & 2 to be occupied by wagons you would need two locos in the quarry yard. Maybe someone could kindly explain to me how wagons were shunted in the quarry yard. Maybe shunting horses were used. I look forward to your replies.


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  2. Neil

    Neil Western Thunderer

    I can't offer an answer, but I can offer an insight. When I was an apprentice at the carriage works in York we would sometimes move the Mk1s and 2s up the roads with nothing more than a pinch bar. It's surprising how easily they move. Obviously if there were challenging gradients in the quarry then horse power or chain shunting would be a better bet.
  3. Suddaby

    Suddaby Western Thunderer

    Not sure what period you are modelling, but as the quarry grew, the track plan changed. This is from the 1922 map.

    Sometimes, awkward yards were shunted from a different road with a chain attached from the wagon to the loco.


  4. Obblygobbly

    Obblygobbly Active Member

    Looks like a stable on quarry land in the foto p49 Through Limestone Hills by Bill Hudson, so a horse is likely to have been available if required.