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Toby'sBranchLine

A map of the Line

The Quarry Tramroad, otherwise known as Toby's Branch Line is a branch line on the North Western Railway. It runs from Ffarquhar to Ulfstead.

History

Operations and Stations

The tramroad climbs on a serpentine course of some 5 ½ miles with a ruling gradient of 1 in 60. Starting at Ffarquhar, the line through the stoneyard to which raw stone is brought to be cut and cured, the line then leaves by an ungated crossing over the Ulfstead Road, and into a lane. Heading eastward past the runaway siding, it climbs at 1 in 60, and swinging westward, levels off alongside the Arlesburgh road. Here, at the top of the steepest gradient is a "Stop Board". After another mile, the line crosses a shared rail/road bridge bridge over a stream. A crossroads comes next. The line them climbs again but on an easier gradient, once more changes direction, and reaches the Anopha Quarry from the west.

Outside the Quarry is a junction, from which trains to Ulfstead head north-east on a slight downward gradient for 2 miles to Arlesdale End, which serves a beauty spot. From there, the line continues eastwards for 2.5 miles to Ulfstead, crossing over the Ulfstead Damn.

Rolling Stock

Locomotives

Coaches and Trucks

Trivia