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The Portland Railway

Hob Uid: 868120
Location :
Dorset
Weymouth And Portland
Portland
Grid Ref : SY6853072850
Summary : The Portland or Merchant's mineral railway, 1826-1939 (Now dismantled).
More information : (SY 68 74) Portland Railway [NAT] (1)

The Portland (or Merchants') Railway. Receiving Royal Assent on June 10th 1825 (6 Geo Cap 121), and completed in 1826, at a cost of £5869, the Portland Railway was Dorset's earliest. It ran a distance of 2 miles and 4 chains from the Priory Lands (SY 6853 7285) to Castletown Pier (SY 6872 7445). Of standard gauge, it was principally used to transport stone from the Tout, King Barrow and Weycroft Quarries to which it was connected by a system of tramways. It utilised an incline to the south west of the later Verne Fort. The last train ran in 1939. [See Illustration card] (2,3)

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Source Number : 1
Source : Ordnance Survey Map (Scale / Date)
Source details : OS 6" 1903 (Dorset 58 NE/SE)
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Source Number : 2
Source : Notes and queries for Somerset and Dorset
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Page(s) : 183
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Vol(s) : 21, 1933
Source Number : 3
Source : The West Country
Source details :
Page(s) : 147
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Vol(s) : vol.1

Monument Types:
Monument Period Name : Post Medieval
Display Date : Opened 1826
Monument End Date : 1826
Monument Start Date : 1826
Monument Type : Mineral Railway
Evidence : Earthwork
Monument Period Name : 20th Century
Display Date : Closed 1939
Monument End Date : 1939
Monument Start Date : 1939
Monument Type : Mineral Railway
Evidence : Earthwork

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External Cross Reference Source : National Monuments Record Number
External Cross Reference Number : LINEAR 1928
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