RAILWAY AND INDUSTRIAL HISTORY OF THE SOUTH WEST BLACK COUNTRY

 
 

 

 

 

Worcester Herald


SATURDAY, 28th., FEBRUARY, 1829

On Friday, the new Locomotive Engine belonging to the Bolton and Leigh Railway Company, christened the Lancashire Witch by Mr. Hulton, descended the inclined plane to the Bolton Coal Depot, moving at the rate of 8 miles an hour, with 8 loaded wagons attatched. The engine then ascended the inclined plane, a mile in length, one half of which ascends nearly at an inch in a yard. On this part the engine travelled at the rate of 6 miles an hour; on the other part at the rate of 8 miles an hour. The result far exceeded the expectations of the engineer.