Plateways/tramways - overview and list of some available resources. (Updated 20 May 2010)
The English Plateway was a development of the C18 when iron plates began to be added to the wooden rails in use on waggonways. The key development which differentiated a plateway from a waggonway was the use of an L shaped rail for guidance with smooth wheels on the vehicle. This was the complete opposite of the waggonway, and later tramway, systems which were built using flanged wheels on edge rail. A notable builder of plateways was Benjamin Outram and notable plateway lines included the Peak Forest Tramway and the Little Eaton Gangway amongst others. The plateway was further enhanced when John Curr introduced a system of modular track pieces.
The most noteworthy plateway to be built was the English Surrey Iron Railway. Opened on 26th July 1803 the Surrey Iron Railway ran south from the Thames at Wandsworth (South London) towards the Wandle Valley industrial area. It was later extended further south. It was the first public railway in Britain, and probably the world. It was therefore a significant milestone in railway history. Another notable English plateway was the Little Eaton Gangway in Derbyshire. Surviving plateway vehicles can be seen at Coalbrookedale (Museum of the Gorge) and in the National Railway Museum collection. Significant sections of the Haytor Granite tramway also survive in situ and can be visited on those parts on of the site on "open access" moorland.
|Carolyn Dougherty||English Plateways||A comprehensive and learned overview of the development of the English Plateway. (Link repaired - author changed web hosts - May 2010)|
|Wikepia / unknown||Wikipedia - Little Eaton Gangway||Comprehensive overview of the Little Eaton Gangway and other plateways on Wikipedia.|
|Wikepia / unknown||Wikipedia - Surrey Iron Railway||Comprehensive overview of the Surrey Iron Railway and other plateways on Wikipedia.|
|John New||Surrey Iron Railway 200th & photograph links||On 26 July 2003 the SIR was 200 years old and the bi-centenary was marked with a short walking tour.|
|John New||What is a waggonway / plateway||Overview on this site. Includes photographs of some preserved L shaped rail.|
|Wikepia / unknown||Benjamin Outram||Wikepedia's biography of Benjamin Outram|
|Dr M J T Lewis||Book including information on John Curr's activities.||Early Wooden Railways See pages 316 - 319 and others for coverage of John Curr, (Out of print)|
|Peter J Whitehead||Peak Forest Tramway||An excellent web page with in-depth information.|
|Helen Harris||Book on the Haytor Granite tramway.||"The Haytor Granite Tramway and Stover Canal" Peninsular Press ISNB 1 - 872640 -28 - 1 Excellent guide to walking what remains of the Haytor Tramway. (Added May 2010( The book was in print at this time and can be bought from the National Park Visitor Centre at Haytor.|
|Wikipedia / unknown||Haytor Granite Tramway||Wikipedia's page on the Haytor Tramway.|
|Bertram Baxter||Stone Blocks & iron Rails||As it's name suggests a book covering aspects of the earliest railways. Pub David & Charles 1996 (Out of print)|