MIDDLETON TOP ENGINE HOUSE
OPEN DAYS 2010
Middleton Top Engine House is the sole survivor of nine that once stood at the top of every incline along the Cromford and High Peak Railway. It is designated as an Ancient Monument, together with its Butterley beam engine which in the past hauled the cables up the track. Derbyshire County Council are now the custodians of this important piece of our railway heritage, visited by enthusiasts from all over the world.
Situated at the top of Middleton Incline on the High Peak Trail is the restored Middleton Top Engine House, which was built in 1829. In the past it was used to haul wagons up the incline, but although those days have long since gone, it can still be seen in motion on the dates set out below. Originally timber was supplied daily to fire the boilers, now it is compressed air that does the job.
**NOTE: Mechanical problems may result in visitors not being able to view the engine at work, please telephone the number below to check the situation before travelling. This is an independent information site that does not have any direct link with Middleton Top.
Visitor Centre on 01629 823204 for more information.
Admission charges apply.
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Group and school visits can be arranged to Middleton Top Engine House, Leawood Pump and High Peak Junction Workshops - Telephone Middleton Top on 01629 823204.
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PLACES OF SPECIAL INTEREST IN THE LOCALITY
The National Stone Centre: (Tel. 01629 824833) tells the story of stone, its geological and industrial history. The exhibition inside shows how advanced technology makes use of stone in an incredible number of ways. Outside the visitor centre, the quarry trail takes you back over three hundred million years. Open all year seven days a week.
Steeple Grange Light Railway: (Tel. 01246 205542 during running times 07769 802587) is an 18 inch gauge line built on the trackbed of the CHPR now the High Peak Trail, it provides a scenic ride of approximately 20 minutes. The surrounding area is a Site of Special Scientific Interest. Special events are held regularly, please telephone for precise details. Also see special feature.
MIDDLETON TOP FEATURE
The visitor centre tells the story of the Cromford and High Peak Railway and provides information, maps, walk leaflets, books, gifts and refreshments. There is a car park, toilets, cycle hire centre, engine house and picnic site.