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The Foxton Inclined Plane


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The Foxton Inclined Plane

The Foxton Inclined Plane Trust has conserved what remains and created a museum in a reconstructed engine house with the aim of rebuilding the plane. Author and civil engineer David Carden examines the case for its construction and decline, including a proposal for a second inclined plane at Watford, which was abandoned before Foxton’s completion.

The Foxton Inclined Plane, completed in 1900, was an engineering feat of the Victorian era. The Grand Junction Canal Company, facing competition from railways, saw it as a hopeful gamble. The engineer, Gordon Thomas, was celebrated for its design and construction, but history has deemed it a failure. The plane was decommissioned just a decade after opening due to misjudged complexity and cost. The narrow locks it was meant to replace were refurbished and brought back into use. In 1928, the scrap men dismantled the ironwork.

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