Lazy Grange Bay 3...a new start

Neil Robinson

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Yes, in railway terminology, steep inclines were often referred to as banks, and there were quite a few where an extra engine was kept to give trains a push up the hill.

In Britain, some locos were designed principally as banking engines; the LMS 'Big Bertha' was one, while the SR 'Z' class gained a second lease of life as a banking engine outside Exeter.
In Britain, with the exception of railways, the use of the word bank to describe a hill appears to be confined to the North East. However this is where railways were developed and George Stephenson had a considerable influence on many of Britain's early railways.
 

PhilP

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In Britain, with the exception of railways, the use of the word bank to describe a hill appears to be confined to the North East. However this is where railways were developed and George Stephenson had a considerable influence on many of Britain's early railways.
And possibly a considerable influence on many of the banks, of the time, as well?
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In Britain, with the exception of railways, the use of the word bank to describe a hill appears to be confined to the North East. However this is where railways were developed and George Stephenson had a considerable influence on many of Britain's early railways.
In the North West we also used bank, often for the incline at the side of a river, Derbyshire has a steep hill called Bank Road.

Also - A banked turn (or banking turn) is a turn or change of direction in which the vehicle banks or inclines, usually towards the inside of the turn.

So it would seem it is used throughout Britain :)
 

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In Britain, with the exception of railways, the use of the word bank to describe a hill appears to be confined to the North East. However this is where railways were developed and George Stephenson had a considerable influence on many of Britain's early railways.
Yes interesting, in Germany they use the word Ramp to describe a hill or steep climb on a Railway, though not at all sure if it is used all over Germany. As ever there are likely to be regional (lander) differences.
 

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In the North West we also used bank, often for the incline at the side of a river, Derbyshire has a steep hill called Bank Road.

Also - A banked turn (or banking turn) is a turn or change of direction in which the vehicle banks or inclines, usually towards the inside of the turn.

So it would seem it is used throughout Britain :)
It would appear that we have hit a rich seam - the word bank has, indeed many meanings, too many to list even before you get to the question of money.

Which brings us back sharply to Lazy Grange Bay and I wonder whether Mr D has any plans for a staged bank robbery down the road? ;);)
 

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It would appear that we have hit a rich seam - the word bank has, indeed many meanings, too many to list even before you get to the question of money.

Which brings us back sharply to Lazy Grange Bay and I wonder whether Mr D has any plans for a staged bank robbery down the road? ;);)
You can bank on it