Midland Wagon Lift - How does it work?

Following on from Keith supplying the URL of the Midland railway wagon lift
has anyone got any ideas as to how it might have worked?
It looks as though the wagon platform ran on rails and was raised and lowered
using chains, but I wonder how the chains were operated. It looks as though
the item behind the man on the platform might be a hydraulic ram with a pulley
for chain at the top and there appears to be a chain running from that pulley
just visible behind the more obvious chain behind the man on the platform..
And one of the central chains seems to be running on to a pulley just to the
right of the man in the foreground.
I suspect that the tall wooden building behind the operator's hut might have
housed some equipment as well.
Jim.
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Jim Guthrie
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Jim,
I eventually found something in the Derby Registers index, which seems to include 5 photographs of a Wagon Hoist at Leytonstone (Refs 8965-8969, all taken 1909)
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These are kept at the NRM, and apparently you can order copies of the photo's.
the Midland Railway Society may also have some other information.
Ian
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Ian Cornish
Ian,
Do we know if it's the same type - i.e. the funicular style rather than the more usual vertical style?
Jim.
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Jim Guthrie
I would think you are correct in your suggestion of hydraulics, use of hydraulic power was common and the tower would be appropriate for the hydraulic accumulator.
Keith
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Keith Norgrove
I'm 99% certain there was only one lift at Leytonstone! I would suspect that one of those pics is the one used in the article. Keith Make friends in the hobby. Visit Garratt photos for the big steam lovers.
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Keith Norgrove
I know the Leytonstone in E London/Essex border. There's another one?
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Brian Watson
Keith,
The dangers of relying on a quickly degenerating memory - I thought I remembered the picture in the URL being at somewhere else :-)
Jim.
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Jim Guthrie
Background... The Derby Registers are a collection of photographs from the Midland Railway, taken by their engineers. All the "clues" I found suggest this is the same hoist. AFAIK, there is only one Leytonstone in the UK, and certainly only one in the Midland Railway network.
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Ian Cornish
Mr Cornish, may I introduce you to Leytonstone in E London/Essex; Leytonstone in E London/Essex, may I introduce you to Mr Cornish?
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Brian Watson

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