When the gradient post reads 1 in 1056:1 in 8 (and a quarter!) you know this is a railway location with a difference. This is the summit of the Middleton incline, the upper of the two rope worked inclines on the Cromford and High Peak. The gate is a later addition, to slow down the cyclists, and I presume the semaphore has been brought here from elsewhere too. From the foot of Middleton was a one mile level section at Sheep Pasture worked by an isolated locomotive and then a further rope worked incline down to Cromford.
Location: Middleton Top
Company: Cromford and High Peak Railway
Photographer: Mark Bartlett
Contact photographer: Mark Bartlett
Image number: 39217