Blaen y Cwm slate quarry
Looking down the short exit incline to Blaen y Cwm quarry with Rhiwbach quarry in the distance. Most quarries dispatched their slate down inclines rather than up so allowing them to use gravity power. However, because they were below the level of the tramway, this quarry and Rhiwbach were compelled to use powered inclines, which added to operating costs.
The most interesting artifact at the quarry is this old steam boiler. It seems clear that the scrapman could'nt justify the expense of removing it . However, all the copper tubes have been removed to leave just the shell.
All that is left of the barracks block of Blaen y Cwm.
The head of the Blaen y Cwm incline, Rhiwbach Tramway route on the left. This structure formerly had a horizontal sheave wheel powered from the bottom of the incline.
Waste tips of Blaen y Cwm. The Blaen y Cwm incline head is in the foreground and the Rhiwbach incline head is in the top background.
The pit for the water wheel, situated at the end of the dressing shed.
At the side of the dressing shed, at a lower level, ran a tramway to take waste rock away.
rock from slate dressing was tipped down chutes
into wagons waiting below.
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