A winter's day near Blaenau Ffestiniog.
A venerable Aveling-Barford tipper truck awaits the scrapman. The introduction of such vehicles spelt the end for most quarry tramways.
This line of pillars once carried an aqueduct supplying water to a quarry waterwheel.
Power was distributed from the water wheel using this system of shafts, wheels and belts.
This building would once have been at the heart of quarrying operations.
This plant is native to the Himalayas but also seems to find North Wales to its liking! Underneath this colourful display lies a quarry incline.
It was a hard life working on the slate tips. The men built simple shelters like this one to protect themselves against the elements.
The disused Dyffws Casson and Fotty & Bowydd quarries, this photo was taken some years ago. Since then the tips have been extensively reworked for recoverable slate.
The restored quarrymen's village at Llechwedd Slate Caverns in Blaenau Ffestiniog with a selection of preserved quarry wagons in the foreground.
A Jwmpah is a long weighted rod used to manually bore a hole and is shown here piercing a slab of slate at Llechwedd Slate Caverns
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