Slate Industry of North and Mid Wales
slate quarry in 1975
Isherwood visited Maenofferen quarry above Blaenau Ffestiniog on a cold
and wintry day in Easter 1975. The photos he took that day give a
good impression of what bleak and inhospitable places the Welsh slate quarries
could be. At that time the quarry, which had no road access, was
still using the Rhiwbach No. 2 incline to take away the finished product.
Most of the views depicted could have been taken a century or so earlier.
Maenofferen finally closed in 1998. Photos of trains using some of
these tracks can be viewed here.
redundant locomotive and man rider car await disposal. The locomotive
went for preservation.
transhipment siding where the finished slates were loaded onto road transport
track at the bottom of Rhiwbach No. 2 incline - today's view is here
up No. 2 incline
view from halfway up
reversed into the quarry using this headshunt
No. 3 incline heads up into the mist on the left
the quarry buildings
bridge was formerly used to access the main tipping area
view towards the bridge and quarry buildings
page: Various views from 1963 to 66
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