The Slate Industry of North and Mid Wales

Maenofferen slate quarry in 1975
Graham 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.

A redundant locomotive and man rider car await disposal.  The locomotive went for preservation.

The transhipment siding where the finished slates were loaded onto road transport

Crossover track at the bottom of Rhiwbach No. 2 incline - today's view is here

Looking up No. 2 incline

The view from halfway up

Trains reversed into the quarry using this headshunt

Rhibach No. 3 incline heads up into the mist on the left

Approaching the quarry buildings

This bridge was formerly used to access the main tipping area

A view towards the bridge and quarry buildings

Next page: Various views from 1963 to 66

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