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Report - Castlebridge Colliery - January 2016

Discussion in 'Industrial Sites' started by sherbetdab, Jan 17, 2016.

  1. sherbetdab

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    This site has been done before so here's a view to date.

    what a gem this place turned out to be, so much has been left behind not only from the colliery operation but the business parks side aswell.
    The jewel in the crown obviously though was the winder and control cab, with the cab being in mint condition.

    HISTORY

    Castlebridge Colliery was the last deep shaft mine sunk in Scotland under the NCB in 1978
    The Shaft was 6.1m diameter, concrete-lined, 426m deep, with a 1,050hp multi-rope electrically-powered tower-mounted friction winder. It was sunk at a cost of £57 million as a satellite of the Longannet complex to reduce travelling times, improve ventilation, enhance material handling, and replace the three older drifts in the complex. It was also at the time the first new sinking for 20 years. Castlebridge was closed in 1999 and filled in 2001
    production was then left to the Longannet access, which later closed after a catastrophic flood in 2002.
    All production was low-sulphur coal dedicated to supplying Longannet Power Station, to which it was taken by several kilometers of underground conveyor. The low sulphur content of the coal prevented the need for a flue-gas desulphurisation plant at Longannet, but its high ash content led to the creation of fly-ash lagoons in the Forth estuary around Culross, and nearby Preston Island. Castlebridge was one of the most productive collieries in Europe, breaking all productivity records in Scotland.

    Castlebridge had been converted into a business park, but the converted buildings surrounding the disused headstock are now abandoned.

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    Castlebridge business park to follow

    Ta muchly for looking
     
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    Nice to see someone from ......er Scotland ....er posting something from Scotland on 28 :thumb
     
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    :thumb
     
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    Good effort both on the explore and your 1st report, looks an interesting place :thumb
     
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    Thank you
     
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    If I'd realised that was where it is I wouldn't have wasted my time down the road at Dunmore House when I passed through!

    Nicely done :thumb
     
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    Very interesting, last time we were there was 2008, and the business park was in use.

    Any signs of a baths / lamproom etc?

    Good work, I think this is a neglected site when in actual fact it's one of Britain's best remaining headstocks...
     
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    No signs during our visit although i suspect these were in the area sealed off with asbestos removal. We wernt sure if this was past or present works. Looked suspect anyways so decided this was a no go.
    Still plenty to see and cover though. Seems ours and another team up here have sparked interest in the place again
     
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    There's pictures from the baths on Flickr. Popped up a few weeks after we got back from Scotland as usual!
     
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    Splendid work.... great report and pics :thumb
     
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    Good job, the pics of the cabin/control room (?) are my favourites :thumb
     
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    Hi guys

    My Page has covered this site extensively in the recent past. We visited today to find that the level of vandalism and theft has greatly increased since our first visit last summer. The thieves have cut a hole in the winder tower and are dropping their swag 40ft or more to the concrete below. The whole place has had its doors and windows smashed in. Today we were not alone!! No contact made but we heard footsteps, car doors and screeching brakes. A private security company now patrols this site and there is a large scale clear up operation going on in the ground level offices.
     
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    Nice report, great flicks. Cheers !
     
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