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Report - Castlebridge Colliery

Discussion in 'Industrial Sites' started by dweeb, Jul 17, 2008.

  1. dweeb

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    Castlebridge was part of the Longannet colliery 'super pit' built by the NCB in the 1960's. 3 collieries were worked, served by one drift, at Longannet.
    Coaling ceased in the 1990's when the mines that ran under the forth burst and the mine was flooded. This effectivly ended deep mining in Scotland.

    Sadly we had arrived too late at Longannet and demolition was in full swing. The site manager was not willing to allow us on site but did present each of us with a self rescuer and fire damp detector which was nice...

    Castlebridge has been converted into a business park, but the converted buildings surround the disused headstock. The stock is an unusual type for this country, as the winding house sits above the shaft, rather than to the side of it. This makes the headstock a huge and looming structure.
    Inside much remained, including the GEC winder, emegrency winder wheels, winders cabin which is the most intact I have ever seen other than in a working colliery. The winding house was scattered with NCB items, equipment, manuals and spares for the winder, it was amazing... I took great delight in rummaging in all this and came out about as black as if I had done a shift down there!!

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    Re: Castlebridge Colliery REPORT

    here's my two penneth...;)

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    Re: Castlebridge Colliery REPORT

    I popped up quickly at lunchtime today and took a few snaps. This is the winding tower (obviously):

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    This is a shot straight up the tower:

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    Didn't have time or permission to climb it, so left it alone.

    Here is a picture that shows the demolition at Solsgirth, what a shame :(

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