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Report - Cwm Orthin slate mine

Discussion in 'Mines and Quarries' started by Rustynail, Dec 13, 2010.

  1. Rustynail

    Rustynail it's dark in here innit?
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    Visited recently with kid_in_a_toyshop and a couple of others who aren't on here.

    I won't go through the history of the place as it's been done before and
    I'm afraid my pics really can't convey just how epic this place is, how vast some of the chambers are and how bloody steep the steps and inclines underground are!


    Icicles just inside the entrance
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    Junk and Land Rover parts.
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    Remains of an engine house.
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    Tunnel
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    Remains of another winding house
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    Looking down the incline
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    Further down, looking down and a level going off to the right
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    A rubbish wagon upended and trapped, false floor leading to another level to the right
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    Ancient enamel sign warning of maximum load for a bridge across a chamber
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    This is the bridge. Not sure it would take any weight now
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    Hopefully this shot will convey just how huge the chambers are. The staircase ismade of slate slabs held on iron spikes driven into the rock face.
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    A tunnel between levels so men did not have to use the incline to reach their work
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    Bridge of mild peril
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    Another branch going to another level off the incline
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    Even further down the incline
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    And a completely impassable bridge
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    Rubbish wagons abandoned on the lowest accessible level. There is one more level but it's obviously flooded.
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    Lowest level chamber
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    Looking up from the foot of the incline. Most of it was at about 1 in 1 but this part was even steeper and it was a crawl on all fours to get back up!
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