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Report - Dinorwic Quarry in Wales April 2013

Discussion in 'Industrial Sites' started by The Kwan, Apr 28, 2013.

  1. The Kwan

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    Visited with Landsker, and it had been a while so it was good to catch up and to see some fantastic scenery. I was staggered by the awesome beauty of this amazing place from the workshop to the railway track in the air. we saw Slackliners, climbers and some amazing historic stuff, I was so pleased to see it eventually.

    sorry about so many images but it was so beautiful that I couldnt stop taking pictures of the scenery.

    some history stolen shamelessly from landsker

    History
    Dinorwic Slate Quarry is located close to the villages of Llanberis and Dinorwig in North Wales, it was once the second largest slate quarry in the world after the neighbouring Penrhyn Slate Quarry. Commercial quarry operations at Dinorwig started in 1787 although it didn't start to flourish until the mid 1820s when a horse drawn tramway was constructed to Port Dinorwic. By the late 19th Century the quarry was employing over 3000 men and producing 100,000 tonnes slate products (mostly roofing slate) each year. The quarry continued in production until 1966 when a major slate waste heap collapse into a working area of the quarry halted production, after that slate was only produced sporadically until the quarry finally closed in 1969. In the 1970s-80s underground parts of the quarry were enlarged and extended to build a 1,800 MW pumped-storage hydroelectric powerstation.

    We started by walking high above electric mountain, the humming as it generates power can be heard all around the quarry
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    In one of the buidings was a huge twin compressor almost robot like.
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    A good samaritan had left supplies for a brew in one of the remote buildings
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    The Village tramway like something from the valley of the kings, now just an incline to the upper level of the quarry
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    These are the names of the men who worked the last shift in one of the holes, scribed on a wall in a barrack that still contains some of thier old gear.
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    there are still lots of great bits too see here
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    Just staggering beauty at the top of one of the inclines
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    More beauty
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    Dressing tables in the workshop
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    Even more beauty
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    The railway track that swings High in the air.
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    We saw some slackliners who were totally mad, this poor bloke fell as we watched.
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    also there were some climbers scaling one of the walls..fking scary stuff.
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    I survived..just
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    I was not considering crossing
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    Big incline down from australia level.
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    This does it for me A Ellis 1924
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    thanks for looking
     

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