NS7773 : Tramway at Glencryan

taken 9 years ago, near to Luggiebank, North Lanarkshire, Great Britain

Tramway at Glencryan
Tramway at Glencryan
The bed of the old tramway which ran from the fireclay works near Cumbernauld station to the mine road LinkExternal link The present path runs alongside this.
Notes: Glencryan mine and tramway
The Cumbernauld Brick and Pipe works was started in 1874 by the Cumbernauld Fire-clay Co. In 1882 the business was taken over by the Glenboig Union Fireclay Co. Ltd. who started to exploit seams of fireclay at Glencryan. The mine was driven from its entrance more than a mile to the north east towards older workings. At its peak 20 men were employed underground.
The mine was connected to the fireclay works to the east of Cumbernauld station - one kilometre away - on the Caledonian railway by a tramway which passed through a short tunnel about 100m long to the immediate west of the mine entrance.
The hutches on the tramway were hooked onto a continuous moving cable which was powered by a steam engine located at the works. Empty hutches were pulled up the incline (150ft./48m ascent/descent)from the works and pushed into the mine by hand from the entrance to be filled after which the procedure was reversed.
It was said that, "The Glencryan clay is of excellent quality and is used for the manufacture of furnace bricks and blocks, drain pipes, ornamental tiles and other fireclay goods."

The mine closed in 1958 apparently due to the complete failure of the winding engine - which is said to have been removed from a ship and recycled - that powered the tramway although the brickworks kept going, using imported clay until closure in 1969.
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Date Taken
Thursday, 25 June, 2009   (more nearby)
Friday, 5 February, 2010
Tramroad (disused)   (more nearby)
Subject Location
OSGB36: geotagged! NS 775 738 [100m precision]
WGS84: 55:56.5067N 3:57.7240W
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OSGB36: geotagged! NS 775 738
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Northeast (about 45 degrees)
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