SJ1239 : The upper end of the tramway from Moel Fferna Quarry

taken 11 years ago, 3 km from Glyndyfrdwy, Denbighshire/Sir Ddinbych, Great Britain

The upper end of the tramway from Moel Fferna Quarry
The upper end of the tramway from Moel Fferna Quarry
This tramway was an extension of the 3 mile long Deeside Quarry tramway which had been constructed c.1870. That tramway had wooden rails. In fact, it was the last wooden railed tramway to be built in all of Europe. The success of the Moel Fferna mine in the 1870s prompted the extension of the tramway, albeit with steel rails, a further mile up Cwm Nant y Pandy to the bottom of the Moel Fferna incline. For more than 40 years, the tramway took slate from both quarries to be processed at Nant y Pandy Mill SJ1441 and the finished product from there to the GWR station at Glyndyfrdwy. After 1911, slate from Moel Fferma was processed on the site before being sent down direct to Glyndyfrdwy. The tramway remained in operation until the 1940s. Between Moel Fferna and Deeside horses were used to haul the drams. From Deeside, the downrun was dependent on gravity. An artist's impression of the Deeside section of the tramway in use is shown on the following link:

SJ1340 : An artist's impression of the Deeside tramway
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Date Taken
Saturday, 9 June, 2007   (more nearby)
Submitted
Tuesday, 3 July, 2007
Category
Tramway (dismantled)   (more nearby)
Subject Location
OSGB36: geotagged! SJ 127 399 [100m precision]
WGS84: 52:57.0048N 3:18.0023W
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OSGB36: geotagged! SJ 127 399
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