NY3224 : Threlkeld Quarry and Mining Museum, "Sir Tom"

taken 5 years ago, near to Threlkeld, Cumbria, Great Britain

Threlkeld Quarry and Mining Museum, "Sir Tom"
Threlkeld Quarry and Mining Museum, "Sir Tom"
William Bagnall 0-4-0 saddle tank 'Sir Tom', built in 1925, stands outside the original stone loco shed and workshops at Threlkeld Quarry.

The Threlkeld Granite Company developed a 2ft 4in gauge (approx) system which brought stone out of Bottom Quarry and up until the 1930s the quarry employed two similar steam locomotives for transporting granite to the crushing plant and exchange sidings on the Penrith-Keswick line in the valley below. Part of the line has been re-created to provide short trips to the inner quarry.
Threlkeld Quarry and Mining Museum
Threlkeld Quarry, which is situated three miles east of Keswick, originally opened in 1870 to supply railway ballast to the Penrith-Keswick line. Later, the stone was used by the Manchester Corporation Waterworks for their Thirlmere scheme, for railway ballast for the Crewe-Carlisle line, for roadstone, kerbing and for facing buildings with dressed stone. The granite quarry finally closed in 1982 and is now the site for the Threlkeld Quarry & Mining Museum which is run by a group of volunteers.

The extensive quarry site has ample space for the display of the unique collection of vintage excavators and old quarry machinery. The 2ft gauge mineral railway has been relaid and provides a ride into the inner quarry for visitors to view the quarry faces in safety.

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Date Taken
Sunday, 13 April, 2014   (more nearby)
Tuesday, 15 April, 2014
Geographical Context
Uplands  Quarrying, Mining  Educational sites  Railways 
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OSGB36: geotagged! NY 3267 2449 [10m precision]
WGS84: 54:36.6637N 3:2.6396W
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OSGB36: geotagged! NY 3270 2448
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West-northwest (about 292 degrees)
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