NY3224 : Atmosphere (you can cut with a knife) - Threlkeld Quarry

taken 4 years ago, near to Threlkeld, Cumbria, Great Britain

Atmosphere (you can cut with a knife) - Threlkeld Quarry
Atmosphere (you can cut with a knife) - Threlkeld Quarry
The Erie steam excavator is almost obscured by steam and smoke as it demonstrates the use of steam in quarrying.
In front is narrow gauge steam locomotive Marchlyn an 0-6-0 built by Avonside of Bristol in 1933 as No. 2067. After many years on static display in the USA it was returned to the UK in 2011 and is now in a much better environment. The engine is normally resident at Statfold Barn Railway. It was one of six visiting engines for this annual steam gala.
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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Saturday, 25 July, 2015   (more nearby)
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Sunday, 26 July, 2015
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Historic sites and artefacts  Quarrying, Mining 
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OSGB36: geotagged! NY 3266 2419 [10m precision]
WGS84: 54:36.5018N 3:2.6447W
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