NY3224 : Threlkeld Quarry & Mining Museum - steam excavator driver

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

Threlkeld Quarry & Mining Museum - steam excavator driver
Threlkeld Quarry & Mining Museum - steam excavator driver
Graham Lee is the owner driver of this magnificently restore Erie steam face excavator and is seen here taking a bite from the scree at the bottom of the quarry face. His fireman is kneeling behind to stoke and the open firebox is seen near the top of the picture. Driving one of these is a skilled job and Graham is an excellent driver who melds various functions seamlessly to produce a blur of action. The crew behind need to hold on (I was nearly thrown out the door of a steam grab dredger in Scotland).
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  People, Events 
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