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Rhosydd slate mine incline wagon by Willy Eckerslyke

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Willy Eckerslyke Willy Eckerslyke
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1
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0.23 Gigapixels
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834
Date added
Mar 12, 2013
Date taken
Mar 07, 2013
Categories
geology, long exposure
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Rhosydd is one of the larger slate mines near Blaenau Ffestiniog, North Wales. Of the original 14 levels, 5 are permanently flooded and around 100 chambers are still accessible. This incline is unusual in having wide gauge rails carrying slate trucks on a wagon while a heavy counterbalance wagon ran on narrower rails set between them. The counterbalance wagon, called the "Mochyn" (Welsh for pig) weighed around 7 tons and passed underneath the main wagon that we see here. 2 sets of turntables on the wagon would have allowed slate trucks to be aligned to side rails at different levels.
Approx 30 images. Nikon D700, 28mm Nikkor manual lens. LED "light painting".


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