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Posted: 11/05/2017 23:02:46
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Anyone know anything about the tramway on Easdale?

I was told that there were several locos and this appears to be the Engine Shed for them because the track is shown going into it on the 2nd Edition OS Map.

I am trying to get HES's record corrected so looking to see if I can find any more information.

https://www.flickr.com/photos/doffcocker/albums/72157680935658092

I took a lot of pictures, of the buildings mainly, and will stick on FLICKR when I get chance.

https://www.flickr.com/photos/doffcocker/albums/72157683706323235

https://www.flickr.com/photos/doffcocker/albums/72157681795973660

Great 'car' park near the ferry terminus.

https://www.flickr.com/photos/doffcocker/34555677826/in/album-72157683698802605/





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Posted: 19/05/2017 23:10:16
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I hoped to attach images to particular records on Canmore but not got around to it.

These are mainly images of the quarries on Easdale Island

https://www.flickr.com/photos/doffcocker/albums/72157683706323235

These are all the images of Easdale

https://www.flickr.com/photos/doffcocker/albums/72157681795973660



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Martin Briscoe Fort William
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Posted: 20/05/2017 00:00:31
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The tramway routes are on here.

http://www.railmaponline.com/UKIEMap.php

This should link direct.

http://www.RailMapOnline.com/UKIEMap.php?lat=56.29274&lng=-5.65796&zoom=16
IP: 86.181.120.212 Edited: 20/05/2017 00:08:19 by Morlock
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Posted: 20/05/2017 00:35:31
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Morlock wrote:

The tramway routes are on here.

http://www.railmaponline.com/UKIEMap.php

This should link direct.

http://www.RailMapOnline.com/UKIEMap.php?lat=56.29274&lng=-5.65796&zoom=16


Thanks, the 2nd Edition OS Map shows the tracks in more detail.

The 1st Edition does not show them going to the Engine Shed, though it is there and the same shape. Someone on the island suggested they might have been initially horse drawn the locomotives later. If that is the case then the shed could have been originally a stable.



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Posted: 20/05/2017 01:02:08
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The 1873 map also indicates a pump next to an engine house, any remnants left?

https://www.old-maps.co.uk/#/Map/173725/717017/12/100044

Edit: "The engine house provided the motive power for the railway system and for the pumps in the quarry."

Guessing that at some stage the tramways may have been cable operated?
IP: 86.181.120.212 Edited: 20/05/2017 01:31:35 by Morlock
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Posted: 20/05/2017 08:19:38
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I noticed that building, presume it was a pump house for pumping water out of the quarries. I read somewhere a comment about steam pipes around the quarry area, perhaps compressed air though for tools?

The Engine House has gone from the 1899 map. My images are Geotagged, I will check the ones in that area later.

You will notice that the tracks do not go to the Engine Shed on that 1873 map but do on the 1899 map.

The maps are better quality on the NLS website.

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Posted: 22/05/2017 12:25:04
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I noticed this Glasgow University paper whilst searching for some information. Quite a lot on the Scottish slate industry.

Glasgow Theses Service
http://theses.gla.ac.uk/theses@gla.ac.uk
Walsh, Joan A.
(1999)
Methods of evaluating slate and their application
to the Scottish slate quarries.

http://theses.gla.ac.uk/4391/2/1999WalshPhD2.pdf




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Posted: 22/05/2017 13:52:31
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Very interesting Phd thesis - lots of information, although no historic illustrations. I once thought of doing a PhD on Oakeley, but suspected the powers that be in such cases would want more of what didn't really interest me - the finances and the social side.

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Posted: 22/05/2017 14:03:06
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grahami wrote:

Very interesting Phd thesis - lots of information, although no historic illustrations. I once thought of doing a PhD on Oakeley, but suspected the powers that be in such cases would want more of what didn't really interest me - the finances and the social side.
Grahami


From an archaeology conference that I regularly go to, they will have to be written in the appropriate jargon and include whatever is the latest fashionable topic - quite likely now expect a discussion of how many transsexuals working in the quarry! Thumb Down

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Posted: 22/05/2017 20:29:33
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JMB wrote:

quite likely now expect a discussion of how many transsexuals working in the quarry! Thumb Down


I suspect there are many more tick boxes to be appropriately dealt with.Big Grin

Thanks for the pdf.
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