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Detrus

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Penarth Odd Metal work; any ideas
Posted: 22/10/2018 23:36:49
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This has been bugging me now for the last dozen or so years.



Any ideas what this strange bit of metalwork outside Penarth Slate mine is? It sits bolt upright near the head of the main incline, outside some old workings. Square cut holes in the top, no groves or any evidence of wear marks. Those that have visited the mine have bound to walked passed it.
IP: 88.111.7.104 Edited: 22/10/2018 23:39:17 by Detrus
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Penarth Odd Metal work; any ideas
Posted: 23/10/2018 02:00:55
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IIRC, this came up before and the general thoughts were it was a slate saw or planer part that had been re-purposed.
Perhaps others will remember the time/details of the posts.
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Penarth Odd Metal work; any ideas
Posted: 25/10/2018 14:31:38
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It was me asked a while back, nothing particularly conclusive came up and Detrus was wondering about it back then as well Laugh

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Penarth Odd Metal work; any ideas
Posted: 26/10/2018 07:42:22
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Yep. And still none the wiser!! IP: 88.111.7.104
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Penarth Odd Metal work; any ideas
Posted: 26/10/2018 12:15:46
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Like a lot of this sort of thing, one day someone will see one in context and all the light bulbs will light up.
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Penarth Odd Metal work; any ideas
Posted: 26/10/2018 18:56:21
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Its a thingie.

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Penarth Odd Metal work; any ideas
Posted: 26/10/2018 22:16:21
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It's a baseplate for a manual points system, the plate that is at 90 degrees to track, lever on one end tracks on the other. IP: 79.78.227.104
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Penarth Odd Metal work; any ideas
Posted: 26/10/2018 23:20:43
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I would guess the lack of visible wear marks on the above ground portion combined with a further lack of lever mounting holes may suggest otherwise?
It could possibly be a part of one of the three weighing machine shown on early mapping?
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Penarth Odd Metal work; any ideas
Posted: 26/10/2018 23:23:38
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The previous thread copied in above provided some scale to the plate, does it stack up? Looks a bit big to me... IP: 88.111.7.104
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Penarth Odd Metal work; any ideas
Posted: 27/10/2018 04:55:59
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Snip from Penarth pdf file showing back of object.


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Penarth Odd Metal work; any ideas
Posted: 27/10/2018 08:26:37
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This isn't the exact image I was hoping to post, but I am away, this will give you an idea what I mean.
3rd picture from the left, 'Alarmy' stock picture prevents you from copying.
https://www.google.co.uk/search?biw=1366&bih=657&tbm=isch&sa=1&ei=9RDUW8qnJIjWgAalyofoBg&q=narrow+guage+manual+point+lever&oq=narrow+guage+manual+point+lever&gs_l=img.12...0.0.0.548689.0.0.0.0.0.0.0.0..0.0....0...1c..64.img..0.0.0....0.Dceztz4Caiw
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Penarth Odd Metal work; any ideas
Posted: 27/10/2018 10:20:13
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trebor wrote:

This isn't the exact image I was hoping to post, but I am away, this will give you an idea what I mean.
3rd picture from the left, 'Alarmy' stock picture prevents you from copying.
https://www.google.co.uk/search?biw=1366&bih=657&tbm=isch&sa=1&ei=9RDUW8qnJIjWgAalyofoBg&q=narrow+guage+manual+point+lever&oq=narrow+guage+manual+point+lever&gs_l=img.12...0.0.0.548689.0.0.0.0.0.0.0.0..0.0....0...1c..64.img..0.0.0....0.Dceztz4Caiw


That’s starting to look promising!!
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Penarth Odd Metal work; any ideas
Posted: 27/10/2018 12:43:32
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It looks quite LARGE for narrow gauge track? Could we have an approximate set of dimensions for the thing poking out of the ground please?

I agree that it looks a repurposed something else, but unsure that it was originally a track component.... it looks almost too substantial.
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Penarth Odd Metal work; any ideas
Posted: 27/10/2018 13:23:01
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Trying to provide an image to give a little perspective. Odd if it is points system set into the ground!

IP: 88.111.7.104 Edited: 27/10/2018 13:24:11 by Detrus
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Penarth Odd Metal work; any ideas
Posted: 27/10/2018 16:35:43
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I thought it was a baseplate but it looks way too big even for mainline standards. IP: 86.145.11.51
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