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The Deeside Tramway from Glyndyfrdwy to Moelfferna

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This page covers the remains of some of the railway wagons and other forms of slate transportation that were found on the upper levels in the Moelfferna Quarry.

 
 
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  The charred remains of a flat wagon that was used to transport slate blocks to the processing mill, where the slate was cut to size and split into individual slates.
 
The remains are the right way up.  Originally there were two further cross members, making a total of four.
 

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  This is a former slate waste tipping wagon.  The far end of the wagon is open.
 
Slate waste was put into the vehicle and it was pushed to a tipping point.  The handle on the back end of the wagon was used to lift that end and pour out the waste from the other end.  This is a typical Welsh slate industry design of rubbish wagon. 
 
     
 

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Douglas to Ramsey
Festiniog - 50 Years of Enterprise
Branch Lines Around Portmadoc 1923-46

 
     
 
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  This view is of an unknown type of former railway wagon.  It is upside down and the scrap merchants have removed the wheelsets by smashing the axleboxes, probably with a sledge hammer.  
 
 
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  The remains of one of the slab carriers.  In this instance all four cross members were still present.  
 
     
 

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A Tale of Many Gauges
Industrial Steam Across Britain Volume 5
The Ffestiniog Story Volume 2

 
     

 
 
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  This is another slab carrier that had four cross members, but two of them are now missing.
 
The wagon is upside down and the wheelsets have been removed.
 
 
 
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  This appears to be a slate sled, which was presumably used to move lumps of slate around the quarry in areas that were not served by the railway.  It is upside down.  
 
 
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  The remains of various slate wagons and sleds were on a slate tip.  
 
 
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  An axlebox can be seen under the remains of this railway wagon.  
 
 
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  The remains of the same wagon, pictured from above.  
  
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