[Pic 4] Rhos Slate Quarry - View from above (Aug 1982)
From the edge of the pit (off camera in the bottom left corner) is a fine cutting with tramway routes leading out to the mill and tips beyond. As mentioned a De Winton loco worked this area at some stage, followed by at least two diesels (one a 1934 Ruston & Hornsby) and running off to the left (behind the barracks upper left) was the tramway that these engines ran along to the connection with the Foel quarry inclines. Note the tramway entrance into the end wall of the mill and the few remaining slates on the roof.
[Pic 5] Rhos Slate Quarry - Cutting 1 (Aug 1982)
Looking back from within the pit cutting (the pit being behind camera) towards the end wall of the mill. The layout of the site is actually quite simple with everything more or less on one level and both waste and good rock passing through this cutting - the waste heading off to the tips, while good slate would be wheeled in through the end door of the mill.
[Pic 6] Rhos Slate Quarry - Cutting 2 (Aug 1982)
Looking from the mill through the cutting to the large, deep pit. As mentioned earlier the cutting once ran to a tunnel into the original workings. These were devoured as the quarrymen followed the slate down and the pit formed, becoming deeper and deeper over time. The earlier water balance uphaulage incline* has long since been quarried away, leaving few remains - but there are some remains of the later chain uphaulage, including the waterwheel housing and nearby mountings for sheaves, located above the mill. The eastern face of the pit is quite shear and surprisingly deep, but the western face is more eroded and still contains the balance tank for the original incline. There are sections remaining of a gallery that once ran around the northen part of the pit (from the mill cutting) to the western side that i assume formed the connection with the old incline.
* This replaced an even earlier form of uphaulage that was powered by the large mill wheel.
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