© Geoff’s Rail Diaries 2011
Here's another of those "must have a look one
day" visits - the Threlkeld Quarry and Mining
Museum, near Keswick in the Lake District. As
its name suggests, it's not primarily a railway
attraction - but over the years a substantial
collection of narrow gauge equipment has been
amassed, with the intention of operating a
passenger train into the quarry. To that end, a
recent arrival has been "Sir Tom", a rather nice
little Bagnall (2135 of 1925) steam locomotive. Sir Tom is in
full working order - but neither he nor
any of his diesel, petrol or battery-
electric colleagues were in action on
this occasion. The upside, of course,
was that we were able to wander
around the site without hindrance.
In addition to the railway, there is a huge
collection of mechanical excavators - mostly of
the Ruston-Bucyrus variety, but with
representatives of other manufacturers present.
Not just excavators - masses of other equipment
too, the purpose of which frequently defies the
imagination... In common with many such sites,
much of the equipment is in open air storage,
awaiting restoration. And then there's the
museum itself - "comprehensive geological and mining museum" -
yes, it was - a most interesting collection, well displayed and
well explained (and, curiously, much bigger than it appeared to
be from outside).
In short, an excellent visit - and there will be a return visit when
the railway is operating.
Link: Threlkeld Quarry and Mining Museum