Friog Quarry

Gauge: 1ft 11½in (600mm)

 

Collection Objects

NumberRailwayObject TypeDescriptionImage
TYWRM:FQ001Friog Quarryrail chairtwo cast iron joint chairs for T-section rail; approx 20 lb/yd; 2ft gauge. file FQ001.jpg
TYWRM:FQ002.1Friog Quarryrail chairCast iron chair for T-section rail; approx 20 lb/yd; 2ft gauge. file FQ002-1.jpg
TYWRM:FQ002.2Friog Quarryrail chairsix cast iron chairs for T-section rail; approx 20 lb/yd; 2ft gauge. file FQ002.jpg
TYWRM:FQ003Friog Quarryraillength of Thomas Hughes type rail; one end broken off. From Hen Ddol Quarry; Friog. file FQ003-2.jpg
TYWRM:FQ004Friog Quarryrailpoint crossing for double flanged wheels. From Athog Quarry; Friog. file FQ004.jpg

The Cambrian Railway which opened in the 1860s was not much used for slate traffic but nevertheless a number of small slate quarries were worked on the south side of the Mawddach estuary in the area of Fairbourne and Arthog. The amount of slate quarried did not make any elaborate form of transport worthwhile.

Friog Quarry utilised a lightweight (20lb/yd rails) 2 foot gauge tramway on site. Simple T sections rails were used but a length of Thomas Hughes type rail was also found there: this is of round section with a hook at each end for fixing into a hole in a cast iron joint chair.

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