image of area from
we went from Blacksyke colliery to the Blacksyke quarry to Gairs colliery
along this route ran the famous Rocket steam engine
"In April 1837 James Thompson purchased George Stephensons Rocket from the Liverpool and Manchester Railway for the sum of £300"
"Blacksyke Colliery's first shaft was sunk during 1820-1 and went into production in 1822-3 using a steam engine for pumping and coal winding. To serve this Blacksyke colliery a branch line was put in East of Hallbangate climbing in a south westerly direction via a rope hauled line to reach this bleakly sited colliery".
details of accidents at colliery
this is a coke oven
at the top of the hill of mine waste
steam engine where it used to be
note from dad : used for mine and the railway -incline was too steep for engines on their own !
video of Blacksyke mine
Blacksyke s quarry
note from dad -not from this area looks like Eden red sandstone ?
Blacksyke quarry from above
Forest head Quarry
try and spot the railway line
Here are the railway tracks to Gains Colliery
background note :
Gairs Colliery - Work began on Gairs Colliery on the bleak windswept fells above Hallbankgate during 1909 and was completed by 1912. Besides the main seam there was a blacksmith shop and screens for sorting the coal. With this new development a further extension of the Brampton Railway was completed with a branch leaving the Blacksyke route near Forrest Head and following the course of the older line to Howgill. Beyond Howgill the new line climbed steeply to Gairs Colliery with gradients of between 1 in 27 to 1 in 18 which was one of the steepest worked adhesion lines in Great Britian at the time. At its peak in 1921 Gairs Colliery employed 180 below ground and 51 above ground and was finally abandoned on 6th September 1936
note from Dad -we dropped height and took the protected route next to the stone wall to avoid the wind
(one of the small breaks in the weather to allow a good photo )
blackberry played up due to getting wet so distance is underestimated times/speed not accurate
point to point run
we used a combination of the above two walks plus the Cumbria railways site to explore this area
http://www.geograph.org.uk/photo/461843 Gains mine in better weather than we had !