Garreg Fawr Aerial Ropeway

Garreg Fawr Aerial Ropeway

Garreg Fawr Aerial Ropeway

Date

26 July 2014
Location

Betws Garmon

SH 54259 58165; 53.10070°N, 4.17826°W

Information

In 1907 Alfred Hickman Ltd acquired Garreg Fawr iron mine and embarked upon a major redevelopment programme. As part of this work, a 4.7 km-long aerial ropeway was constructed in order to transport crushed ore from the mine to the railway (the LNWR) at Llanberis on the other side of Moel Eilio. The ropeway was supported by steel pylons fixed to masonry bases. The buckets it conveyed each had a capacity of 300 kg. The first leg of their journey was northwards to a corner base where the ropeway turned north-eastwards taking it up over the shoulder of the mountain and thence down to a terminus on the banks of Lyn Padarn in Llanberis.

 

Garreg Fawr Aerial Ropeway

Looking towards Mynydd Mawr. The 7m-long stone-built base is topped with concrete and has 20 iron bolts that anchored its angle-iron pylon. The ropeway changed direction at this angle station.

Garreg Fawr Aerial Ropeway

Garreg Fawr Aerial Ropeway

Garreg Fawr Aerial Ropeway

Garreg Fawr Aerial Ropeway

Garreg Fawr Aerial Ropeway

Garreg Fawr Aerial Ropeway

Garreg Fawr Aerial Ropeway

Garreg Fawr Aerial Ropeway

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15 thoughts on “Garreg Fawr Aerial Ropeway

  1. Clever shots…very nice indeed. I always wonder about these…were the nuts on the threaded rods put back after the machinery/pylons were taken by the scrappies, or was there some other method of fixing that I’m missing? There always seem to be nuts on the top of the rods. I don’t expect an answer, just my neurones rumbling…all three of them 🙂

  2. Those are some very long bolts! Clever use of focus and composition has increased the number of photographic opoortunities here, good stuff.

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