Big Pit Mining Museum

Here is a picture oozing with atmosphere, from the sleeper crossing in the foreground and the foundations of a demolished hut to the pit props waiting to be used underground. The dark horizontal line across the hills in the background is also historic. According to local legend, a large excavator had been shipped to Blaenavon in parts and built on site to do a job. Its next job was just a few miles South, so they used it to dig its own road along the hillside. This took place shortly after WW2 - presumably, the word remediation had not yet entered the dictionary.

Location: Big Pit Mining Museum

Original line: Brynmawr and Blaenavon Railway

Photographer: Ken Strachan

Contact photographer: Ken Strachan

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Photosets: South Wales, ancient and modern  

Date: 20/04/2014

Image number: 74261

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