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    Default Dartmoor - Merrivale Quarry & Meldon Quarry Railway


    Headed out on this mission with Dangerous Dave who provided valuable intel on location and directions.

    Dave's gonna add his version of events later on...


    WARNING !

    Don't venture out unless you have to was what the weather reports were saying. We started off in mid cornwall where not a spec of snow was to be seen but by the time we reached dartmoor it was a total white out. Roads were blocked, snow drifts swept across the roads but we were persistent and managed to get through..



    A bit of info (thanks wiki) before we get to the pictures.

    Merrivale Quarry is in the heart of Dartmoor and closed down in 2003. It was a granite quarry which since falling out of use has become flooded. It has gradually been stripped and today is a bare shell except for the foundry which still has a few interesting pieces inside.

    Meldon quarry station was originally constructed in the 1920s as Meldon Quarry Halt. It had no public access and functioned as a Staff Halt for Quarry Workers, their families and Railway Staff working at Meldon Quarry.
    The Halt was not shown in the public railway timetable and local passenger services only called by special arrangement. A Workmans' service from Okehampton also operated during this time using a workmens' coach attached to one of the ballast trains.
    A new station at Meldon Quarry was opened in 2000 by Dartmoor Railway. This was built as a single platform on a site adjacent to the former up line and situated slightly nearer to Okehampton. It is a new construction entirely unrelated to the previous Staff Halt. The station was improved in 2002 with the installation of concrete platform walling and a wooden platform shelter in BR Southern Region style and colour scheme.

    Although we didn't really venture into the quarry due to it being under a good covering of snow and didn't fancy falling to a hideous death we had a look around the adjacent rail yard instead.....

    Poor old ponies, -5 degrees and the water their trying to drink has turned to ice - Ice licking can't be fun





    On to Merrivale



    Inside one of the buildings..not much left



    Ever seen a cutting wheel this big ? we believe it was to cut slate





    The original quarry.. now flooded



    An old foundry building that seems to have been partially restored



    Inside the foundry



    A piece of interesting equipment



    And then on to Meldon...

    On the way up and under meldon viaduct





    Dangerous looking towards the dam on the viaduct







    Quite an unusual sight, rail yard with a quarry backdrop







    Class 08 shunter in its shed







    looks like its recently been painted



    Not many loco's to be seen here but no doubt the jewel in the crown here is this sixties liveried Class 47 "Waverley"



    Thanks for looking

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    Interestion report that , the piece of equipment in the 10th photo said drill sharpener on it. My mind is raceing as to what size drill was sharpened on that, it looked huge. :)
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    nice images mate ive thrown em on my tumblr http://urbandesolation.tumblr.com/po.../trains?ref=nf

    was a epic day ive worked thru the quarry shots nothing exceptional sadly so a shame

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    Forgot to add I liked the shot under meldon viaduct for th esteelwork and how it goes into the distance.:)
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    Some really nice shots there - thanks for making the effort to get out in the snow :) That 47 looks in very good nick.

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    Quote Originally Posted by night crawler View Post
    Forgot to add I liked the shot under meldon viaduct for th esteelwork and how it goes into the distance.:)
    Thanks although sadly I can't take all the credit for it. Dangerous suggested the shot as I had a wide angle lens that would just about squeeze it all it. Its a fantastic piece of engineering.

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    That's a cracking explore and pics, 114...especially in this weather! Some great stuff there and loving the excavations. :)
    Great ponies shot.
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    Quote Originally Posted by dangerous dave View Post
    nice images mate ive thrown em on my tumblr http://urbandesolation.tumblr.com/po.../trains?ref=nf

    was a epic day ive worked thru the quarry shots nothing exceptional sadly so a shame


    Some sharp images there dangerous with nice understated tones. Good stuff

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    Very interesting report, thanks for posting and braving the elements to do so. :)

    I thought your large cutter could actually be for cutting granite into slabs. A colleague of mine does this for a living and I've been in his workshop a few times. Have a look at this link...............

    http://www.legendarydartmoor.co.uk/sett_makers.htm

    ...................which may relate directly to the quarry. If it does, it may well be worth going back when the snow's gone for a wider explore of the area. According to the article, there's a bit of late 1800's history lying around.
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    fantastic place - something for everyone.

    Seen a similar wheel to that in a slate quarry in N Wales - athough not still in situ.
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