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Ardoisieres D'Angers
Trelaze
Angers
 
Gauge : 600mm
Status : Ceased sometime in 2001
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Date: August 1995

Date: August 1995

Date: August 1995

The first view of the slate railway at Angers for many visitors, was typically the road crossing which is by this time was protected by an automatic barrier. These pictures were taken in 1995, and at this time the track straight ahead runs to the slate waste dumping area, which was back filling an old slate quarry, and the line branching off to the right was to the shaft where the slate was brought to the surface.

In this view, the barriers are down, and a Gmeinder is crossing the road with bogies for loading.

Puits 25' was the only shaft left open which was rail worked, above and below ground. It was due to be replaced by an underground inclined road. Also, a plan for a local road improvement scheme was due to cut through this site in a few years time.

 

Date: August 1995

Date: August 1995

Date: August 1995

Most of the 'bogies' in use were of metal construction, but a few wooden ones were still used. The large slabs were loaded underground onto the cross members of the bogie, weighed as they come to the surface, and then the wagons were coupled together, by long coupling bars.

The green weighing machine is just visible inside the shed. After weighing, the weight is chalked on the slab of slate and a winch pulls the rake of loaded wagons away from the shaft.

By the 1990's just a couple of Gmeinder locos and a Comessa loco were recorded on the 600mm gauge system (a metre gauge system was also still intact, but disused, nearby). The Gmeinder loco leaves the empties in one loop, and picks up a train of loaded bogies from outside the shaft.

Date: August 1995

Date: August 1995

Date: August 2002

The are many remains of various other rail systems in the area, and here a bridge over a minor road, still had some rail in situ.

The line terminates in a relatively modern slate cutting and dressing shed.

Revisiting the area seven years later in 2002, the threatened road improvements had recently been completed and the new road severed the route of the railway in two. This had been roughly the site of the road crossing as seen in the first photograph. Some of the tracks were still in place and tracks once leading to the cutting shed are just visible in the background.

Date: August 2002

In 2002 The pithead and winding shaft were still all in place and much of the trackwork around the yard still visible with the remains of the various bogies scattered about.

 
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