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Photo-a-Day  (Saturday, 21st April, 2018)

Slag Heap


Slag Heap
Slag Heap next to Scotsman Flash.

Photo: Mick Byrne  (Panasonic TZ100)
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Comment by: Roskie on 21st April 2018 at 06:49

That slag heap was the old railway embankment

Comment by: Scholes Malc on 21st April 2018 at 06:55

'slag-heap'? is that not the embankment for the old railway line Mick?

Comment by: Helen of Troy on 21st April 2018 at 07:51

Interesting photo. Anyone know why the slag heap has not been planted with trees etc, like in other parts of mining country. Near Mansfield there is a good example of what can be done to naturalise these spoil heaps. This one would make a great area for people to walk etc, with the water nearby.

Comment by: David Owens on 21st April 2018 at 10:40

I believe that is to bethe route of the new road linking Westwood to the M6 at Orrell. (if it ever happens!!!)

Comment by: John Banks on 21st April 2018 at 10:42

They have left it like that it will be the new link road from Orrell to the new link road at Chapel Lane were the cooling towers were.

Comment by: Ken R on 21st April 2018 at 17:31

Good photo Mick. The railway embankments were built up by waste from the mining industry including dirt from stone works ,mine shafts, tunneling. slag from the blast furnaces, common name slag heaps.

Comment by: Rev David Long on 21st April 2018 at 21:03

Whatever it was built from - slag, pit-waste, or excavated earth - this is a railway embankment - not a slag heap. Personally, I prefer it the way it is. "Naturalising" such features leads to them losing all sense of their history - they may look pretty, but too much is lost.

Comment by: Garry on 22nd April 2018 at 09:34

You're right Rev David, it's the railway embankment of the old Pemberton loop line that ran from Hindley to Pemberton. The line closed in 1969 and the track lifted along with all steel bridges.

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