Melin Llechi

The slate industry of North Wales is the theme of this evocative 16mm:1ft scale narrow gauge layout. THOMAS ASHCROFT-DOMONEY outlines its origins and operation.Photography, Jonathan Newton

Nestling between the mountains around Blaenau Ffestiniog, the small mill area of an unknown quarry rumbles to the sound of slate cutting and dressing and wagons being shunted about by an eclectic mixture of motive power. Steam, diesel and even electric power can be found or have been found here through its life from first setting up in the 1900s to its eventual demise in the 1970s.  

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