The Tramways on the South Caradon Mine Dressing Floor

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The resurrection of the old South Caradon Mine Website  has now reached the stage of digging in and pulling out the transport related pages. It starts off with the network of rails that ran around the bottom of the Seaton Valley to serve the dressing floors.

Transportation of ore around the various processes on the dressing floors required a tramway network that running on different levels along bridges, trestles and embankments.DSCF7228SouthCaradonFloors

Its exact layout is open to some speculation with the tracks shown on the 1882 OS map not fully coinciding with the evidence from the one existing Victorian picture.

The Picture below is a  detail from this picture and it is fully reproduced in Webb and Geach. Detail within this view gives some fascinating clues to the operation and construction of the tramway and yet also leaves some question unanswered.

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Within the photograph one of the mines trucks can be seen sat on a raised track above piles of dressed ore.

An interpretation

The map below an interpretation of the possible track layout based on the following evidence:

  • 1st and 2nd series OS 6″ maps
  • 1880’s photograph
  • Earl: Ore Dressing
  • Maps in CAU, Shambrock, Brown

This layout supports the suggested layout and material flow given on the dressing floor page. The radius of the curves visible in the picture do not coincide well with those in the OS map and it is not clear how the wagons were moved around on the raised walkway.

If anyone on closer inspection of the maps and photograph have alternative suggestions please email me and I will include them in the web site.dftram

Process

1 Ore is delivered from Kitto’s and Holman’s shafts for sorting, ragging, spalling and cobbing in the dressing shed area.

2 Cobbed ore is taken from the dressing shed area up to the crusher for Bucking.

3 After bucking it runs down to the upper valley floor for Jigging

4 The jigged ore sent down the valley.

5 Dressed ore tipped into parcels for sale and shipment by LCR

6 Ore requiring further dressing is trammed back up to the stamps for crushing

7 Crushed Ore is transported to Halven floors by launder in suspension.


Webb and Geach Reprinted

The 1880 photograph from which the photograph on this page was taken is reproduced Webb and Geach Book Coverin full in the Trevithick Society’s re-print of  “History and Progress of Mining in the Liskeard and Caradon District”.

Webb  and  Geach  published  their  History  and  Progress  of  Mining  in  the Caradon  and  Liskeard  Districts  in  1862,  and  a  new  edition  was  issued  the following  year.  Although  predominantly  aimed  at  potential  investors,  it  is clear  that  the  authors  also  wished  to  put  on  record  the  history  of  the  area.  In consequence  their  book  is  an  invaluable  picture  of  the  Liskeard  and  Caradon area in those early boom times.

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