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