Coniston Railway

Coniston Railway

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Please note that the content of this book primarily consists of articles available from Wikipedia or other free sources online. The Coniston Railway was a railway in Cumbria, England, linking Coniston and Broughton-in-Furness, which ran for over 100 years between the middle of the 19th to the middle of the 20th century. It was originally designed for the transport of copper ore and slate from the mines near Coniston to the coast and later developed into a line for tourists to the Lake District. The line opened in 1859 and closed in 1962. The Romans were mining cooper ore in the Coniston area 2000 years ago, and there is evidence that copper was being extracted from the area as long ago as the Bronze Age. Green slate has also been quarried in the area for at least 500 years and there has been a tourist industry for some 200 years. By the middle of the 19th century the copper mines and the slate quarries at Coniston were flourishing, the mines employing 400 men and the quarries were producing an average of 2,000 tons of slate a month. Around this time the Coniston mines were the largest copper mines in the north of England.show more

Product details

  • Paperback | 88 pages
  • 152 x 229 x 5mm | 141g
  • Acu Publishing
  • United States
  • English
  • 6135967002
  • 9786135967005