The Empire

The Empire

I think this is an old programme cover – but where was the Empire?

Paul Clarke suggests that its ”the old pictures at the top of Wood Road, near Wombles chippy and The Mars Inn” – any takers?

Thanks for the update Paul – rodders

Martyn Richardson says ”That’s exactly where it was/is. The picture shows it in its early days, before the rounded corner section was added (where the new entrance was created). I remember going to Saturday Matinees as a lad around 1977-79. The projectionist for quite some time was Alan (Squiggie) who had a hot thirsty job, and unlike us, never had time to get himself a Kia Ora, thank you:)”

(Image courtesy of Steven Rowe)

Filling The Viaduct

Filling The Viaduct

Due to undermining of the Kilton Viaduct it became necessary to convert it to an embankment – robbing the valley of this graceful curved structure of cast iron girders on stone columns. It looks to be about one third of the way to completion in this photograph. The temporary trackwork is clearly evident along the valley floor as well.
(Image courtesy of Steven Rowe)

Viaduct Derailment

Viaduct Derailment

This is a different shot of this well photographed incident. We have a good view of the iron ore hoppers and their fitments. Air (or vacuum?) brakes are evident by the pipework on the bufferbeam of the nearest one and that peculiar mechanism over each wheel can be seen to appear to have gears connecting it up. There must be an expert on these hoppers out there somewhere!
(Image courtesy of Steven Rowe)

The Buckets (Bottom Pylon)

The Buckets (Bottom Pylon)

This image shows the famous Skinningrove buckets. This is the pylon nearest Loftus Ironstone Mine – see the old staple shaft for Whitecliffe Mine to the left of it. The buckets were constructed to take the ironstone up the hill to Skinningrove Ironworks after the haulage gear at Loftus North Mine wore out.

(Image courtesy of Steven Rowe)