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Old Quarry

Postby killers2 » 21 Jan 2015, 21:31

Hi

Im just wondering if anyone knows were theres a Derelict/ disused Quarry with an old Ruston Bucirus Digger still there as per picture....There were some old Atkinson 6x6 ex snowplough/gritters used with Dumper bodies....


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Re: Old Quarry

Postby EWW » 21 Jan 2015, 21:40

I doubt very much it is in this area. I have never seen any Atkinson snow ploughs around
here in my time living here The only large quarry round here is Leziate pits known as
the Blue waters.
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Re: Old Quarry

Postby killers2 » 21 Jan 2015, 21:53

Thanks for the quick reply EWW, i was led to believe it was around this area but the source is abit sketchy... :(
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Re: Old Quarry

Postby EWW » 21 Jan 2015, 22:00

As I said mate, Blue waters are the only big quarries round here and have been used for
backdrops to quite a few TV programmes. There is a large thread on here about the place.

Not sure but will check as I think it is in Pictures from around the local area.
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Re: Old Quarry

Postby killers2 » 21 Jan 2015, 22:10

Thank you very much for that mate.. :-)
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Re: Old Quarry

Postby killers2 » 25 Jan 2015, 21:14

Just a quick update, apparently the old Gritters were dragged out of the quarry when it closed and were kept in a wood next to an old farm,they were still there 5yrs ago but sadly they have been cut up just a couple of years back.... :-(
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Re: Old Quarry

Postby EWW » 25 Jan 2015, 21:28

What quarry are you taking about as Blue waters is still in operation.
The only gritters I have ever seen around her have been council run.

There was an old quarry at Middleton but the picture looks nothing like that.
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Re: Old Quarry

Postby TonyNorris » 25 Jan 2015, 21:57

The picture was of one of the old draglines used in the quarry at Bawsey.
I think they stopped using them in late 70's or early 80's when the front loader shovels were used and are still used today. The sand used to be transported back for processing by smalll gauge rail trucks but were superceded by belts.
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Re: Old Quarry

Postby EWW » 25 Jan 2015, 22:01

Hi Tony. There is a lot on here about the narrow gauge railway in other threads, we
used to play on them as kids.
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Re: Old Quarry

Postby killers2 » 25 Jan 2015, 22:19

The picture above was taken Dec'14, apparently it was used to load the old Atkinson Dumpers that i was trying to trace....
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Re: Old Quarry

Postby cws196 » 26 Jan 2015, 10:50

So does anyone actually know where the photo was taken?
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Re: Old Quarry

Postby MJR » 26 Jan 2015, 14:18

No but my guess would be the area between Sandy Lane and Bawsey Road. http://osm.org/go/0EUib6nh-?layers=C sort of area. There's something about the trees and the sandier soil which makes me feel it's north of the Gaywood, but I've only been here a few decades so could be very wrong :lol:
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Re: Old Quarry

Postby cws196 » 26 Jan 2015, 15:44

My guess would be it's far more local to Bawsey ie close to the current quarry workings/near Leziate. Very interested to know the location!
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Re: Old Quarry

Postby EWW » 26 Jan 2015, 17:11

I'm with you on that CWS but his gritter bit threw me out. I think I know what he is talking
about now. The trucks they used in the quarry had a metal screen over the buck to stop
large pieces from being loaded. I suppose they do look like road gritters minus the gizmo
at the rear that spins the grit onto the roads.
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Re: Old Quarry

Postby killers2 » 26 Jan 2015, 21:04

Thats right EWW, they were Gritters but were converted for quarry use with Moxy dumper bodies fitted, only used on internal work....
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