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Steam cranes and a rock cutting on the Mountsorrel branch

Steam cranes and a rock cutting on the Mountsorrel branch

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L2812. This magnificent photograph was taken during construction of the Mountsorrel branch line, a short single track route that left the London Extension at Swithland before heading north east to the Mountsorrel quarries. As this picture of a roughly hewn rock cutting testifies, significant extraction of granite was required for the line itself. Two steam powered cranes are at work on the contractor's temporary railway that is running, somewhat precariously, along the edge of the cutting wall.
Publisher
ContributorLeicestershire County Council
Creatorpersonalname - S. W. A Newton
Datecreation - circa 1897
TypePhotographs - black and white
Formatdimension.H - 117mm
dimension.W - 138mm
IdentifierNewton - Z 6/10
SourceS. W. A. Newton Collection - Record Office for Leicestershire, Leicester & Rutland
LanguageEN
Relationcopy of - glass plate negative
part of - S. W. A. Newton Collection
CoverageLocation.Current Repository - Record Office for Leicestershire, Leicester & Rutland
Location.Creation Site - Mountsorrel, Leicestershire (O.S. Ref: 457200 314800)
period - circa 1897
RightsLeicestershire County Council
OS457200 314800