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New Rail Bridge at Carlin How (2)

The new rail bridge with the concrete-work in place.
Image courtesy of Alan Franks.

New Rail Bridge at Carlin How (1)

The new rail bridge starts to take shape on Carlin How bank, now the steel work is in place.
Image courtesy of Alan Franks.

Towers in Blue

A further image from the start-up of Cleveland Potash and just to show that industrial photos don’t have to be grungy and Gothic!
Image courtesy of Alan Franks.

Shaft Sinkers in Kibble

Just in case you thought we were over-glamourising the construction of Boulby Potash – here’s an image to change your mind – these boys earned their coppers! Among those identified to date are Tommy Wood, Colin Light foot and the Morgan brothers. Can anybody assist with other names?

Image courtesy of Alan Franks.

Product Storage Hopper

The finished product storage unit at Boulby Potash – impressive eh!

Image courtesy of Alan Franks.

Not a Crop Circle

Another image of the shaft construction.
Image courtesy of Alan Franks.

Takes a Lot of Iron

It takes a lot of iron – is certainly true – to space the liner from the shaft. Another lovely industrial image, almost art!

Image courtesy of Alan Franks.

Near Enough for Government Work

Traditional skills, traditional tools, traditional methods. Men setting the shutter ready for concreting. They are measuring from a plumb line (there were 4; 1 at each point of the compass). Acrow Jacks were used to push the shutter into position.

Image and words courtesy of Alan Franks.

Shaftmen at work.

Bet you thought it was all machine work; part of the record-breaking team of shaftmen at work. Showing concrete being poured through a metal pipe from the surface (visible to the right of the 1st man). These were called ’Elephant’s Trunks’ as they were short lengths linked together to make them flexible and they looked like an elephant’s trunk. The concrete was vibrated using a compressed air vibrating poker, to make sure the concrete was mixed properly to stop it honey combing, the man on the left is doing this.
Image  and words courtesy of Alan Franks.

Potash Art

An almost artistic industrial image of one of the shafts and a drilling machine.
Image courtesy of Alan Franks.