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Department Photo
Accession No P16687
Caption Railway tanker wagons, Westwood shale oil works, West Lothian
Date photo taken Circa 1910
Brief Description Railway tanker wagons being filled from large storage tanks. Workers are standing on top of two of the wagons. The wagons belong to a company at Glasgow, possibly the Scottish Oil and Fuel Company of Buchanan Street.
Photographer or Artist Unknown
Subject Notes The Pumpherston Oil Co was formed in 1883 to exploit the ammonia rich shales. By 1902 the company employed 1200 men, 800 of whom were miners. It was equipped with 180 retorts in which oil was extracted from the shale.
Subject Category Petrochemicals/Chemical Industry
Railway/Transport; Rail
Transportation/Chemical Industry
Subject Person Scottish Oils Ltd
The Pumpherston Oil Company
Subject Place Westwood Shale Oil Works/Pumpherston/West Lothian
Associated Notes By 1871, the industry was producing 110 million litres a year, most of which would be transported to markets by rail.
Grid Ref NT 07 69
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