Tipping spent shale, Pumpherston, West Lothian

Maker
Unknown
Production date
Circa 1910
Description
View of a worker raising one end of a hutch to tip out the red blaes. The hutch has been run out to the edge of the bing on narrow gauge rails. Far below there are what appear to be shale workers' rows, and open fields.
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Department
Maker
Production date
Circa 1910
Subject notes
The red blaes was what remained after shale had been roasted in the retorts. The richest shale provided 200 litres per tonne but by the 1920s the best shale was worked out and only 110 litres per tonne were being obtained.
Accession number
P17164

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