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Dalmeny Railway No.1 & 2 mines

Location Uncertain, perhaps 55.980167, -3.369221, show in map
Shale-field Queensferry and Dalmeny shale-fields
Dates opened and closed Abandoned pre-1911 without significant quantities of shale having been produced
Owner Dalmeny Oil Company Ltd (New)
Type of working Inclined adit
Seams worked None
Oil works served Dalmeny Oil Works
Current status of site Supposed site now woodland


The Coal Authority Mines Abandonment Catalogue lists Dalmeny No. 2, No. 3 and Railway Mines as being abandoned in 1914. It is unclear whether the Railway Mine relates to an unsuccessful attempt to exploit shale seams to the north of Dalmeny Oil Works - an area subsequently accessed in Rosshill No. 1 & 2 Mines. According to the West Lothian Courier for 10th March 1911, (see full source):

"An attempt was at first made to tap the seams from a point in close proximity to the railway, but, after a considerable amount of expense had been incurred, the scheme was found unsuitable, and the partly constructed mine was dismantled and abandoned."

The 1917 OS map (revised c.1914) shows a "Dalmeny Shale Mine" with an adit heading north west towards reserves of Pumpherston Shale subsequently worked at Rosshill No. 1 & 2. Might this be the "Railway Mine" ?


Ordnance Survey maps reproduced by kind permission of the Trustees of the National Library of Scotland.

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