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cybers

Auchinleck's Barony Colliery & Power Station

Passed this many many times on a road that runs parallel to it.
Today i decided to go there as i had a little time to kill.
Seems the whole thing is a memorial / monument to the Barony Colliery which closed under the thatcher regime.

It opened in 1908 and closed in 1989 and now the whole place is a picnic area.
To the left of this tower is a small Headstone with an inscription shown in the second photo....

After i seen this one i noticed a smaller one further down the road in auchinleck itself but never had the time to check it out.... something for another day i suppose.



The Headstone
xxx zos xxx

Crackin shots   Where abouts is it???
cybers

Go down the A77 towards Ayr take the main kilmarnock dumfries cut off heading for Cumnock before cumnock is Auchinleck and you can actually see it from there .

Think it might be an ecuse for a picnic this weekend.
Alex Glass

Great photos Cybers.    
xxx zos xxx

cybers wrote:
Go down the A77 towards Ayr take the main kilmarnock dumfries cut off heading for Cumnock before cumnock is Auchinleck and you can actually see it from there .

Think it might be an ecuse for a picnic this weekend.


cheers i'll be down that way monday, mite pop by
Fjord

2154 ft deep!
I wouldn't  fancy taking a heider down that.
Stuball

Stuball

Just down from the A Frame is all that remains of the Barony Power station. A rare form of station that burned the waste from the colliery in slurry form, it was decommissioned when the pit closed. The part that remained was probably the primary for nearby Auchinleck and New Cumnock.





Stuball





cybers

Nice bit of info Stu ....
I know you have interior shots .... nane o yir pussyfooting around get thum shown !!!
Stuball

Those 3 will have to do for now
Stuball



Stuball



cybers

Bob could fix that for yi in jig time  
cell

I was surprised to see that some of the station buildings were still standing, I had always presumed that the whole station had been demolished some time ago and I wonder why they were left.  Iíve attached a couple of general pics from a booklet published in 1958 and another picture of the station in operation, which I lifted from somewhere on the net but canít remember where, so apologises for not acknowledging the source.  In both of the old shots you can make out the L shaped building and the arched glass roof in Stuballís pictures which was the Electrical Control Room. I think from the wall ports the first of Stuballís interior shots is the Main Switch Room. You can also see the pit head winding gear which has been preserved.

Barony was officially opened in Oct 1957 but had first produced electricity in Dec 1956, work on the station had been started under the British Electricity Authority but was opened and operated by the South of Scotland Electricity Board, it was closed in 1983 and the cooling towers and chimney demolished in 1986.

It was a relatively small station, with 2x30MW GEC turbines feed by 4 Babcock & Wilcox boilers, the size was limited by the local supply of fuel which was a coal slurry which came from a group of coal washing plants in Ayrshire. Although the fuel came from the Barony colliery, the mine itself had a separate power station for electricity supply however details of which are sketchy. As a station, Barony was quite successful and led to the building of a similar station at Methil in Fife, its relatively short live was inevitable due to the demise of the mining industry in the area.





Stuball

Thanks for that cell... nice to see the remaining building in context to the rest of the place
Fjord

Good post Cell

here's Barony in 1956 at it's height of production showing the colliery 'A' frame and cooling ponds plus the substantial turbine hall and all the miscellaneous gubbins.
Would I be correct in saying that it was closed once Hunterston 'A' came online in the late 1960's?

Stuball

Another shot of all thats left

cell

Nice aerial shot, I'm always intrested to see new pictures of old and demolished stations.

I believe the reason that the power station closed was mainly due to it's unusual fuel, even though the Barony colliery itself did not close until 1989, the closure of other colliers and washerys in the area, severely limited the supply of fuel and the station was closed in 1983. By all descriptions the fuel was a thick, sludgy material consisting of fine coal particles, clays and water, this would have required specific handling and preparation facilities, which along with the small size of the station, would not have justified the expense of converting it to standard coal firing.
Stuball

View from the open window





Stuball

I love the lighting on these stairs





Stuball





cell

Look at those electricity flashes on the banister supports, pure 50's magic!!
Stuball

cell wrote:
Look at those electricity flashes on the banister supports, pure 50's magic!!


A fantastic feature of the stairs! Pity most of the iron has already been hauf inched
cybers

Lol lightning flashes are the least of your worries there is a DONGER OF DEATH...
Noo they are just bragging i think...

Great set as always Stu

AlanM

There was a film of here in last night's episode of Films of Scotland

http://www.bbc.co.uk/i/wft22/
BenCooper

Interesting stuff  

What's pretty cool is that, though wrecked, there are a few details left, like those lightning flashes. Plus some paperwork:





The lighting is very cool:





I accidentally scared a couple of kids with air rifles who were hunting rabbits...
sputnik

thon out of this world ag will fetch a few bob on evil bay.hope you kept it.
BenCooper

Nope, it's still under the floor where I found it  
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