On a recent walk on Goathland Moor I noticed the local Gamekeepers doing a spot of heather burning. As I walked across the moor I stumbled upon an old building which is not clearly visible from the road. Some type of derilict barn which would at the right time of day make a cracking photograph. My shot isnt that good and is posted mosted for informational purposes. I shared the photograph onto our facebook page and one of the more informative members (Keith Thompson) there helped me out with the following info :
The building is the old Donkey shed for the mines that once ran underground there. They mined Whinstone which was taken in trucks along the mine track to the station where it was loaded in to a water driven pelton wheel crusher then loaded on to railway trucks and taken away to be used as road ballast.
Originally drawn by donkeys the trucks where pulled latterly by a ford popular car adapted to run on the railway lines laid on the mine track. If you take a wander along you can see remnants of them still. Water from the mine was piped into a reservoir to provide pressure for the pelton wheel, the reservoir is above Lancaster Cottages which themselves are just above Goathland Station.
The air shaft to the mine is on the other side of the Green End road in the bottom of a gully that is bounded by old mine workings. The mine actually stretches under the A169 & apparently they are in the throes of working on the mine as part of some project which will include the mines in Beckhole as well as the defunct railway system I'm led to believe the National Parks are leading on this.
Keep On Keeping On.