Monday 10 August 2015
An abandoned industrial site hiding a wildlife haven
Threlkeld, Lake District The quarry walls here, below Blencathra, are of nutrient-rich microgranite, yielding a fertile soil for plant life to flourish
Ian Hartland opens up the regulator as his saddle-tank locomotive attacks the incline of the quarry’s narrow gauge railway. Children in the carriages behind reach out to touch the foliage that brushes the little train as it chuff-chuffs its way up a gradient only slightly less steep than that of the wickedly inclined Darjeeling Himalayan Railway, its wheels just occasionally slipping.