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Massive earth movers in action this weekend

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Massive earth-moving machines from the largest collection of vintage excavators in the world will once again be working in the Lake District this weekend at Threlkeld Quarry and Mining Museum Railway. Located just a short distance from Keswick and looking across the A66 to Blencathra, this quarry dates from the 1870s, opened to supply railway ballast to the Penrith-Keswick railway line. Granite stone from here was also used by the Manchester Corporation Waterworks for their Thirlmere dam scheme, and for many other building purposes.

You can come and see and hear some massive machines in action - take a break from the Mountain Festival!  The quarry website is at

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