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Ruined Castle Tramway and Mines

LPI Jamison 8930-2N

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A complex series of mines was dug under the Ruined Castle in the early 1900s. The mines were a rich source of oil-shale.

The oil shale was transported from the mines along horse-drawn tramways, initially to the Aerial Cableway & after its collapse, all the way back to Katoomba.

Collapsed mine adits, the tramway benches & the mullock heaps can still be seen today.

Keen observers might be lucky enough to see the occasional relics - broken glass, part of a skip, a length of tramway track or the like.

Blue Mountains National Park (NSW)