Working at Scar House
Working on the reservoir was dangerous and conditions were
tough. Safety equipment was non existent and accidents
Stone to build Scar House Reservoir was extracted from
quarries dotted around the hillsides. Workers used steel
rods and hammers to separate the rocks from the quarry face
although explosives were also used.
A special gravity system allowed train trucks to bring the
stone down from the quarries to the reservoir. The trucks were
connected to a steel cable and winding engines in the
quarry. As one truck came down the hillside full of stone, the
other truck went back up to the quarry ready to be re-filled.
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