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CEFN COED COLLIERY WAS ONCE THE DEEPEST ANTHRACITE MINE IN THE WHOLE WORLD. THE MUSEUM IS STILL UNIQUE AND  HOME TO:

 square04_yellow.gif   The largest working winding engine in Wales.

 square04_yellow.gif   One of the very few remaining examples of a Welsh made steam winding engine.

 square04_yellow.gif   The largest collection of steam boilers in the whole of the U.K.

 square04_yellow.gif   The only gas powered passenger tram thought to exist anywhere in the world!

 

THE UNDERGROUND MINING GALLERY

Come and experience the harsh, damp, dark conditions that colliers went through in the very authentic simulated underground gallery where the fascinating story of coal mining is represented from Victorian to more modern times. Try pulling our sled and experience how hard it was for Victorian children who worked down the mines.

Listen to the sounds of miners working the coal face in the pillar and stall exhibit, and read about accidental roof falls gave Cefn Coed the nickname of  "the slaughter-house".

 
The Underground Gallery
   
   

 

   

MORLAIS COLLIERY STEAM WINDING ENGINE

Lying in the shadow of the stack outside the reception area this engine was manufactured in 1880 by Andrew Barclay and Co Ltd and the winding drum is of a very unusual design and very rare.

It is interesting to note that Cefn Coed and Morlais Collieries were the last two pits in South Wales to operate on steam power.

   
Morlais Colliery Steam Winding Engine
 
     

 

 

THE BOILER ROOM

Keeping your boilers stoked meant keeping your men alive in the colliery because everything depended on steam’

Come and marvel at the largest collection of steam boilers in the U.K. These six ‘Lancashire’ boilers were built, then used in the open air by 3 stokers who would get through 10 tons of coal every day until the building was erected in the 1930’s to protect them. They worked day and night through summer and winter, even Christmas day to make sure that enough steam was produced so the colliery could keep operating.

   
The Boiler Room
 
         

 THE COMPRESSOR HOUSE

As well the impressive compressor a series of temporary exhibitions are shown such as ‘The History Of The Dulais Valley’.

   
The Compressor House
 
         

THE WINDING ENGINE

Come and see the largest running winding engine in Wales. Watch the pistons moving as they rotate the drum. Hear the engine working and listen to the noises it makes.

Manufactured by Worsley Mesnes Ltd of Wigan it was installed in 1927 to provide power to raise and lower the men, equipment and coal in the cages of the downcast shaft. Originally run by steam the engine is now electrically driven.

The winding man controlled the engine from his cabin and used a dial to gage the position of the cage and rate of descent. He also used chalk marks on the drum to line up the cage.  You can sit in his cabin and pull the bell to give shaft signals.

   

The Winding Engine in Motion
 
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MAIN EXHIBITION ROOM

You can find out how coal was made, say hello to our pit pony, see many artefacts used at the colliery and read about the fascinating history of Cefn Coed.

There is also an activity table for children with colouring sheets and crosswords plus a dressing up box so they can see what it was like to dress as a miner or his wife.

 

 

   
Exhibition Room
 
     
 
 

THE GAS TRAM

Climb aboard the Neath Gas tram - believed to be the only gas powered passenger tram in the world!
 
Sit on top and imagine what it would have been like to ride the tram through Neath in 1899 and watch the 10 minute video showing how the tram was restored after being found in someone’s garden who had been using it as a shed

 

   
The Gas Tram
 
     
 
 

 

 

 

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