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Ormiston Coal Company

Title: Ormiston Coal Company
Reviewed by Admin on Jul 3

The Ormiston Coal Company, whose workings were south of Tranent in East Lothian. The company were one of a number of small concerns working either a single or a few linked, small pits on the East Lothian coalfield.

There were vast fleets of colliery wagons, which were in use until the middle of the 20th century.

One of the Ormiston Coal Company wagons was collected by David Spence, founder of the Scottish Mining Museum. From an early stage, he had recognised that traditional equipment and methods in his industry were becoming obsolete. When he retired, he launched an attempt to preserve as much as possible from a base at the former Prestongrange Colliery inEast Lothianand gathered an enthusiastic band of volunteers to help in the collection and restoration of colliery equipment.

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