Midlothian’s 100 Objects - Lady Victoria winding engine

Lady Victoria Colliery's Grant Ritchie winding engine. Photo: National Mining Museum Scotland
Lady Victoria Colliery's Grant Ritchie winding engine. Photo: National Mining Museum Scotland

The Lady Victoria Colliery headgear worked with the Grant, Ritchie and Company winding engine to raise and lower the men and coal up and down the mine shaft.

The engine was one of the most powerful in Scotland and could lift more than 11 tons.

Grant, Ritchie was a Scottish engineering firm based in Kilmarnock and founded in 1876 by Thomas Grant and William Ritchie. The company’s products included steam engines and steam locomotives.

The Grant, Ritchie winding engine at the National Mining Museum, Newtongrange, was built for the colliery in the 1890s. A Grant, Ritchie locomotive is preserved at the Ribble Steam Railway.

Photo: National Mining Museum Scotland.

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