This photo shows "Tram Bridge, Avoca Mines" the original canvas in white frame on a white wall.

“Tram Bridge, Avoca Mines” canvas print or original painting by Rod Coyne.

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“Tram Bridge, Avoca Mines” is one of a series of paintings born out of Rod Coyne’s love for the Vale of Avoca and its rich history. The original artwork is  oil on canvas and measures 70 x 100 cm (28″ x 30″ inches).

Rod Coyne also offers this motif as a framed canvas fine art print (available in three sizes).

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“Tram Bridge, Avoca Mines” – exploring with man’s best friend

“When I first moved to Avoca Co. Wicklow in the early 2000’s there was a lot of exploring to do especially the Avoca Mines. Progress in this department was slow, firstly I had a home to renovate and secondly there was a gallery to renovate and open to the public. But bit by bit I started exploring the surrounding hills with man’s best friend at my side. In the beginning it was Max trotting alongside and these day’s Barley is my trusty side-kick.”

Photo of Barley in the Avoca Mines.
Barley in the Avoca Mines.

“Tram Bridge, Avoca Mines” – rich in gold and history.

“The Vale of Avoca has a rich mining history  which is documented all the way back to the 1600’s. It is the accepted wisdom that the metals ranging from tin to gold would have attracted the first Bronze age settlers and the area is documented on Roman maps from 150AD. In fact, the second biggest gold nugget in history was unearthed at Woodenbridge in the south end of the valley. Nugget is putting it mildly, this thing was the size of an ostrich egg. But the most visible traces of this history are seen in the buildings from the 1800’s and the height of the Industrial Revolution. There are the ruins of mine shafts, ore bins, crushing houses and engine houses with chimney stacks to be found all over the vale today.”

Photo of the Tramarch in Snow.

“Tram Bridge, Avoca Mines” – stopped in my tracks.

“And so it was that years after my wanderings started that I rounded a corner one day and caught my first glimpse of the tram bridge. It took my breath away to see this solid piece of architecture surrounded by heather and so integrated into the landscape. I found it jaw-dropping how perfectly it seemed nested into the landscape and looked as sturdy as the day it had been built. I became aware of the crossroads dynamic of the scene. The road underneath the archway runs away into the distance while to top line runs ninety degrees downhill at a seriously jaunty angle. It reminded me of a section of roller coaster. I knew at once that I would have to paint this captivating monument to a bygone era.” – Rod Coyne.

“Tram Bridge, Avoca Mines” – a fragment of history.

An antique photo shows a A miner marches to the next shift with two Williams engine houses and chimney stacks in the distance.
A miner marches to the next shift, behind him we see two Williams engine houses and chimney stacks in the distance.

“A constant problem was the provision of transporting ore to Arklow for shipment to the smelter. The roads were poor and the Avoca River was not fully navigable. To resolve this Hodgson developed a mineral tramway to Arklow. The tramway followed the line of the river from Arklow to the Lower Ballygahan Mine; terminating somewhere near the present day location of the 20th Century mine office. This section of line, constructed around 1847, was probably single track and the wagons were pulled by horses. Sometime later a branch line was constructed up the hillside to the west to reach the Upper Ballygahan Mine. This branch line took the form of a double tracked incline. The incline appears to have operated in two sections with a steam engine situated mid-way, for hauling the rope attached to the wagon.” –  Extract from the Our Wicklow Heritage website. See the full article here.

Antique photo of the tramway to from the mines to Arklow.
Antique photo of the tramway to from the mines to Arklow.

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