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Quoich Power Station

Quoich Power Station sign

OS Grid Ref: NH 10717 01186
Date opened: 1955
Date closed : Operational




There's no works or gatehouse associated with the surge shaft at Quoich; it's a simple fenced hole in the ground on the open hillside above the power station, reached by a hill track:

Quoich Surge Shaft

Photo: Quoich Surge Shaft
Photo by: Mike Ross


The shaft enclosure:

Quoich Surge Shaft

Photo: Quoich Surge Shaft
Photo by: Mike Ross



Looking down the shaft. No access ladder, just a view down the upper expansion chamber, then the 'rim' around the narrower main part of the surge shaft. The white substance in the picture is snow. Look carefully and you can just see the ripples on the water surface, a long way down the shaft - the water level in the shaft is the same as the level at Loch Quoich, of course, and that was quite low when this photo was taken:

Quoich Surge Shaft

Photo: Quoich Surge Shaft
Photo by: Mike Ross


Looking down the shaft. No access ladder, just a view down the upper expansion chamber, then the 'rim' around the narrower main part of the surge shaft. The white substance in the picture is snow. Look carefully and you can just see the ripples on the water surface, a long way down the shaft - the water level in the shaft is the same as the level at Loch Quoich, of course, and that was quite low when this photo was taken:

Quoich Surge Shaft

Drawing: Quoich Surge Shaft & high-pressure system
Illustration by: Scanned by Mike Ross, from Water Power, June 1959


A short distance down the hill below the surge shaft is the construction adit, used in the building of the tunnel, and still used for access for maintenance and inspection:

Quoich Surge Shaft - Adit

Photo: Quoich Surge Shaft - Adit
Photo by: Mike Ross


A closer view of the adit entrance. the sign warns that it's an 'unlined access tunnel':

Quoich Surge Shaft - Adit

Photo: Quoich Surge Shaft - Adit
Photo by: Mike Ross




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