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  • Argyllshire
  • Perth and Perthshire


  • Agriculture
  • Construction and engineering
  • Power resources
  • Ships and shipping
  • Water and waterways


  • Documentary
  • Sponsored


  • Films of Scotland Committee
  • LOW, David
  • Templar Films


  • 1960s

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Reference number: 2790

Date: 1966

Director: d. David Low

Sponsor: Films of Scotland and North of Scotland Hydro-Electric Board

Production company: Templar Film Studios

Sound: sound

Original format: 35mm

Colour: col

Fiction: non-fiction

Running time: 49.50 mins

Description: A description of the building of the pumped-storage hydro-electric scheme at Loch Awe, Argyll.

Alternative version of ref. 2214 HOLLOW MOUNTAIN. See also ref. 6211.

Production files held at National Library of Scotland Moving Image Archive.

See also [last accessed 6/8/2013]

Credits: ph. David Low
p. Robert Riddell Black
comm. Joseph McLeod
Consulting Engineers for the Cruachan Scheme : James Williamson & Partners; Merz and McLellan.
The Producers gratefully acknowledge the assistance of the following contractors:
Civil Engineering Works : Edmund Nuttall Sons & Co (London) Ltd.; William Tawse Ltd. Thyssens (Great Britain) Ltd. & Geo. Wimpey & Co. Ltd.
Electrical & Mechanical Plant : Associated Electrical Industries Ltd.; Boying & Co. Ltd.; English Electric Co. Ltd.; J.L. Eve Construction Co. Ltd.; Ferranti Ltd.; A Reyrolle & Co. Ltd.; British Insulated Callender's Cables Ltd.; Glenfield & Kennedy Ltd.; British Brown Boveri Ltd.; Standard Telephones & Cables Ltd. & Marshall Fleming & Co. Ltd.

Shotlist: REEL 1
title (0.11) gvs electricity pylons, reservoirs and hydro-electric stations at Pitlochry and Glen Shira and the peak load station at Loch Lomond (2.26) ext. and int. shots of nuclear power stations and fossil fuel power stations (3.05) int. control room at Cruachan power station (3.55) gvs High Corrie on Ben Cruachan, at the upper reservoir (5.00) construction work on road on Ben Cruachan (5.53) c/u testing of hydraulic machines (12.39) gvs men working on construction of tunnel and diagrams of tunnel system (16.22) gvs men working on early stages of construction of dam. (19.00)

ints. steel foundry, making and hand finishing of stainless steel castings, welded and fitted, construction of steel cables, circuit breakers and switch gear (7.49) construction site of switching station at Dalmally, shots of site clearance of peat bog (8.44) pan shot of view from Ben Cruachan with shots of construction of steel pylons (9.44) shots of construction of electrical conductors in snowy conditions (10.56) shots inside helicopter and of helicopter flying with load being carried underneath it (11.49) shots of construction site for outfall structure and coffer dam at Loch Awe (15.22) shots of steel casting on trucks with "Made by John Brown & Co Clydebank Limited" written on side of casting being driven slowly along Loch Lomond, past Loch Sloy Power Station and another truck with heavy load on road up Glen Ogle (16.48) heavy load being driven into portal entrance to tunnel at Cruachan (17.25) tracking shot of road inside tunnel (17.43) brief shot construction work inside tunnel (17.55)

spiral casings being fitted in tunnel and shot of Land Rover driving in tunnel (1.23) construction work on the dam (4.50) shot of closing of the gates in the new dam (5.08) shots of the start of the filling of the reservoir (5.41) assembly of the valve units (6.15) rebuilding of the transformers, fitting of oil filled cables with shots of commissioning tests (9.37) shot of the Queen arriving in royal car for the opening ceremony and shots of the ceremony (10.21) shots of electricity pylon and aerials of the dam and of landscape round Ben Cruachan (12.04) ecs (12.55) (1163ft)