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Roy Morton

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historic miners truck....chuckle chuckle !
Posted: 05/02/2019 01:35:02
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This item is now on show in the Gold Centre,and has a label attached which states it's a typical miner's truck.
Actually, it was built from bits and bobs at a friends house for use on the surface for tramming away waste raised from a digging project in a shaft.

I couldn't help chuckling when I saw it. The chassis was pine, the wheels and bearings came from an old china clay truck and the tipping body was from an old set of scales in a coal yard.

Now revered as a historical mining artefact……….yeah right!



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Here’s a picture of it in it’s first incarnation



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This is one of the bearing boxes prior to cleaning



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And here’s the final truck working on site



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historic miners truck....chuckle chuckle !
Posted: 05/02/2019 08:15:52
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Similar experience.

Back in the 2000s my chums and I were digging George & Charlotte Middle Adit. To move spoil we put in an 18" gauge tramway. The tramway remained in situ after the dig was abandoned. Later, and to my delight, I found that CAU had recorded it as an archaeological feature of great antiquity!
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historic miners truck....chuckle chuckle !
Posted: 05/02/2019 09:42:34
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I built this replica 4cwt narrow gauge coal tub in 2000. I needed a nice centre piece for a lamp collection, so came up with this.
An axle and two pedestals were obtained from an old mining site in Elland, West Yorks. I worked close by and had heard the site was about to be bulldozed and tipped on.
The body was made from an old pine blanket box, that had been left in the house when I bought it and after adding the metalwork the whole thing was aged with a blowtorch and wire brush and then finally treated with black boot polish.
It must have been convincing as, on a visit from a mining "expert " I was asked "that's a brilliant idea, do you still have the other half?" Smile Didn't have the heart to point out it was made from pine, instead of the traditional Larch.



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historic miners truck....chuckle chuckle !
Posted: 05/02/2019 14:01:23
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I know a farmer who very proudly showed me his mine wagon that he found on his land, he has it in his garden as a planter.

I took one look at it and it's clearly an 80's era cave-dig wagon, the wheels were brake-drums off a mini, the frame was inch renolds box and the sides were aluminium sheet.

He was convinced it was ancient but I didn't want to burst his bubble. And anyway, you could still argue that it is actually a mining wagon, just not as old as he thinks.

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historic miners truck....chuckle chuckle !
Posted: 05/02/2019 15:46:01
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CAU can be good for a few belly laughs from time to time. A survey of the Wheal fortune (Gwennap) site shows a shaft on county adit 300 yds east of Woolf's Engine shaft, marked as Woolf's Footway Shaft.
Utter rubbish !
Long live the CAU !

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I built this replica 4cwt narrow gauge coal tub in 2000. I needed a nice centre piece for a lamp collection, so came up with this.
An axle and two pedestals were obtained from an old mining site in Elland, West Yorks. I worked close by and had heard the site was about to be bulldozed and tipped on.
The body was made from an old pine blanket box, that had been left in the house when I bought it and after adding the metalwork the whole thing was aged with a blowtorch and wire brush and then finally treated with black boot polish.
It must have been convincing as, on a visit from a mining "expert " I was asked "that's a brilliant idea, do you still have the other half?" Smile Didn't have the heart to point out it was made from pine, instead of the traditional Larch.



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Posted: 06/02/2019 09:08:07
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Picture of the donor tub in a small ravine, now covered by tipping. Circa 1988.



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