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Posted: 09/06/2019 21:03:10
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The caver Peter Ireson that the BBC link referred to, subsequently died due to this incident. He was a very experienced caver and member of the Grampian SG.

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Posted: 01/11/2019 12:38:38
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Having read through all the "near death" experiences ppl have been having with old coal mines, I feel like I "must have got away with one" because, before I properly understood the difference between the types of holes in the ground, I took a stroll in an old coal mine, and only came back to the surface when I dropped my hand torch. Oops
I do think that the geology must play a part in this, there was a strong flow of air out of the mine, and at no point did I struggle with breathing.

I am, pretty sure that, after reading about bad air, I will not be venturing back in again... but i'm happy to share the location with others

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Geology: the study of rocks & similar substances (minerals n such) that make up the Earth''s surface. Minerals: are the building blocks of rocks. They are a naturally occuring,inorganic, solid, crystalline substance which has a fixed structure. (and some of them are really pretty)
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Posted: 25/11/2019 15:03:25
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Caphouse Museum Mine has exposed seams with the coal cutters and panzer exactly as last worked on closing day.

The air smells odd and sour but doesn't cause problems.
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Posted: 25/11/2019 16:11:04
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Yes, but Caphouse is still actively ventilating its workings as would happen when it was in production. If they stopped doing that, it would no longer be safe to visit....

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Posted: 26/11/2019 21:36:29
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I hate to spoil the fun, but...
Coal mines will kill you, quickly..
It is frowned on by the Coal Authority, putting it mildly..
One death in a coal mine is not fun, it may cause far reaching problems for non-coal mine explorers...
The internet is monitored daily for reports about people going in coal mines...
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Boy Engineer

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Posted: 27/11/2019 18:31:10
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Caphouse Museum Mine has exposed seams with the coal cutters and panzer exactly as last worked on closing day.


Really? Not demonstration faces mined in the shaft pillar?
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Posted: 27/11/2019 19:59:35
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uncle worked there till it closed and said machines just left and area tidied up.
he also worked at shuttle eye and Emley dayhole.
cousin worked the 18 inch seam at emley moor to get coal for export to sweden for steelmaking.
brother worked at waterloo in huddersfield.
workmate worked at thornhill combs.
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Posted: 02/12/2019 21:42:10
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Must admit that although very interested in Coal I've never really pushed it. Almost everything from the NCB days and later got sealed/filled to oblivion and mines that closed before the NCB take over will be so old and knackered now that there won't be much to see.

Generally coal workings are a league of their own for copious danger of every kind and I'm sure most experienced mine people will say the same thing. Or at least they should.

Got endless bad-air stories I could relay though from other types of mine. My four-gas is literally a life saver, it's warned me I'm in dangerous levels of CO many times and quick enough to allow a timely retreat.

I recommend a four-gas for exploring any workings unknown and remote, it's worth it.


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Posted: 03/12/2019 08:49:13
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Boy Engineer wrote:


Caphouse Museum Mine has exposed seams with the coal cutters and panzer exactly as last worked on closing day.


Really? Not demonstration faces mined in the shaft pillar?


No, its all kosher.

If you can fill a couple of cars with mates, ask them about the Drift Walk through-trip. Not generally available to the public, but can be booked by arrangement for a small fee.

Interesting geological memoir here:
https://pygs.lyellcollection.org/content/61/2/97.figures-only

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Posted: 03/12/2019 09:45:30
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Another place to visit for a real coal mine is Apedale in Staffordshire.
Standard visits are very good and are led by great guides.
They can also do an extended tour for groups if you contact them.


https://www.apedale.co.uk/attractions/mine/

"Apedale Coal Mine, one of the very few open to the public, is a footrail, where the coal face is reached by means of an incline, rather than a vertical shaft. It once employed between 100 and 140 men and twice established national records for output per man-shift. This is where the last coal was drawn in North Staffordshire.

Tours are available on Saturdays, Sundays and Bank Holiday Mondays. The tours start hourly from 11am to the last tour at 3pm.
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