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Andy Mears

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Ransom and Rapier W1400 at Priors Haw (photo)
Posted: 03/02/2016 19:24:10
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Hi, I believe the Bucyrus 1150b from Brookfield Cottage quarry was successfully re-commissioned in America. One of the W1400 machines was dismantled (but from what I saw was more like demolished) and transported to America but was never rebuilt. Incidentally the "1400" comes from the original design weight of 1400 tons. The final weight ended up at 1600 tons. When the other machines were scrapped I managed to buy a very nice 50cfm Worthington Simpson air compressor off the scrap boys, which I still use. I listed the quarry under Priors Haw and Priors Hall as apparently the area was Priors Haw (Haw is a small wood) and Priors Hall as the quarry was mainly known was apparently a corruption of this. I put a picture of the Brookfield machine on as well.

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Posted: 03/02/2016 19:41:53
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You can find interesting stuff in the most unexpected of places .......... for example at the website of The South East London Meccano Club!

www.selmec.org.uk/Downloads/w1400_giant_walking_dragline.pdf

A fascinating 50 page booklet called "W1400 The biggest walking dragline in the world incorporating the Great Jib" produced by Stewarts and Lloyd describing the ironstone mining industry, particularly their own opencast operations and focussed on the W1400 construction/operation.

An absolutely cracking document!
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Posted: 03/02/2016 20:16:48
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Ivor Brown wrote an article for 'Mining History' on walking draglines. The W1400 was far from the biggest - the largest in the UK was the P & H 757 at Stobswood Opencast in Northumberland which weighed over 4000 tons. This was dwarfed by the B-E 4250 which weighed 13,000 tons.

There is a preserved BE-1150 at St. Aidan's near Wakefield which was preserved by the 'Friends of the BE-1150'. They can be found at

http://www.walkingdragline.org/

Ivor's article can be found at

http://www.pdmhs.com/publications/index---mining-history-volume-14
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Posted: 05/02/2016 19:02:32
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Excellent photos Andy & thanks for the explanation regarding the naming of the quarry.
I did see this machine working in the early 70's, but it was the Ransome & Rapier 5360 Stripping Shovels that impressed me the most. The big Draglines tended to get a wee bit lost in the sky and their sheer size was relatively diminished. But the R & R Shovels stood on the quarry floor and presented a very powerful image. I remember watching the one at Glendon and standing in awe of it's power to shape the landscape. Have you any photos of the shovels Andy?
Thanks also to Grumpytramp & davetidza for the links; I will return the favour soon, as I have a copy of The Great Walk, I'll try and scan it over the weekend.
As for "the Ace of Spades", I made the pilgrimage to see it in 2004 before it was dismantled, my photos are here:

http://www.aditnow.co.uk/Album/Historic-Photographs-Of-Stobswood_15470/

Hard to believe that these magnificent machines have all gone, Wind Turbines are just not the same....

Cheers,

Alan
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Andy Mears

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Posted: 05/02/2016 20:39:06
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I've just put the Shotley quarry on the site and uploaded a picture of Sundew - the machine that was walked there from Exton. The talk around here at the time was that one of the reasons for walking it that distance was to see if it could be done successfully, the idea behind this being that it may be possible to walk the machines to the Vale of Belvoir to work open cast coal when steelmaking at Corby ceased. Obviously this never happened. IP: 92.25.36.170
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Posted: 19/03/2020 10:38:15
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Hi,
Apart from Sundew, there was another Ransome & Rapier W1400 walking dragline at work in South Lincs or Northants in the early 1960s and I seem to recall it was named Kilmore, after the 1962 Grand National winner.
However, I can't find anything to confirm this. Does anyone else remember Kilmore or have I imagined it? It might have been the name of a larger or smaller dragline in the area of course (perhaps not even a Ransome & Rapier).
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Posted: 19/03/2020 12:01:25
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I don't know if you are aware but IA recordings have a superb DVD available "Draglines 1: The last move of "Oddball" plus "Ace of Spades" and "Chevington Collier" at work " and really superb recordings too .

Mike
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