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Tamarmole

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Posted: 26/03/2020 18:32:33
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Some positive news. My redundancy has been rescinded and I am now on furlough. It looks like there may be light at the end of the tunnel. IP: 86.128.238.69
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Posted: 26/03/2020 19:40:39
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Excellent news Rick, very pleased to hear it from all perspectives.
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Posted: 26/03/2020 19:55:53
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Posted: 26/03/2020 21:04:52
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Brilliant news! We all need it, and I'm glad you are a recipient of some, Rick. Keep us posted, and that includes any book-related activity, please.



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Posted: 26/03/2020 21:49:12
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Tamarmole wrote:

D.Send wrote:

Hi,
Which dam are you referring to ?

During the rediscovery of deep adit level in 1971, there was a dam below a shaft, because of muck having fallen down from above, but we cleared this to get access further through to Ley's shaft. That opened up a superb through trip......
At the time the adit entrance was a long duck, and the train entrance was blasted much later on !
Ley's shaft was 500feet deep to adit, most on a steep underlie.
Before the adit was found, we made self-lifelining devices to get back up all the electon ladders....
Pity the place has closed, though.
Best Wishes,
D Send.


During the development of the mine as a visitor attraction in 1977 - 1978 a concrete dam was built about 200m in from the portal just before Crosscourse Shaft and the flooded stopes beyond. The aim being to isolate the tourist mine from the old workings and prevent a major sudden water ingress should a collapse occur further into the mine. To prevent the build up of a hydraulic head behind the dam a pipe was placed through the dam (no Stu it is not big enough to get through) to drain water from the old workings and out to the river via the tourist section of the mine.

Must have been a fantastic through trip. I've looked at Ley's Shaft several times however even with SRT it scares the sh*t out of me!


I've seen the dam a long time ago. I remember the water coming out of the overflow. I wondered whether I could crawl through the pipe with the flange over it.

I too thought exactly the same thing. Brilliant through trip. I spoke to Hugh Browning about it. I imagine the dam has made the bottom level rather wet. aka impassable.

Hell of a thick dam given the overflow.

And no, I'd never go in there without permission. I would however go in there with a team of beards and take the dam down "officially"
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Posted: 26/03/2020 22:57:16
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Hi,
Behind the dam you do indeed get acces to the superbly deep flooded stope, with its clear blue water so transparent that you can see the stulls way below.... disappearing into the depths.
When I visited the show mine in the '80s, I was amazed that they hadn't blasted a short section so the public could sneak a peek into the lake... that would get the tourists packing in, even though some sections of deads would need clearing out in the roof of the adit. Surely not an impossible job for skilled miners ? Last year I visited the site with a handicapped visitor in the rain. There was no obvious way to shelter, so we had to turn back...
Pity, as I liked this incredible beauty spot.
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Posted: 27/03/2020 08:49:59
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Tamarmole wrote:

Some positive news. My redundancy has been rescinded and I am now on furlough. It looks like there may be light at the end of the tunnel.


Well thats absolutely splendid news Thumbs Up
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