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PeteJ

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Posted: 11/09/2013 19:29:53
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Apedale Heritage Centre
http://www.avlr.org.uk

Found this on Facebook "Its the railway gala this weekend, fingers crossed for some fine weather. This year we plan to have a new attraction running, an EIMCO 12B rocker shovel loader. It's been coaxed back to life with our entire stock of grease and no doubt the liberal application of percussive maintenance".
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Posted: 11/09/2013 21:32:02
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Brilliant - grease and gaffer tape will get anything going Big Grin

Think I'll try to make that!
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Posted: 12/09/2013 00:32:44
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EIMCO 12B

Did my training on one of them, back in 1980! Smile Smile

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Posted: 12/09/2013 00:42:24
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I was over at South Crofty a year or so ago and saw these


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I was there again today and there was no sign of them Sad

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IP: 86.132.230.130 Edited: 12/09/2013 00:43:03 by Roy Morton
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Posted: 12/09/2013 08:59:47
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Apedale is just over the hill from me. I worked there as a deputy in the 80's.
It is well worth a visit especially on a gala day.
We were there last year with some treasures but sadly it clashes this year so we won't be there this time.

Last year:-



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Posted: 12/09/2013 09:13:26
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staffordshirechina wrote:

Apedale is just over the hill from me. I worked there as a deputy in the 80's.
It is well worth a visit especially on a gala day.
We were there last year with some treasures but sadly it clashes this year so we won't be there this time.

Last year:-



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Laugh Laugh Looks like our yard, complete with traction engine in the background!
Only thing missing is our Priestman Dragline.....a rare beast and still in full working order with an up to date cert and everything! Thumbs Up Smartass

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Posted: 12/09/2013 09:29:16
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I last saw one of these in use in about 1996, tunnelling contractors often kept them for temporary use behind tunnelling machines that were not yet fully erected.

Brokk loaders seem to have taken over the job these days in tunnelling but I see they are still in production in India http://eimcoelecon.in/index.php/portfolio-item/rockershovel-loaders-21b/

NCMM have one as well http://www.flickr.com/photos/62603704@N05/6976618845/in/photostream/

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IP: 86.30.241.199 Edited: 12/09/2013 09:33:38 by derrickhand
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Posted: 12/09/2013 11:40:41
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derrickhand wrote:



NCMM have one as well http://www.flickr.com/photos/62603704@N05/6976618845/in/photostream/


shame NCMM didnt go as far as a bit of crushed stone or something, probably H&S at work again

for those in the South West there are a couple of Eimcos working down here as well, including this one!
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Posted: 12/09/2013 14:11:00
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Thats the "Grunting Hippo", used to work one of them as well!, incredible Skid Steer.

No operators platform though, and the one I used had a bit of belting over the controls to "protect the operator"--Ha, Ha.

I used to love that machine, thanks for the memories Smile

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Posted: 12/09/2013 14:27:01
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well named exspelio! this ones not as quick as it was, needs a bit of work, well all over really. Trouble is it nearly needs a 750cfm compressor to itself to run!
actually there is an operators platform for that one, was removed while it was parked up for repairs
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Posted: 12/09/2013 14:42:45
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Yeh, seem to recall it was the only mobile tool in the mine to need a 2" air bagging to feed it!.
I admire the mechanics if they are repairing it in that situation, our service men would insist on getting it to a "clean,dry" workshop Big Grin

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IP: 86.142.80.23 Edited: 12/09/2013 14:49:58 by exspelio
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Posted: 12/09/2013 16:30:43
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There is only one that I know of still working in the north pennines and that is this one, employed driving tunnel at Rogerley Mine.

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Posted: 12/09/2013 18:35:54
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Shropshire Mines Trust have a working Eimco on the mobile mining display.
Along with rock crusher and battery loco.

There's only one chap that operates it! They are leathal!
Pictures on link below.

http://shropshiremines.org.uk/smt/smtdisp/2009_onslow.htm
http://shropshiremines.org.uk/smt/smtdisp/2011_onslow.htm Big Grin
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Posted: 12/09/2013 18:54:22
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Roy Morton wrote:

I was over at South Crofty a year or so ago and saw these


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I was there again today and there was no sign of them Sad


Roy, Agricola should know if they were sold/scrapped..
hoping they've just brought them in for storage somewhere
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Posted: 12/09/2013 19:03:09
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exspelio wrote:

Yeh, seem to recall it was the only mobile tool in the mine to need a 2" air bagging to feed it!.
I admire the mechanics if they are repairing it in that situation, our service men would insist on getting it to a "clean,dry" workshop Big Grin


same problem here, a smaller compressor would do if it wasnt for the 824, expensive to run..
I dont blame the fitters I wouldnt do any more than running repairs underground either (by choice)! what I meant was the platform was being repaired, not the mucker, unfortunatly there doesnt seem to be the budget at the moment
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Posted: 12/09/2013 20:17:01
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A French version, with overhead conveyor, where the excavator is a different gauge from the mine-cars.
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Posted: 12/09/2013 20:34:49
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the Eimcos in Roy photo are not crofty ones they where bought as a job lot from a contractor (also some dropsets) and we never used them if they work at all

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Posted: 12/09/2013 21:27:26
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We now own one at Nenthead. Now what I need is someone to get it working, love it and care for it.....and volunteers?

Pete, Nenthead Mines Conservation Society.

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Posted: 12/09/2013 22:24:21
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Never mind the Eimco, I want one of those mechanical rammers in Sinker's pic. I think the one shown is a Benjo. Known as "Jumping Jacks". Superb bit of bloody awkward heavy kit! Today's Wackers are pathetic in comparison (imho). I can remember them in regular use compacting trench fill etc. and have seen them in operation at shows, but never seen one for sale. One day.... one day. Big Grin

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Roy Morton

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Posted: 12/09/2013 23:40:24
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scooptram wrote:

the Eimcos in Roy photo are not crofty ones they where bought as a job lot from a contractor (also some dropsets) and we never used them if they work at all


I was with him when I noticed they were missing; he's not sure where they went. I don't think they were scrapped and it's possible they may have gone over to matey near Tricky Dicky's to run on his loco layout around the fields.



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