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Topic: Snailbeach Railway
derrickman

Forum: Mine Tramways and Railways   Posted: 03/09/2010 10:32:22   Subject: Snailbeach Railway
[quote="Tamarmole"]As I say it all struck me as odd.

They restored a WW1 War Departmet Baldwin at great expense in a works they had set up in the far east, imported it into the uk where
Topic: Working Mines
derrickman

Forum: General Chat   Posted: 03/09/2010 10:23:48   Subject: Working Mines
I'd be very sceptical of Hemerdon, it has gone on far too long with no visible result.

Frankly, if South Crofty is a viable prospect, then Hemerdon ought to be gold-plated. Either there ar
Topic: Working Mines
derrickman

Forum: General Chat   Posted: 03/09/2010 05:41:59   Subject: Working Mines
Some of British Steel's former ironstone workings are not so much open, as in a sort of legal limbo whereby certain sections are under limited care and maintenance.

South Crofty are conduct
Topic: Snailbeach Railway
derrickman

Forum: Mine Tramways and Railways   Posted: 31/08/2010 14:59:11   Subject: Snailbeach Railway
Snailbeach Oversight proves to be a rather interesting yahoo group.

It does not appear to be run by the same individual(s) who have been posting the assorted tirades against the management
Topic: Snailbeach Railway
derrickman

Forum: Mine Tramways and Railways   Posted: 31/08/2010 12:03:17   Subject: Snailbeach Railway
a propos the Corris engine, the last published accounts ( to 31 Dec 2008 ) indicate an expenditure of around £110,000 on the engine

BBC news page reports May 2009 refer to a tender price of
Topic: Snailbeach Railway
derrickman

Forum: Mine Tramways and Railways   Posted: 31/08/2010 11:50:52   Subject: Snailbeach Railway
surfing about, there is a yahoo group called SnailbeachOversight which from context, appears to be a vehicle ( sic ) for the anonymous individual(s) who are conducting the highly vocal criticism of th
Topic: Snailbeach Railway
derrickman

Forum: Mine Tramways and Railways   Posted: 30/08/2010 17:30:31   Subject: Snailbeach Railway
I was surprised to see that the railway had surveived into the beginning of the 1960s, and some of its stock longer than that

http://www.search.secretshropshire.org.uk/engine/resource/defau
Topic: Snailbeach Railway
derrickman

Forum: Mine Tramways and Railways   Posted: 30/08/2010 17:24:18   Subject: Snailbeach Railway
could be a foreign-based tax scam of some kind, or possibly fishing for EU grants?

there really is no way to tell, apart from taking one or other mutually opposed and seemingly uncorroborat
Topic: Snailbeach Railway
derrickman

Forum: Mine Tramways and Railways   Posted: 30/08/2010 17:07:44   Subject: Snailbeach Railway
bizarre pages! :bored: :blink:

You do rather get used to the usual 'Collection X' and 'Lew is in Chipping Ongar' conspiracy theories but those are plain wierd, and someone appears to be
Topic: Milldam mine - not reopening
derrickman

Forum: Midlands   Posted: 24/08/2010 21:30:59   Subject: Milldam mine - not reopening
I would have to agree.

The man in the grubby yellow hi-vis jacket, sitting in his tipper waiting for the weighbridge, is the direct heir of the lead-miners of the 18th century - not the '
Topic: Middleton Mine on the BBC
derrickman

Forum: Midlands   Posted: 23/08/2010 13:15:42   Subject: Middleton Mine on the BBC
Lud's church is a super little spot...
Topic: Support Caphouse Colliery - Problems on the horizon
derrickman

Forum: General Chat   Posted: 22/08/2010 23:12:45   Subject: Support Caphouse Colliery - Problems on the horizon
let's be real here.

The Government is strangling the construction industry by delaying or blocking funding for projects,because they are a soft target with no public sector unions and it's
Topic: Support Caphouse Colliery - Problems on the horizon
derrickman

Forum: General Chat   Posted: 21/08/2010 08:58:52   Subject: Support Caphouse Colliery - Problems on the horizon
museum charges didn't work when they were charged before, even as a means of excluding the local oiks so that more foreign tourists could be accomodated.

all the evidence is that tourism is
Topic: Support Caphouse Colliery - Problems on the horizon
derrickman

Forum: General Chat   Posted: 20/08/2010 18:59:54   Subject: Support Caphouse Colliery - Problems on the horizon
'smoky back rooms' are illegal under Elf'n'Safety ::)

If you want to see how a major world economy functions, go and look at one. China maybe, or India?

this would be the same
Topic: Support Caphouse Colliery - Problems on the horizon
derrickman

Forum: General Chat   Posted: 20/08/2010 17:36:05   Subject: Support Caphouse Colliery - Problems on the horizon
I don't believe anything be done, true.

The Coalition have effectively funked the issue, by presenting the very beaurocracies they need to attack and abolish, with the task of making 'savin
Topic: Support Caphouse Colliery - Problems on the horizon
derrickman

Forum: General Chat   Posted: 20/08/2010 08:59:21   Subject: Support Caphouse Colliery - Problems on the horizon
like so many things, this comes back to the need for a fundamental change of the system of governance.


all main parties have a system of central selection which is intended to ensure
Topic: Heritage Open days
derrickman

Forum: Events   Posted: 19/08/2010 14:50:47   Subject: Heritage Open days
[quote="Peter Burgess"][quote="derrickman"]
I'd suggest you discourage the whole issue. Any job I've ever been on that was visited by a Cabinet Minister was closed or cancelled a week later....[/
Topic: Heritage Open days
derrickman

Forum: Events   Posted: 19/08/2010 09:33:43   Subject: Heritage Open days
[quote="AR"][quote="Peter Burgess"]

PS. Any ex-cabinet ministers reading this, please come and see us - but let us know so we are ready for you next time! :angel: [/quote]

What,
Topic: Update on Geothermal project St.Day
derrickman

Forum: South West England   Posted: 18/08/2010 23:15:30   Subject: Update on Geothermal project St.Day
I suppose it's no dafter than some of the things that have had money spent on them...


It's a common problem, the tension between the expectations of the local population and the actua
Topic: Gloddfa Ganol Fowler loco
derrickman

Forum: North Wales   Posted: 18/08/2010 19:42:57   Subject: Gloddfa Ganol Fowler loco
the eimco is a lot of fun :)

I acquired it from a clear-out at a plant yard, the tunnelling company I was working for at the time was clearing out various old sewage works around the Seve
Topic: hi, i am a new comer. i am from china.
derrickman

Forum: New recruits!   Posted: 18/08/2010 19:38:30   Subject: hi, i am a new comer. i am from china.
I had a Discovery and it would just about run a set of hair straighteners.... :blink:
Topic: Update on Geothermal project St.Day
derrickman

Forum: South West England   Posted: 17/08/2010 16:35:05   Subject: Update on Geothermal project St.Day
hot rocks have got a lot to answer for, my first drilling job was roughnecking for Kenting Drilling at Rosemanowse....
Topic: Gloddfa Ganol Fowler loco
derrickman

Forum: North Wales   Posted: 17/08/2010 06:34:26   Subject: Gloddfa Ganol Fowler loco
I paid £50 for my eimco....
Topic: Chatterley Whitfield on Country Tracks
derrickman

Forum: Midlands   Posted: 15/08/2010 05:27:56   Subject: Chatterley Whitfield on Country Tracks
'beaurocracy gone mad' is missing the point rather.

Our late unlamented NuLab administration used unproductive beaurocracy as a sort of job creation scheme, setting up bodies of all descri
Topic: New review added 'Safe-Mate: Helmet restraint'
derrickman

Forum: For Sale! (and wanted / for swap)   Posted: 13/08/2010 15:24:43   Subject: New review added 'Safe-Mate: Helmet restraint'
let's just say that it's the sort of odd item it's nice to get as a freebie, or fitted to a hard hat from new, but I wouldn't bother to buy one
Topic: New review added 'Safe-Mate: Helmet restraint'
derrickman

Forum: For Sale! (and wanted / for swap)   Posted: 13/08/2010 14:02:00   Subject: New review added 'Safe-Mate: Helmet restraint'
I do actually have experience of this product and it works quite well, in that it is quite effective in restraining hard hats from slipping while bending, and it is handy for improving the fit and gen
Topic: Can you identify this mine?
derrickman

Forum: General Chat   Posted: 12/08/2010 20:22:36   Subject: Can you identify this mine?
don't agree. You could take a very similar picture at any number of coal mines. There are various details which appear to differ, others have been omitted or have been so altered in the watercolour a
Topic: Can you identify this mine?
derrickman

Forum: General Chat   Posted: 12/08/2010 15:50:46   Subject: Can you identify this mine?
my first thought is that is so stylized and generic that identification is likely to be quite impossible :blink:

white helmets suggest coal but that's about as far as I would go
Topic: brandy bottle vein mine help
derrickman

Forum: General Chat   Posted: 11/08/2010 04:46:09   Subject: brandy bottle vein mine help
rings a bell from my early caving days in about 1970. I will dig out my old Caves of Derbs and have a look.

Topic: Underground Surveying
derrickman

Forum: Exploration Chat   Posted: 04/08/2010 11:19:26   Subject: Underground Surveying
I've used a Leica Disto, in conjunction with a separate clinometer ( or sometimes one of those digital spirit levels ), for pipeline setting out for several years. They work very well.

I'd
Topic: Pits, Mines and Collieries
derrickman

Forum: General Chat   Posted: 03/08/2010 14:06:55   Subject: Pits, Mines and Collieries
I think one thing which could be said, is that 'pit' for an underground mine, is entirely a coal mining usage.

I've never heard it used in a miscellaneous mining context, only as in 'open
Topic: Gloddfa Ganol Fowler loco
derrickman

Forum: North Wales   Posted: 03/08/2010 14:04:05   Subject: Gloddfa Ganol Fowler loco
yes and no. A loco would be useless to him but he rallies the tractor when the mood takes him.
Topic: Gloddfa Ganol Fowler loco
derrickman

Forum: North Wales   Posted: 03/08/2010 12:24:26   Subject: Gloddfa Ganol Fowler loco
he has a tractor.
Topic: Gloddfa Ganol Fowler loco
derrickman

Forum: North Wales   Posted: 02/08/2010 15:20:16   Subject: Gloddfa Ganol Fowler loco
a friend of mine has one of these old monsters, ha ha. Love the cartridge start!

mind you, I'd question how much use something like that would be on typical industrial trackwork, or how lon
Topic: Pits, Mines and Collieries
derrickman

Forum: General Chat   Posted: 01/08/2010 06:57:56   Subject: Pits, Mines and Collieries
hence my earlier comment about it being a circular subject.

once you get past the very general usages, and basics like "shaft", there are so many variations by region and type of mining, an
Topic: Pits, Mines and Collieries
derrickman

Forum: General Chat   Posted: 31/07/2010 19:49:59   Subject: Pits, Mines and Collieries
[quote="Ty Gwyn"]As i mentioned earlier,its the South Wales coalfield i was referring to,

Driving a road to the rise or working a face to the rise,simply means your working up-hill ,so the
Topic: Miner's tags
derrickman

Forum: Midlands   Posted: 31/07/2010 16:10:58   Subject: Miner's tags
I have no recollection of numbered tally systems at any of the Cornish mines in the 1970s - you clocked in, collected a lamp and went to the shaft, but I stand to be corrected on that.

at
Topic: Former slate workers concern over lung compensation
derrickman

Forum: General Chat   Posted: 31/07/2010 14:09:54   Subject: Former slate workers concern over lung compensation
silicosis was always recognised in areas like Cornwall, where dry-drilling of hard rock containing silicates was a long-standing issue... but it was largely eliminated before WW2 by the spread of wate
Topic: Pits, Mines and Collieries
derrickman

Forum: General Chat   Posted: 31/07/2010 13:49:45   Subject: Pits, Mines and Collieries
stoping is a metal mining term, referring to the extraction of the lode ( usually by driling and blasting )

it may be shrinkage stoping, either underhand or overhand; by longhole drilling (
Topic: Pits, Mines and Collieries
derrickman

Forum: General Chat   Posted: 31/07/2010 12:46:59   Subject: Pits, Mines and Collieries
........ which shows what a circular topic this really is

"cross-measure drift" would be incomprehensible to a Cornish miner, used to near-vertical lode mining; or a South African gold mine
Topic: Pits, Mines and Collieries
derrickman

Forum: General Chat   Posted: 31/07/2010 10:07:14   Subject: Pits, Mines and Collieries
I'd forgotten about stratified ironstone. MASHAM does indeed omit them.

I'd assume this is because the transition to MASHAM tok place at a time when the once-extensive British Steel ironsto
Topic: Pits, Mines and Collieries
derrickman

Forum: General Chat   Posted: 31/07/2010 05:48:58   Subject: Pits, Mines and Collieries
adits, in non-coal mines, almost invariably have one end open to grass - whether they are drainage or access levels, or serve both functions. This includes systens like Great County Adit, which is a c
Topic: Pits, Mines and Collieries
derrickman

Forum: General Chat   Posted: 30/07/2010 20:47:37   Subject: Pits, Mines and Collieries
without getting too involved in coal mining usage, which really isn't my field, in miscellaneous mine a "drift" is an entry other than a shaft. It may be any angle up to around 1 in 2.

Tab
Topic: Former slate workers concern over lung compensation
derrickman

Forum: General Chat   Posted: 30/07/2010 13:22:18   Subject: Former slate workers concern over lung compensation
this is why unions like the NUM and dockers were so strong, because they had issues like this to unite them
Topic: Maypoling
derrickman

Forum: Exploration Chat   Posted: 30/07/2010 12:58:32   Subject: Maypoling
the first case could arguably be classed as an srt accident, not a maypoling accident... although it's still an accident and the point about knots is well made

the second one appears to me,
Topic: firebrick mine and tramway in US
derrickman

Forum: Mine Tramways and Railways   Posted: 29/07/2010 15:45:15   Subject: firebrick mine and tramway in US
if by that you mean an oscillating cylinder, the kind of thing found on Mamods and similar low-pressure live-steam toys... no, it's a conventional cylinder with a conventional valve motion.

Topic: firebrick mine and tramway in US
derrickman

Forum: Mine Tramways and Railways   Posted: 29/07/2010 14:15:30   Subject: firebrick mine and tramway in US
http://www.susan-parker.co.uk/susan-byers-elk-firebrick-co-info.htm

seriously wierd loco!
Topic: Bolting a vertical ascent
derrickman

Forum: Exploration Chat   Posted: 27/07/2010 11:52:23   Subject: Bolting a vertical ascent
I mainly saw maypoling in the 70s, one big difference was that you could not at that time, buy hand-held battery drills of any worthwhile power and endurance.

Hence most bolting was done us
Topic: Maypoling
derrickman

Forum: Exploration Chat   Posted: 27/07/2010 09:57:16   Subject: Maypoling
I can recall doing a vertical 'pipe' of about 100ft in the 70s, using a combination of maypoling, stempling ( actually Acrow trench props ) to support electron ladders, and good old-fashioned free chi
Topic: Camborne Shaft - Wheal Busy
derrickman

Forum: South West England   Posted: 27/07/2010 04:52:23   Subject: Camborne Shaft - Wheal Busy
there's no reason he should be.

Bear in mind that these historic mining operations were developed for purely commercial reasons, on behalf of people who in quite a few cases never saw them
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