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Topic: preservation of eimco rocker shovel?
derrickman

Forum: Member Projects   Posted: 05/04/2010 07:30:41   Subject: preservation of eimco rocker shovel?
just back from a brief visit to Cornwall. From various visits there and elsewhere, it occurs to me that there is no opportunity to see a working rocker shovel anywhere.

These once-ubiquitou
Topic: £103k funds Ironstone Mining Museum vision
derrickman

Forum: North East England   Posted: 04/04/2010 21:54:40   Subject: £103k funds Ironstone Mining Museum vision
I've never seen this, have to put it on my list

talking of funds, how did things turn out at Morwellham?
Topic: Article on South Crofty
derrickman

Forum: South West England   Posted: 31/03/2010 17:09:54   Subject: Article on South Crofty
I would say Crofty is probably the easiest of the possible sites. Pool is hardly an AONB, after all, and I greatly doubt that it is home to bats, newts or Lesser Tufted Titwort at this stage.

Topic: Oakeley Slate Quarry to close
derrickman

Forum: North Wales   Posted: 30/03/2010 13:01:31   Subject: Oakeley Slate Quarry to close
[quote="Vanoord"][quote="JohnnearCfon"]So, in other words, short term gain for long term pain![/quote]

Pretty much the story of the Welsh slate industry for the last 200 years.

O
Topic: Bill Young Mine
derrickman

Forum: South West England   Posted: 30/03/2010 12:55:05   Subject: Bill Young Mine
given the relative sizes of the boiler steam space and secondary tank, I'd guess the valve would be closed to isolate the boiler while making steam

I'd guess it was a later modification, he
Topic: Bill Young Mine
derrickman

Forum: South West England   Posted: 30/03/2010 08:53:08   Subject: Bill Young Mine
I would guess that it is a steam chamber, analogous to the steam dome on railway locomotives - a volume for a head of steam to be maintained for the purpose of regulating the delivery pressure
Topic: Croesor Rhosydd Through Trip - 3rd July 2010
derrickman

Forum: Events   Posted: 28/03/2010 09:15:06   Subject: New event added 'Croesor Rhosydd Through Trip July 2010' on 03/07/2010 at 10:00
there was a subsidiary party on a previous trip, doing a walk-in at the two ends. I'm not interested in the SRT element, I don't do SRT, but I'd be interested in the look-see part if anyone else is
Topic: some of box being walled off?
derrickman

Forum: South West England   Posted: 26/03/2010 18:04:41   Subject: some of box being walled off?
leaving aside the slightly cynical view that it might be a bunker for McRuin and his NuLab fascisti when everything goes pear-shaped, bats have nothing to do with politics. They have all kinds of lega
Topic: some of box being walled off?
derrickman

Forum: South West England   Posted: 26/03/2010 15:27:12   Subject: some of box being walled off?
bats have more priority than disabled, single-parent Somali asylum seekers in a Labour marginal, from my experience...

Topic: Article on South Crofty
derrickman

Forum: South West England   Posted: 24/03/2010 13:45:46   Subject: Article on South Crofty
this all fits together.

The Wide Formation has long been known to be variable - cf Trounson's comments about "not is it payable - but WHERE is it payable"

It's interesting that t
Topic: Article on South Crofty
derrickman

Forum: South West England   Posted: 24/03/2010 07:41:45   Subject: Article on South Crofty
I found the original restarting by BaseResult very difficult to understand in purely technical terms. I could never understand the balance between development of the Tuckingmill Incline, and proven re
Topic: Article on South Crofty
derrickman

Forum: South West England   Posted: 23/03/2010 20:45:57   Subject: Article on South Crofty
interesting stuff.

so, by implication, there is no current budget or programme for resuming pumping, and development hasn't advanced; and won't until the surface drilling results are known.
Topic: Via Gellia. /Shaft.
derrickman

Forum: Midlands   Posted: 23/03/2010 17:44:52   Subject: Via Gellia. /Shaft.
I don't know about the Barmote Court, but I do know about MASHAM and the H&S At Work Act.

I would tend to feel that Barmote and Stannary Courts alike, are about like Magna Carta - long sin
Topic: Oakeley Slate Quarry to close
derrickman

Forum: North Wales   Posted: 22/03/2010 14:24:32   Subject: Oakeley Slate Quarry to close
I'm afraid the days of 'asking a friendly quarry worker to point out things of interest' are long gone, elf'n'safety killed all that years ago
Topic: Oakeley Slate Quarry to close
derrickman

Forum: North Wales   Posted: 21/03/2010 23:52:21   Subject: Oakeley Slate Quarry to close
so.. past miners mean more to you than present ones?
Topic: water flow in mines
derrickman

Forum: North West England   Posted: 20/03/2010 11:09:39   Subject: water flow in mines
one comment I would make about v-notch wiers, is that while they are simple and effective, you do have to be able to see them to gather any data. This might not be easy to arrange down a well.
Topic: Mining Engineering Jobs
derrickman

Forum: Europe   Posted: 20/03/2010 10:49:01   Subject: Mining Engineering Jobs
It's considered impolite in this country, to call someone a liar. Particularly someone who in fact, you don't know.

since you ask, I was in Iran in 2004 and 2005, Baku in 2006 and Kashagan,
Topic: water flow in mines
derrickman

Forum: North West England   Posted: 19/03/2010 20:58:28   Subject: water flow in mines
as in v-notch wier?

http://www.lmnoeng.com/Weirs/vweir.htm
Topic: Oakeley Slate Quarry to close
derrickman

Forum: North Wales   Posted: 19/03/2010 14:10:56   Subject: Oakeley Slate Quarry to close
[quote="BertyBasset"]I hope that the level of overburden will be too high to do a surface strip as at Manod et al.

Robin[/quote]

I can't disagree more with this statement. I'd ra
Topic: Mining Engineering Jobs
derrickman

Forum: Europe   Posted: 18/03/2010 15:33:03   Subject: Mining Engineering Jobs
I spent most of four years around the Caspian from Iran to Kazakhstan from 2004 - 2007. I haven't been in Kazakhstan since 2007, although I was in Turkey earlier this year.


Azerbaijan
Topic: Royal Observer Corps Bunkers
derrickman

Forum: General Chat   Posted: 18/03/2010 11:15:06   Subject: Royal Observer Corps Bunkers
I saw a seriously scary programme a while ago, about a German team entering WW2 bunkers in Berlin.

Huge cracked roof slabs hanging down, great slopes of loose debris, stagnant water contai
Topic: Mining Engineering Jobs
derrickman

Forum: Europe   Posted: 16/03/2010 22:07:52   Subject: Mining Engineering Jobs
Kazakhstan needs the West, or at least has more reason to make some sort of accomodation with the west than anyone else.

It is a vast area with a very low population, and it lacks the shee
Topic: Mining Engineering Jobs
derrickman

Forum: Europe   Posted: 16/03/2010 19:45:00   Subject: Mining Engineering Jobs
there is no war in Kazakhstan, at least the last time I looked.

but yes, most things in the Caspian area are about oil or religion.
Topic: Mining Engineering Jobs
derrickman

Forum: Europe   Posted: 15/03/2010 22:31:16   Subject: Mining Engineering Jobs
My son is in the motor trade and identified your company as an IT contractor to VW and Skoda, interestingly enough.

(1) and (3) are general comments on agencies and contract working
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Topic: Mining Engineering Jobs
derrickman

Forum: Europe   Posted: 15/03/2010 04:58:04   Subject: Mining Engineering Jobs
just to clarify a few things...

1) these people are an agency. They don't employ ANYONE, they just shuffle CVs about, provide an administrative service and skim a percentage.

2)
Topic: British Engineering at it's best.
derrickman

Forum: General Chat   Posted: 15/03/2010 04:43:01   Subject: British Engineering at it's best.
this is the biggest difference I see in the UK. When I first started working in the drilling sector, everyone, but everyone, worked on a rig to begin with. You couldn't make any further progress witho
Topic: British Engineering at it's best.
derrickman

Forum: General Chat   Posted: 13/03/2010 13:07:47   Subject: British Engineering at it's best.
the besetting problem with British companies is too much management, by people who have been brought up to believe that management is an end in itself.

It isn't, it is a function which ser
Topic: British Engineering at it's best.
derrickman

Forum: General Chat   Posted: 13/03/2010 11:35:41   Subject: British Engineering at it's best.
the crucial problem has been, for a very long time, that this country has been locked into an archaic social system whose European counterparts were swept away somewhere between 1914 and 1945.
Topic: British Engineering at it's best.
derrickman

Forum: General Chat   Posted: 13/03/2010 07:58:59   Subject: British Engineering at it's best.
I've always felt that Britain's archaic and adversarial social structure did great harm in the past, by encouraging and perpetuating the notion that white-collar management and blue-collar labour were
Topic: Mining Engineering Jobs
derrickman

Forum: Europe   Posted: 12/03/2010 21:56:30   Subject: Mining Engineering Jobs
you know what they say... give a man a fish, and you feed him for a day. Teach him to fish, and you are rid of him for the whole weekend
Topic: Mining Engineering Jobs
derrickman

Forum: Europe   Posted: 12/03/2010 21:07:12   Subject: Mining Engineering Jobs
can't be worse than Kazakhstan.

it's always hard on the younger blokes. The older ones are used to it, or happy to be away from the wife for a bit.

Topic: First 'Rambo' film - Mine sequence
derrickman

Forum: General Chat   Posted: 12/03/2010 17:40:21   Subject: First 'Rambo' film - Mine sequence
I did enjoy Gold - wonderful bit of hokum. Loved the scenes of water rushing everywhere underground.

I did the 'one way ticket with hard hat in bag' thing in the late 70s, in my case it was
Topic: Mining Engineering Jobs
derrickman

Forum: Europe   Posted: 12/03/2010 17:38:25   Subject: Mining Engineering Jobs
one of my contemporaries at CSM had an ongoing connection there - Black Angel? Kevin Wright, if memory serves.
Topic: Thames Tunnel.
derrickman

Forum: General Chat   Posted: 12/03/2010 17:34:39   Subject: Thames Tunnel.
I worked on this in about 1995, concurrent with working at London Bridge on the JLE for the same contractor.

very interesting job, although plagued with delays and litigation from the "heri
Topic: Mining Engineering Jobs
derrickman

Forum: Europe   Posted: 12/03/2010 08:46:53   Subject: Mining Engineering Jobs
[quote="scooptram"]no this is one is up in the artic[/quote]

??Spitsbergen was above the Arctic circle, last time I looked

I haven't been to RSA for years and years, from the num
Topic: Mining Engineering Jobs
derrickman

Forum: Europe   Posted: 10/03/2010 18:17:24   Subject: Mining Engineering Jobs
I did that. One thing about the internet, it makes shovelling CVs into oblivion SOOOOOOOOOOOO easy...

talking about trips to cold dark high-tax places, it wasn't that Spitsbergen job SES we
Topic: Mining Engineering Jobs
derrickman

Forum: Europe   Posted: 10/03/2010 16:36:21   Subject: Mining Engineering Jobs
scooptram's comment about opening doors is about right.

it's like the offshore oil work - about the hardest thing you ever do in that industry is get on the chopper for the first time. Once
Topic: Mining Engineering Jobs
derrickman

Forum: Europe   Posted: 07/03/2010 13:13:18   Subject: Mining Engineering Jobs
that's always been the way of it with expat work. It takes a certain kind of mentality. The chaps at the Iranian job were doing 11 weeks on then 17 days home.

I've done it from time to tim
Topic: Mining Engineering Jobs
derrickman

Forum: Europe   Posted: 07/03/2010 07:48:05   Subject: Mining Engineering Jobs
actually a lot of expats don't much care for at least [i]some[/i] parts of what they do. I've been to quite a few places I didn't much care for. Coal mining in Central Iran was definitely interesting,
Topic: Shaft Capping - the process
derrickman

Forum: General Chat   Posted: 25/02/2010 05:12:38   Subject: Shaft Capping - the process
there is a big difference between capping or backfilling old coal mining shafts, and capping or backfilling old "miscellaneous" workings

this is, of course, that coal workings were mostly b
Topic: Mega Grip Helmet
derrickman

Forum: Exploration Chat   Posted: 24/02/2010 19:07:52   Subject: Mega Grip Helmet
I'm happy enough with my US-pattern, resin MSA ... the shell lasts forever and the replacement liners are about a fiver ... when I don't just blag them at work ... but if I was going to spend "climbin
Topic: Shaft Capping - the process
derrickman

Forum: General Chat   Posted: 24/02/2010 18:59:07   Subject: Shaft Capping - the process
broadly speaking, the process of capping larger shafts consists of excavating the debris and overburden in the collar area down to some kind of foundation, sufficient to provide a seat.

a s
Topic: Info wanted about Maenporth beach adit
derrickman

Forum: South West England   Posted: 15/02/2010 06:35:32   Subject: Info wanted about Maenporth beach adit
Sewer outfalls dumping turds on the beaches, ha ha yes. A very jolly 60s and 70s practice, now thankfully discontinued.

Whitby recently acquired a new sewer outfall to deal with this probl
Topic: Andrew Marrs history of modern Britain
derrickman

Forum: General Chat   Posted: 14/02/2010 12:58:36   Subject: Andrew Marrs history of modern Britain
we are, in point of fact, already living in a fascist country.

I don't mean "fascist" in the value-free sense of a universal pejorative as it is currently used by the multi-culti, ultra-lib
Topic: Secret Caves......
derrickman

Forum: General Chat   Posted: 11/02/2010 21:41:35   Subject: Secret Caves......
there were persistent rumours circulating among them miners at Combe Down ( most of them were from S Wales ) about a sewer tunnel project in Tenby in the coming year, for Welsh Water. Contractor seeme
Topic: Secret Caves......
derrickman

Forum: General Chat   Posted: 10/02/2010 21:59:12   Subject: Secret Caves......
there is a crypt under Great St Mary's Church, and the fountain once had a conduit serving it ( part of the Hobson's Conduit complex ), which I would guess is the origin of the story.

Ther
Topic: Secret Caves......
derrickman

Forum: General Chat   Posted: 10/02/2010 17:55:23   Subject: Secret Caves......
if there's a tunnel under Cambridge Market Square, I don't know anything about it; and having worked at various times on the reconstruction of the old NatWest Bank site in Bene't St ( where we excavat
Topic: South Cumberland Iron Mine
derrickman

Forum: North West England   Posted: 06/02/2010 09:01:21   Subject: South Cumberland Iron Mine
http://www.cumbria-industries.org.uk/eskdale.htm
Topic: botallack diagonal shaft
derrickman

Forum: South West England   Posted: 31/01/2010 12:31:25   Subject: botallack diagonal shaft
well, quite so. What does the tourist beach have to do with it? That scrappy old airfield isn't part of the tourist beach, is it?

The key problem has been highlighted with reference to Cro
Topic: botallack diagonal shaft
derrickman

Forum: South West England   Posted: 31/01/2010 07:11:43   Subject: botallack diagonal shaft
I remember the fly-tipping down Contact Shaft

I would rather think that at this stage, Cligga is one of those places that flatters to deceive. If there was anything commercially viable down
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