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Topic: What kit selection to buy for a beginner?
derrickman

Forum: SRT Equipment & Training   Posted: 10/12/2009 14:39:10   Subject: What kit selection to buy for a beginner?
I have one of those little foil blankets, still in its 1980s wrapper, been in the corner of my ammo can for donkey's years.
Topic: Coal Mining Subsidence
derrickman

Forum: Midlands   Posted: 10/12/2009 08:16:23   Subject: Coal Mining Subsidence
are Irish railways 4'8.5" now then - not that I've ever had occasion to find out?

I do know that Indian railways are 5'6" gauge
Topic: Coal Mining Subsidence
derrickman

Forum: Midlands   Posted: 09/12/2009 14:33:26   Subject: Coal Mining Subsidence
I don't believe it was ever specifically 'designed' as such, rather that it evolved as the sum of various existing practices and manufacturing tolerances of new and existing items.

It was g
Topic: Coal Mining Subsidence
derrickman

Forum: Midlands   Posted: 09/12/2009 10:07:27   Subject: Coal Mining Subsidence
I only discovered it, reading Keegan's 'American Civil War'

then again, why 'standard gauge' is 4' 8.5" is one of life's abiding mysteries. Plenty of countries have 5ft gauge ( Russia for o
Topic: Coal Mining Subsidence
derrickman

Forum: Midlands   Posted: 09/12/2009 09:18:46   Subject: Coal Mining Subsidence
is this the incident referred to in the 'Thomas the Tank Engine' story?

a propos 'baulk construction', isn't this particularly associated with Brunel's 7ft gauge designs?... getting further
Topic: What kit selection to buy for a beginner?
derrickman

Forum: SRT Equipment & Training   Posted: 07/12/2009 23:36:44   Subject: What kit selection to buy for a beginner?
[quote="simonrl"]Just the one problem, where to put the emergency mars bar :o [/quote]

next to the carbide ... :thumbdown:


I've been using;

assorted miner's
Topic: Who's using what descender / ascender
derrickman

Forum: SRT Equipment & Training   Posted: 07/12/2009 08:53:04   Subject: Who's using what descender / ascender
I've done the 'classic' body abseil and it's quite good fun, up to a point. Getting back up again, is a different matter. It's also rather nasty in cramped pitches....

I've also seen the on
Topic: Coal Mining Subsidence
derrickman

Forum: Midlands   Posted: 07/12/2009 05:35:02   Subject: Coal Mining Subsidence
[quote="Cat_Bones"][quote="Morlock"][quote="Cat_Bones"] All the workings will probably get destroyed by open-casting due to take place soon.
[/quote]

When they open-casted the area of
Topic: What kit selection to buy for a beginner?
derrickman

Forum: SRT Equipment & Training   Posted: 06/12/2009 18:54:25   Subject: What kit selection to buy for a beginner?
another vote for wetsocks. I've been using wellies since returning to ( occasional ) caving and ME and I don't rate them for the job.

got cold wet feet ( again ) in Cornwall last month, tha
Topic: Mining history of North Devon
derrickman

Forum: South West England   Posted: 30/11/2009 10:47:13   Subject: Mining history of North Devon
[quote="carnkie"]You probaly could get an interactive map okay but there may be a slight problem as GE doesn't like UK GRs and with the conversion you may end up not quite in the right spot.[/quote]
Topic: Vintage kit - headlamps
derrickman

Forum: Lamps & Lighting   Posted: 27/11/2009 21:05:27   Subject: Vintage kit - headlamps
I had a wetsuit like that in the early 1970s

always makes me think of the smell of sweaty wet talc....

done the 'burning stinky' thing too :lol:
Topic: Has anybody ever seen one of these - KSE Lights
derrickman

Forum: Lamps & Lighting   Posted: 27/11/2009 11:32:17   Subject: Has anybody ever seen one of these - KSE Lights
I've seen the KSE one. I did think of it, because as a surveyor I do sometimes turn my helmet backwards while working and a cable lamp is a bit of a nuisance in that respect.

Then again, I
Topic: Has anybody ever seen one of these - KSE Lights
derrickman

Forum: Lamps & Lighting   Posted: 27/11/2009 08:58:31   Subject: Has anybody ever seen one of these - KSE Lights
I don't use my own lamps for mining work, because mines usually have their own supply of lamps and there are often HSE issues with being certified to local standards, particularly at gassy mines.
Topic: Who's using what descender / ascender
derrickman

Forum: SRT Equipment & Training   Posted: 26/11/2009 20:55:23   Subject: Who's using what descender / ascender
I believe this is one reason why stops are favoured for commercial applications - someone has to sit down and write a procedure for just this sort of eventuality before they can be used.

P
Topic: Who's using what descender / ascender
derrickman

Forum: SRT Equipment & Training   Posted: 26/11/2009 19:36:07   Subject: Who's using what descender / ascender
I did a 'snow walking' course in the CCF in about 1970, involving prussik loops, not easy with mitts on ::)

I did a certain amount of early SRT in the days when people used tape loops rat
Topic: Has anybody ever seen one of these - KSE Lights
derrickman

Forum: Lamps & Lighting   Posted: 26/11/2009 19:02:42   Subject: Has anybody ever seen one of these - KSE Lights
ok I'll get some and bring it next time.... who would buy 1000kg of carbide?
Topic: Has anybody ever seen one of these - KSE Lights
derrickman

Forum: Lamps & Lighting   Posted: 26/11/2009 17:32:25   Subject: Has anybody ever seen one of these - KSE Lights
don't see why it shouldn't, it worked fine last time I used it. There's nothing to them really if all the parts are there, the flint is in place, the filter is not clogged up, the jet is clear and the
Topic: Has anybody ever seen one of these - KSE Lights
derrickman

Forum: Lamps & Lighting   Posted: 26/11/2009 15:49:10   Subject: Has anybody ever seen one of these - KSE Lights
I haven't actually seen one of these but as a general comment, I use a caplamp for work on some sites and don't actually worry too much about how much light it actually gives out. It's pretty rare for
Topic: Clipstone Colliery... The Unseen Bits
derrickman

Forum: Midlands   Posted: 25/11/2009 17:41:26   Subject: Clipstone Colliery... The Unseen Bits
G2 listing can be more hindrance than help, it often means that buildings are simply neglected and deteriorate further because there are disadvantages but no advantages for the owner
Topic: wot I did on my holidayz...
derrickman

Forum: South West England   Posted: 25/11/2009 13:52:27   Subject: wot I did on my holidayz...
[quote="geoff"][quote="derrickman"]I have it in mind that the headframe was dismantled and subsequently re-erected, but I wouldn't be 100% on that. I seem to recall it being stacked there in the mid 9
Topic: eimco model
derrickman

Forum: General Chat   Posted: 25/11/2009 11:25:33   Subject: eimco model
I do like the 1980s miner figure!
Topic: Scorrier Wolfram project and G.A.P Moorhead.
derrickman

Forum: South West England   Posted: 25/11/2009 10:54:31   Subject: Scorrier Wolfram project and G.A.P Moorhead.
I would say that trying to match production volume to best price was good management!

there's nothing new in the concept of speculative mining development being done for reasons which ultim
Topic: Scorrier Wolfram project and G.A.P Moorhead.
derrickman

Forum: South West England   Posted: 25/11/2009 07:59:12   Subject: Scorrier Wolfram project and G.A.P Moorhead.
the Polperro Sea outfall tunnel ( mentioned in a recent thread ) is in East Cornwall and was driven in 1995-6.

it was a purely civil engineering project
Topic: Rashleigh's Mineral Collection, Truro Museum.
derrickman

Forum: General Chat   Posted: 25/11/2009 07:55:45   Subject: Rashleigh's Mineral Collection, Truro Museum.
you might also try contacting Tony at Rosevale Mine. Not a tourist mine, but I met him on a recent trip to Box and he is a real enthusiast. Rosevale is well worth seeing for someone who isn't familiar
Topic: Rashleigh's Mineral Collection, Truro Museum.
derrickman

Forum: General Chat   Posted: 24/11/2009 20:09:00   Subject: Rashleigh's Mineral Collection, Truro Museum.
just doing a bit of checking, Mitchell's engine is the working one by the road; a 30" winding engine.

Taylor's engine ( a 90" pump engine ) nearby isn't working, but is apparently part of
Topic: Rashleigh's Mineral Collection, Truro Museum.
derrickman

Forum: General Chat   Posted: 24/11/2009 19:55:06   Subject: Rashleigh's Mineral Collection, Truro Museum.
if you can't find your way from Levant to Botallack via Geevor, you don't need a map, you need a guide dog :)

there are four engines complete in their houses in the county, three are in t
Topic: Rashleigh's Mineral Collection, Truro Museum.
derrickman

Forum: General Chat   Posted: 24/11/2009 19:23:17   Subject: Rashleigh's Mineral Collection, Truro Museum.
depending on your time, don't miss Geevor. It's the only Cornish mine preserved in much the same condition as when it ceased operation in the early 90s; the mill is the only complete one anywhere.
Topic: eimco model
derrickman

Forum: General Chat   Posted: 24/11/2009 11:26:52   Subject: eimco model
quick flick around on ebay and I did find THIS..

[url]http://cgi.ebay.co.uk/Vintage-Eimco-Coal-Machinery-Boring-Machine-Belt-Buckle_W0QQitemZ370209150922QQcmdZViewItemQQptZUS_Men_s_Belt_Buc
Topic: wheal, huel and bal...
derrickman

Forum: South West England   Posted: 24/11/2009 11:19:35   Subject: wheal, huel and bal...


Industrial Railway Society, from 1973. Thought I'd post it as a follow-on from past threads on this subject

[url]http://www.irsociety.co.uk/Archives/48/Letters%2048.htm[/url
Topic: eimco model
derrickman

Forum: General Chat   Posted: 24/11/2009 10:53:54   Subject: eimco model
shame... are there any around?
Topic: PMs don't seem to work?
derrickman

Forum: Site Updates, Suggestions & Corrections   Posted: 24/11/2009 08:14:27   Subject: PMs don't seem to work?
I've tried to send a few PMs over the past few days and they don't seem to be visible either in the outbox or sent messages box?
Topic: Holmans building
derrickman

Forum: South West England   Posted: 24/11/2009 05:53:49   Subject: Holmans building
Atlas Copco make compressors, still do; sounds like Holman tried to play Atlas at their own game, chose an unsuitable partner and over-reached themselves, a common situation.
Topic: eimco model
derrickman

Forum: General Chat   Posted: 23/11/2009 19:49:19   Subject: eimco model
I kept my old Wild T2 when I stopped using it for work, mainly because I couldn't get anything for it anyway.. eventually I bought a glass bell cover which probably originally contained those Victoria
Topic: eimco model
derrickman

Forum: General Chat   Posted: 23/11/2009 19:25:41   Subject: eimco model
would be a very cool thing to have as a paperweight, n'est-ce pas?

I have a silver drilling rig model, which is a real conversation stopper....
Topic: Holmans building
derrickman

Forum: South West England   Posted: 23/11/2009 19:20:27   Subject: Holmans building
but you have to ask, what happened to all this to turn it into 'heritage'? Holmans never made any serious attempt to move into the then-new technology of hydraulics, as opposed to pneumatics. If we ca
Topic: eimco model
derrickman

Forum: General Chat   Posted: 23/11/2009 19:07:07   Subject: eimco model
anyone know anything about this? [u]http://www.carnmetl.demon.co.uk/willson.htm[/u]

I sent an email a while ago but never got a reply, struck me as a very cool thing indeed to have on your
Topic: Clogau "Welsh" Gold
derrickman

Forum: North Wales   Posted: 23/11/2009 17:45:16   Subject: Clogau
I'd always understood it was made of tin and silver, I suppose I could ask if it contains copper or anything else for malleability, although whether Mike would recall at this stage I couldn't say.
Topic: Devon Great Consols Railway
derrickman

Forum: South West England   Posted: 23/11/2009 15:54:17   Subject: Devon Great Consols Railway
talking of indeterminate sums of money being spent on no-one quite knows what, what is happening at Morwellham?

been reading the local press coverage of this, seems it is now in administra
Topic: wot I did on my holidayz...
derrickman

Forum: South West England   Posted: 23/11/2009 12:13:26   Subject: wot I did on my holidayz...
that sounds right for dates. I qualified in 1977 and spent the next year or so doing various short-lived jobs before joining Foraky. I joined them as a roughneck and subsequently derrickman, but it wa
Topic: wot I did on my holidayz...
derrickman

Forum: South West England   Posted: 23/11/2009 11:45:34   Subject: wot I did on my holidayz...
I have to admit that I always think of Pendeen as 'blowing a hoolie' .. was interested to hear about Sam, too. When I first knew him he was involved at Crich.

interesting how some people h
Topic: wot I did on my holidayz...
derrickman

Forum: South West England   Posted: 23/11/2009 11:29:45   Subject: wot I did on my holidayz...
I have it in mind that the headframe was dismantled and subsequently re-erected, but I wouldn't be 100% on that. I seem to recall it being stacked there in the mid 90s?
Topic: wot I did on my holidayz...
derrickman

Forum: South West England   Posted: 23/11/2009 10:55:21   Subject: wot I did on my holidayz...
spent a lot of time on general 'stuff' which scuppered a couple of provisional arrangements .. thought better of walking down to beach level at Botallack, given the sea state :o

didn't go
Topic: wot I did on my holidayz...
derrickman

Forum: South West England   Posted: 23/11/2009 10:27:04   Subject: wot I did on my holidayz...
CSM 'new' club at Wellington Road was after my time, I don't know about that. The Club I knew, was the house at Gustavus Road, not much used apart from after rugby matches, and occasional 'smokers'.
Topic: wot I did on my holidayz...
derrickman

Forum: South West England   Posted: 23/11/2009 09:18:40   Subject: wot I did on my holidayz...
there are quite a few things I haven't mentioned.

Carnkie and others have described the post-industrial landscape of Camborne in much detail, so I will simply say that I didn't feel the ne
Topic: wot I did on my holidayz...
derrickman

Forum: South West England   Posted: 22/11/2009 23:40:38   Subject: wot I did on my holidayz...
can't really think where this belongs, so here it is.

just had my long-delayed trip to Cornwall.

first off, Cornwall Institute of Engineers at Pool, for Hydrock's presentation
Topic: Another Chinese coal mining explosion
derrickman

Forum: Rest of World   Posted: 22/11/2009 21:48:46   Subject: Another Chinese coal mining explosion
they don't care, plenty more where they came from.. from what I have seen on the oil and gas side, chinese safety and procurement is extremely lax
Topic: Clipstone Colliery... The Unseen Bits
derrickman

Forum: Midlands   Posted: 22/11/2009 07:49:10   Subject: Clipstone Colliery... The Unseen Bits
is this more 28DL stuff?
Topic: Castle-an-Dinas
derrickman

Forum: South West England   Posted: 20/11/2009 13:49:16   Subject: Castle-an-Dinas
the question is, are you primarily interested in the people who dug it and their lives, or are you more interested in the configuration, how it was dug, and what remains?

both answers are c
Topic: Castle-an-Dinas
derrickman

Forum: South West England   Posted: 20/11/2009 06:24:45   Subject: Castle-an-Dinas
that's a matter of point of view. I don't actually get particularly excited about broken pipestems and clog prints, but a bloody big slot in a hill is the essence of what the place was
Topic: Castle-an-Dinas
derrickman

Forum: South West England   Posted: 19/11/2009 14:20:39   Subject: Castle-an-Dinas
coal and miscellaneous mining have their own vocabularies and there was little contact between them in the UK.

the NCB was a closed shop in every sense, CSM graduates of the time who had th
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