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Topic: Kirby thore gypsum mine
derrickman

Forum: North West England   Posted: 25/09/2009 10:44:08   Subject: Kirby thore gypsum mine
well, yes. I tend to find that although there is a considerable overlap between the membership, AN and ME are quite different in character.

If you told them 28DL you might as well not bothe
Topic: Cwmystwyth: Underground access
derrickman

Forum: Mid Wales   Posted: 25/09/2009 10:40:00   Subject: Cwmystwyth: Underground access
sounds like a delaying strategy to me, make the issue sufficiently intractable and people will lose interest.

Wardell's probably won't do anything unless they feel there is a credible clien
Topic: Kirby thore gypsum mine
derrickman

Forum: North West England   Posted: 25/09/2009 08:20:51   Subject: Kirby thore gypsum mine
I haven't been on an organised tour.

I have worked at Robertsbridge and Sherburn in the distant past, but I'm always interested

I'll mention here that if there are any other mem
Topic: Hidden Earth - Mining Photo competition
derrickman

Forum: General Chat   Posted: 24/09/2009 09:58:48   Subject: Hidden Earth - Mining Photo competition
I would suspect that you have the same problem I have seen with bike racing photos - all the good stuff ends up on the websites of amateurs and wannabes who are trying to sell prints.

I thi
Topic: Ethnic cleansing and migration
derrickman

Forum: North America   Posted: 22/09/2009 13:02:37   Subject: Ethnic cleansing and migration
I wouldn't be happy at having my cultural heritage represented by Ginsters' :tongue:
Topic: Mineral rights in todays world
derrickman

Forum: South West England   Posted: 21/09/2009 11:36:56   Subject: Mineral rights in todays world
re Derbyshire, the key wording is 'mine for lead'. It simply isn't possible to do this.

there is no credible business case, because there isn't any worthwhile amount of ore, and the 'barit
Topic: Mineral rights in todays world
derrickman

Forum: South West England   Posted: 21/09/2009 09:57:16   Subject: Mineral rights in todays world
good question. 'Mineral rights' depend on the form of contract.

They are, for example, pretty much worthless per se in East Anglia, because the predominant extractive industry is shallow o
Topic: Welsh language query
derrickman

Forum: General Chat   Posted: 21/09/2009 08:40:44   Subject: Welsh language query
from experience of working in South Wales, I usually use the welsh form - ie without the definitive article. Non-welsh speakers ( who are, after all, around 85% of the population of the Principality )
Topic: Remote Surveying Vehicle (Crofty)
derrickman

Forum: South West England   Posted: 19/09/2009 08:00:53   Subject: Remote Surveying Vehicle (Crofty)
I've seen this used for tunnel profile monitoring on the railway, and for detail and dimensional control in refineries and oil platforms.

We have been using laser scanning extensively at C
Topic: Remote Surveying Vehicle (Crofty)
derrickman

Forum: South West England   Posted: 18/09/2009 10:58:03   Subject: Remote Surveying Vehicle (Crofty)
this is really an alternative application of an existing idea, rather than a new idea as such. When you see those vans on the motorway with 'Surveying in Progress' on the side, that's what they are do
Topic: Competition entry - Ben Cooper
derrickman

Forum: The 2009 AditNow Photography Competition   Posted: 18/09/2009 06:28:34   Subject: Competition entry - Ben Cooper
I never realised gold mining was attempted on a sufficiently large and recent scale in Scotland, for there to be machinery of that size and age left behind
Topic: somehow this seems only right...
derrickman

Forum: General Chat   Posted: 16/09/2009 12:17:29   Subject: somehow this seems only right...
http://medievalnews.blogspot.com/2007/09/10th-century-viking-boat-with-wood.html

seems only fitting!
Topic: Competition Entry ttxela
derrickman

Forum: The 2009 AditNow Photography Competition   Posted: 15/09/2009 13:21:12   Subject: Competition Entry ttxela
I've just posted about that pic on another thread!

the flowstone curtains are formd over the former timber stemples; the timber has completely rotted away, leaving only the flowstone
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Topic: Hidden Earth - Mining Photo competition
derrickman

Forum: General Chat   Posted: 15/09/2009 13:18:28   Subject: Hidden Earth - Mining Photo competition
as for speleothems, what about those pics of the stemples and flowstone in Spinney level?
Topic: Li Ion battery care
derrickman

Forum: Lamps & Lighting   Posted: 14/09/2009 11:50:46   Subject: Li Ion battery care
woulod it be best to cycle it? Discharge it and recharge?
Topic: Rails Rails and More Rails
derrickman

Forum: General Chat   Posted: 13/09/2009 20:51:47   Subject: Rails Rails and More Rails
depends on the application. 24" gauge is still the standard for larger civils tunnelling up to about 4m diameter - Channel Tunnel construction railway was 30" gauge, as it happens.

most co
Topic: Rails Rails and More Rails
derrickman

Forum: General Chat   Posted: 13/09/2009 06:14:06   Subject: Rails Rails and More Rails
as a general comment, the majority of 24" gauge track likely to be encountered in mines is flat-bottomed rail either spiked to wooden sleepers of fixed in chairs and pandrol clips.

pre-fab
Topic: Harriet Shaft (engine house) - Dolcoath
derrickman

Forum: South West England   Posted: 08/09/2009 11:25:44   Subject: Harriet Shaft (engine house) - Dolcoath
well, quite so.

it's one thing to be poking around in a centuries-old working of no interest to anyone in a commercial sense.

it's a quite different matter to be trespassing in a
Topic: Harriet Shaft (engine house) - Dolcoath
derrickman

Forum: South West England   Posted: 08/09/2009 10:52:58   Subject: Harriet Shaft (engine house) - Dolcoath
I wouldn't care to offer a legal opinion, but my feeling would be, that if;

(1) Dolcoath underground sett was originally bought by South Crofty

(2)WUM are the successor company t
Topic: Harriet Shaft (engine house) - Dolcoath
derrickman

Forum: South West England   Posted: 08/09/2009 08:46:13   Subject: Harriet Shaft (engine house) - Dolcoath
this actually brings the whole discussion into an important legal area.

speaking ex cathedra from my belly button, but having considerable experience of the dubious legal status of these ol
Topic: Harriet Shaft (engine house) - Dolcoath
derrickman

Forum: South West England   Posted: 07/09/2009 13:48:49   Subject: Harriet Shaft (engine house) - Dolcoath
when I was working for Foraky in the early 80s, there were still some men there who had worked in their Cornish works in the late 60s/early 70s.

Foraky did a deal of adit clearance work fo
Topic: glow like a Windscale sheep..
derrickman

Forum: General Chat   Posted: 07/09/2009 08:22:09   Subject: glow like a Windscale sheep..
makes 28Dayslater look quite 'pipe and slippers'.... :lol:

http://englishrussia.com/?p=1822
Topic: eimco....
derrickman

Forum: South Wales   Posted: 04/09/2009 09:24:49   Subject: eimco....
[quote="Mr.C"]Here's an example of **** poor timbering for you - mine!!
I'm the daft sod on the jigger BTW.

[link]Personal-Album-1036-Image-40623[linkphoto]Personal-Album-1036-Image-40
Topic: eimco....
derrickman

Forum: South Wales   Posted: 04/09/2009 00:04:50   Subject: eimco....
I have to admit that I don't have either the time or the inclination to become involved with digging on that scale. Plus, I don't much care to put myself in the firing line as being someone who really
Topic: outbox not clearing..
derrickman

Forum: General Chat   Posted: 03/09/2009 10:14:41   Subject: outbox not clearing..
oh ok, presumably they see a message pending and open it or not as they see fit?
Topic: outbox not clearing..
derrickman

Forum: General Chat   Posted: 03/09/2009 10:00:05   Subject: outbox not clearing..
looks like my outbox isn't sending. There are three messages in there and one of them is about 2 weeks old?
Topic: eimco....
derrickman

Forum: South Wales   Posted: 03/09/2009 06:19:43   Subject: eimco....
well, quite so

I've done enough in 4ft x 4ft timber headings over the years ( you don't see those much any more, I'm happy to say ) to know the difference.

However the current t
Topic: Hello all. I am Neoseikan from China. A flashlight designer.
derrickman

Forum: General Chat   Posted: 02/09/2009 19:36:02   Subject: Hello all. I am Neoseikan from China. A flashlight designer.
quite so.

my Chinese lamp is perfectly ok for a middle-aged surveyor and sometime caver to have in the jeep for site visits and occasional trips, and it seemed to stand up to a wetting in
Topic: Hello all. I am Neoseikan from China. A flashlight designer.
derrickman

Forum: General Chat   Posted: 02/09/2009 17:04:15   Subject: Hello all. I am Neoseikan from China. A flashlight designer.
considering the prevalence of mine explosions and fires in China, I think that's quite a big statement...

what they mean is, 'we can print anything we like on the case, but we don't intend
Topic: eimco....
derrickman

Forum: South Wales   Posted: 02/09/2009 17:01:19   Subject: eimco....
they are often an arched shape rather than these square ones, but these fit the available space and the shallow cover means that loadings are quite low.

anyway,you get the idea
Topic: eimco....
derrickman

Forum: South Wales   Posted: 02/09/2009 16:10:33   Subject: eimco....
how does that work? photo is in my 'album' now
Topic: Hello all. I am Neoseikan from China. A flashlight designer.
derrickman

Forum: General Chat   Posted: 02/09/2009 16:06:20   Subject: Hello all. I am Neoseikan from China. A flashlight designer.
Li-on battery packs are rapidly becoming the norm for belt-mounted and hand-carried lamps.

I would greatly doubt that mobile phone batteries would give a useful output or endurance?
Topic: Event for beginners?
derrickman

Forum: Site Updates, Suggestions & Corrections   Posted: 02/09/2009 15:57:06   Subject: Event for beginners?
don't go down t' mine, Da', there's plenty of coal in't' bath...

the thing is, not to start out by believing the roof won't fall in and go on like that. There are parts of any old mine whic
Topic: eimco....
derrickman

Forum: South Wales   Posted: 02/09/2009 14:42:48   Subject: eimco....
the link still isn't quite right, there is only part of the image there
Topic: Hello all. I am Neoseikan from China. A flashlight designer.
derrickman

Forum: General Chat   Posted: 02/09/2009 13:34:07   Subject: Hello all. I am Neoseikan from China. A flashlight designer.
[quote="Vanoord"]Lightweight is important, but has to be reliable.

Long run time, plus good throw and good spread of light.

The market for specialist mine exploring / caving lamp
Topic: eimco....
derrickman

Forum: South Wales   Posted: 02/09/2009 13:27:56   Subject: eimco....
they look like this..

[img]http://i1023.photobucket.com/albums/af356/grass_stroker/DSCF3432.jpg[/img]

simple stuff, easily erected by hand, stable and self-supporting. You would
Topic: eimco....
derrickman

Forum: South Wales   Posted: 02/09/2009 12:48:14   Subject: eimco....
what rant?

If I post a [i]rant[/i], you will know it...

joking apart, there are a lot of well-meaning amateurs on a forum like this, and a rather smaller number of experienced mi
Topic: Hingston Down Consols (quick info required).
derrickman

Forum: South West England   Posted: 02/09/2009 10:43:04   Subject: Hingston Down Consols (quick info required).
HDC is one of those places which has had a long and sporadic history of being hought of interest without ever quite coming to fruition.

I remember the adit, I was as CSM in 1973 so it was f
Topic: Hello all. I am Neoseikan from China. A flashlight designer.
derrickman

Forum: General Chat   Posted: 02/09/2009 08:24:57   Subject: Hello all. I am Neoseikan from China. A flashlight designer.
well, I suppose that's true.

and when the spam does come, they are at least [i]relevant[/i] spam, you can see why someone might think a mining-related forum might include people who wanted
Topic: Trip report - Derbyshire, 11-15 August 2009
derrickman

Forum: Midlands   Posted: 01/09/2009 22:39:27   Subject: Trip report - Derbyshire, 11-15 August 2009
save me a couple then
Topic: eimco....
derrickman

Forum: South Wales   Posted: 01/09/2009 21:05:52   Subject: eimco....
they are rather fun, in a loopy sort of way.

I have seen rocks thrown surprising distances by them! They can also derail themselves in a surprising variety of ways... and the comment about
Topic: Cornish trip
derrickman

Forum: General Chat   Posted: 01/09/2009 20:58:49   Subject: Cornish trip
that's nothing new, I remember someone doing that. Cold pasties, eewwww....... the bakers opposite Trevenson was Ovenfresh, not Ginster, now I come to think about it

Marks also used to do b
Topic: Hingston Down Consols (quick info required).
derrickman

Forum: South West England   Posted: 01/09/2009 18:19:40   Subject: Hingston Down Consols (quick info required).
I have some brief notes from the mid-70s, of a CSM trip there - probably one of Ron Hooper's investigations, quite likely with John Watton ( the photographer, CSM AV tech at the time, and Tony the mil
Topic: Trip report - Derbyshire, 11-15 August 2009
derrickman

Forum: Midlands   Posted: 01/09/2009 18:12:08   Subject: Trip report - Derbyshire, 11-15 August 2009
my cans leak too, I'm afraid. However since I bought them in the early 1970s, and they have done a tremendous amount of work, I can't really complain.

I will have to get one of ttxela's rat
Topic: Cornish trip
derrickman

Forum: General Chat   Posted: 01/09/2009 16:38:41   Subject: Cornish trip
[quote="Bill L"]The third pub in Pendeen is the Trewellard and a visit to them all makes a nice short. It can legitimised as fieldwork about the social history of local mining. :smartass: [/quote]
Topic: Cornish trip
derrickman

Forum: General Chat   Posted: 01/09/2009 16:17:42   Subject: Cornish trip
my wife comes from the depths of the fens, an area which makes St Just look quite cosmopolitan, and she finds cockles, mussels and jellied eels quite repulsive...
Topic: eimco....
derrickman

Forum: South Wales   Posted: 01/09/2009 15:35:23   Subject: eimco....
[quote="Peter Burgess"]The driver could wear a clown suit.
[/quote]

no, no good

his toes would be about a foot behind the toe-caps in his boots....
Topic: Cornish trip
derrickman

Forum: General Chat   Posted: 01/09/2009 15:26:06   Subject: Cornish trip
[quote="Bill L"]All three pubs in Pendeen do food and very good it is too - as are the local mines.[/quote]

ooooooooo .... lemme think............ Radjel, Queens' Head... can't think of th
Topic: Cornish trip
derrickman

Forum: General Chat   Posted: 01/09/2009 15:24:02   Subject: Cornish trip
probably showing my age a bit, but my favourite pasties came from the bakers' shop opposite Tyacks' Hotel... Marks?

Ginster's bakery ( opposite the Trevenson campus ) is an abiding, if not
Topic: eimco....
derrickman

Forum: South Wales   Posted: 01/09/2009 15:17:45   Subject: eimco....
the original comment wasn't meant particularly seriously.

However I do know from experience of the vintage circuit, that there are some people on it who manage the curious feat of spending
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