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Topic: eimco....
derrickman

Forum: South Wales   Posted: 01/09/2009 13:26:32   Subject: eimco....
since you mention it, I can't claim to have made any great efforts to interpret mining for the public, seeing as I don't actually meet them all that much in my professional role.

I have bee
Topic: Wire rope face shovels
derrickman

Forum: North West England   Posted: 01/09/2009 08:52:42   Subject: Wire rope face shovels
I've seen rope draglines being used from time to time on civils sites, usually based on Ruston RB22 or RB30.

they are usually used for spreading and grading topsoil on batters, because of
Topic: accomodation at Boulby
derrickman

Forum: North East England   Posted: 22/08/2009 13:26:52   Subject: accomodation at Boulby
interesting trip in the end.

Didn't get there till mid-afternoon Thurs which left me too tired from driving to follow up my original plan, a visit to Redcar Bears speedway.

Cap
Topic: Trip report - Derbyshire, 11-15 August 2009
derrickman

Forum: Midlands   Posted: 20/08/2009 23:13:42   Subject: Trip report - Derbyshire, 11-15 August 2009
not just me still using ammo cans then :lol:
Topic: Automatic drop down on mouse-over
derrickman

Forum: Site Updates, Suggestions & Corrections   Posted: 20/08/2009 08:02:46   Subject: Automatic drop down on mouse-over
I was once told that a man is as young as the woman he feels.. :blink:

I can't say Im a fan of the automatic drop-down, but I don't really care one way or the other
Topic: Welsh Highland Railway
derrickman

Forum: Mine Tramways and Railways   Posted: 20/08/2009 08:00:19   Subject: Welsh Highland Railway
I'd always understood, based on 'Little Wonder', that the FR's concersion to oil firing was a cost-driven decision
Topic: Welsh Highland Railway
derrickman

Forum: Mine Tramways and Railways   Posted: 19/08/2009 14:38:38   Subject: Welsh Highland Railway
[quote="Vanoord"]Some Gorton works pics of Garretts at this [url]http://www.ngrail.co.uk/gorton/gorton.htm[/url]

Unfortunately whoever put the page there didn't seem fit to label any of the
Topic: Welsh Highland Railway
derrickman

Forum: Mine Tramways and Railways   Posted: 19/08/2009 12:56:06   Subject: Welsh Highland Railway
for some reason, I'm less than amazed that there may be delays on the WHR. Seems only fitting...

I'm intrigued by the photos of K1 inside the Gorton works. What is this building now used fo
Topic: Who had it best - which decade was the best for mine explorers
derrickman

Forum: General Chat   Posted: 18/08/2009 08:59:37   Subject: Who had it best - which decade was the best for mine explorers
my main recollections of caving are from through the 1970s, a period beginning with the old Thetford helmets and carbide lamps still being in general use, second-hand Oldham and CEAG lamps of very var
Topic: Who had it best - which decade was the best for mine explorers
derrickman

Forum: General Chat   Posted: 17/08/2009 17:09:18   Subject: Who had it best - which decade was the best for mine explorers
exactly. A contemporary of mine was suffocated in Wheal Jane around that time, hunting for specimens in an area off the main ventilation circuit.

I remember the two Germans. I find it diffi
Topic: Geevor Tin Mine
derrickman

Forum: South West England   Posted: 17/08/2009 16:15:53   Subject: Geevor Tin Mine
went there two years ago, it was a bit spooky seeing a younger, fitter, hairier self on one of the photo boards. Anyone who was at CSM in the early 70s will see a few faces from the past... mainly in
Topic: What is the longest time you've ever spent below ground?
derrickman

Forum: General Chat   Posted: 17/08/2009 10:11:28   Subject: What is the longest time you've ever spent below ground?
[quote="Manicminer"]Did a 14 hr shift once and the manager changed me onto nightshift for a particular job and I did another 12 hrs - so 26 hrs straight through.[/quote]

ha ha, I know this
Topic: Rock drill bits
derrickman

Forum: South West England   Posted: 17/08/2009 08:44:12   Subject: Rock drill bits
jumbo-type rigs became increasingly common in the 70s and 80s and these generally use a somewhat different style of drill steels.

also, there was a lot of work done from the late 60s to the
Topic: accomodation at Boulby
derrickman

Forum: North East England   Posted: 17/08/2009 08:39:10   Subject: accomodation at Boulby
[quote="Mr.C"][quote="derrickman"]I'm not a huge fan of Travelodge . [/quote]
Me neither, after spending a night in one near Ongar a few years back & sharing the room with a group of industrious
Topic: Rock drill bits
derrickman

Forum: South West England   Posted: 16/08/2009 19:49:49   Subject: Rock drill bits
the chisel tip ones have replaceable bits, but they were sometimes discarded instead when they were worn past sharpening. The sheer numbers of them used over the years meant that there are quite a few
Topic: Use of slate in roofing
derrickman

Forum: General Chat   Posted: 16/08/2009 18:10:51   Subject: Use of slate in roofing
it's long been the case here.

It's because we have a tax regime of long standing which does not encourage investment, a banking system which has completely abandoned the concept of 'durati
Topic: Holman drill for sale
derrickman

Forum: South West England   Posted: 16/08/2009 14:56:14   Subject: Holman drill for sale
there are any number of these laying around, if you know where to look.

all the Cornish mines and every tunnelling contractor in the country used them, they could be renewed indefinitely b
Topic: accomodation at Boulby
derrickman

Forum: North East England   Posted: 16/08/2009 13:46:40   Subject: accomodation at Boulby
[quote="Jimbo"][quote="derrickman"]I usually end up staying in one of two or three pubs on the A19, so I suppose that will be the answer this time.[/quote]

The A19 is at least 40 mins from
Topic: Rock drill bits
derrickman

Forum: South West England   Posted: 16/08/2009 10:36:35   Subject: Rock drill bits
[quote="Dolcoathguy"]Following on from Derrickman's message, I have seen old rock drill bits in many gardens in Cornwall. Many in the Camborne area. I have 5 in mine, but have seen others with a small
Topic: Holman drill for sale
derrickman

Forum: South West England   Posted: 15/08/2009 20:48:43   Subject: Holman drill for sale
http://cgi.ebay.co.uk/ws/eBayISAPI.dll?ViewItem&item=250482378014&_trkparms=tab%3DSelling

interesting piece of memorabilia if you have the space for it. It's clearly NOT from Dolcoath, much
Topic: Clipstone Colliery Coal Mine
derrickman

Forum: Midlands   Posted: 15/08/2009 20:11:15   Subject: Clipstone Colliery Coal Mine
I remember working on a tunnel job in Mansfield at the time of the closure. I was only there a couple of weeks, doing some 'agency' surveying until the site staff came available from other projects, b
Topic: Slate ... Across the UK..
derrickman

Forum: General Chat   Posted: 15/08/2009 18:57:23   Subject: Slate ... Across the UK..
glancing at the endless 'electric wallpaper' of property programme repeats today, saw one on More4 this afternoon which covered the restoration of a 19th century mill in Huddersfield. Gave a good ide
Topic: accomodation at Boulby
derrickman

Forum: North East England   Posted: 15/08/2009 18:53:09   Subject: accomodation at Boulby
my idea of an early start may not be yours.... I have to be at the mine before 0745. Then again, I'm used to starting between 0600 and 0700, but it does tend to mean that you don't get breakfast.
Topic: accomodation at Boulby
derrickman

Forum: North East England   Posted: 15/08/2009 17:11:13   Subject: accomodation at Boulby
http://www.28dayslater.co.uk/forums/showthread.php?t=26788

http://www.urbexforums.co.uk/showthread.php?t=4258

quite a lot of stuff around on this location, there are actually two
Topic: accomodation at Boulby
derrickman

Forum: North East England   Posted: 15/08/2009 16:13:06   Subject: accomodation at Boulby
it's at least 15 years since I did the condition inspection and I reported that it was unsafe and unsuitable for public access. There was a proposal at the time, to open a further section of the disus
Topic: accomodation at Boulby
derrickman

Forum: North East England   Posted: 15/08/2009 09:49:39   Subject: accomodation at Boulby
[quote="rikj"]Boulby Grange seems the obvious choice.

[url]http://www.hotelsnortheast.co.uk/saltburn/Boulby-Grange.php[/url]

Never stayed there, but envied those who have. Don't
Topic: accomodation at Boulby
derrickman

Forum: North East England   Posted: 14/08/2009 21:28:36   Subject: accomodation at Boulby
going up to Boulby next week, anyone recommend a B&B or similar? I usually stay at Welcome Break but up for any suggestions.

i'll be travelling from Humberside and staying over Thursday nig
Topic: Haunted Odin
derrickman

Forum: Midlands   Posted: 12/08/2009 22:38:40   Subject: Haunted Odin
[quote="ICLOK"]Well you... you're bound to know a professional mine ghost cleanser with all your experience! ;) [/quote]

I usually settle for leaving the corner of my pastie for Tommy Knock
Topic: Slate ... Across the UK..
derrickman

Forum: General Chat   Posted: 12/08/2009 14:49:00   Subject: Slate ... Across the UK..
Roman buildings everywhere use slate as a decorative feature. The Roman walls in St Albans have it, and there's no slate round there for sure.
Topic: Haunted Odin
derrickman

Forum: Midlands   Posted: 12/08/2009 13:42:59   Subject: Haunted Odin
who ya' gonna call....... :blink:
Topic: Slate ... Across the UK..
derrickman

Forum: General Chat   Posted: 12/08/2009 13:29:18   Subject: Slate ... Across the UK..
the use of slate as a levelling course, or simply for decoration, is quite common in Roman buildings.

it was also widely used as a damp course before the general adoption of first tarred (
Topic: Haunted Odin
derrickman

Forum: Midlands   Posted: 12/08/2009 12:19:37   Subject: Haunted Odin
I have a similar question to do with vintage motorcycle racing.

I can't say that some of the classes we run excite me very much, but they make the meetings viable, they are popular and it
Topic: Slate ... Across the UK..
derrickman

Forum: General Chat   Posted: 11/08/2009 22:41:10   Subject: Slate ... Across the UK..
I'd always understood that oxen were used as draught animals , not pack animals. Mules were used back to Roman times, and far out-perform a horse.

oxclose seems to be quite a common name wh
Topic: Slate ... Across the UK..
derrickman

Forum: General Chat   Posted: 11/08/2009 21:02:53   Subject: Slate ... Across the UK..
is the reference to 'jaggar ponies' the origin of the name 'Jagger's Clough' in the Edale valley?
Topic: Broadgate Pump House for sale.
derrickman

Forum: South West England   Posted: 11/08/2009 11:49:23   Subject: Broadgate Pump House for sale.
ok THAT all makes sense.. if you bought the house without buying the associated land parcels, you have all sorts of possible access problems with the eventual owners.

the land parcels are n
Topic: Broadgate Pump House for sale.
derrickman

Forum: South West England   Posted: 11/08/2009 10:03:43   Subject: Broadgate Pump House for sale.
I would agree, I think the shaft works and the access situation between them render the condition of the house itself, irrelevant.

I notice there is no mention of PP for the associated land
Topic: Broadgate Pump House for sale.
derrickman

Forum: South West England   Posted: 11/08/2009 08:32:44   Subject: Broadgate Pump House for sale.
no, it means it has Planning Permission to construct a 3-bed house incorporating the structure. Depending on what the local authorities will accept, this can mean a more-or-less new house abutting the
Topic: Who had it best - which decade was the best for mine explorers
derrickman

Forum: General Chat   Posted: 10/08/2009 18:49:11   Subject: Who had it best - which decade was the best for mine explorers
1970s for me.

Much as described by the previous post, I went down Pendarves by informal arrangement with a shift boss; when we went to Sheffield on Field Week we took the bus driver with u
Topic: spital rail tunel
derrickman

Forum: General Chat   Posted: 08/08/2009 09:03:06   Subject: spital rail tunel
try '28 days later'.. sounds like their kind of thing
Topic: New book
derrickman

Forum: North East England   Posted: 07/08/2009 11:18:11   Subject: New book
[quote="royfellows"]I dont know about which roof, but I do know that they got kicked off from there.

Shame after the work they put in.
Robert posts on here, but I havent seen anything
Topic: BBC at Combe Down
derrickman

Forum: South West England   Posted: 06/08/2009 11:27:17   Subject: BBC at Combe Down
Shepherd's had one of the preliminary contracts and it broke them.

Mowlem were appointed in considerable part because they were sufficiently large to stand the cash-flow if things remained
Topic: BBC at Combe Down
derrickman

Forum: South West England   Posted: 06/08/2009 11:05:08   Subject: BBC at Combe Down
there was a good deal of uninformed nonsense talked locally about Carsington, then and since.

Like the Dinorwic machine halls which preceded it, it was a serious attempt to do something tec
Topic: New book
derrickman

Forum: North East England   Posted: 06/08/2009 09:53:42   Subject: New book
scaffold poles ;( :surrender: :o
Topic: BBC at Combe Down
derrickman

Forum: South West England   Posted: 06/08/2009 09:51:12   Subject: BBC at Combe Down
total area about 45 acres, depending on how you define it since they tend to end in indeterminate areas of quarry backfill as the stone outcrops into the hillside. There are also further areas of work
Topic: BBC at Combe Down
derrickman

Forum: South West England   Posted: 06/08/2009 06:34:58   Subject: BBC at Combe Down
http://www.bbc.co.uk/bristol/content/articles/2007/07/06/combe_down_feature.shtml

found this... a bit of a 'laymans view' with the usual errors ( use of the terms 'shaft' and 'tunnel', misu
Topic: Cononley Mine - A Yorkshire Gem
derrickman

Forum: General Chat   Posted: 31/07/2009 08:49:18   Subject: Cononley Mine - A Yorkshire Gem
NMRS?
Topic: Cononley Mine - A Yorkshire Gem
derrickman

Forum: General Chat   Posted: 31/07/2009 08:19:01   Subject: Cononley Mine - A Yorkshire Gem
how recent are the photos? Is the incline a walk-in and soes it go anywhere?
Topic: South Crofty User Album (album)
derrickman

Forum: South West England   Posted: 29/07/2009 08:25:13   Subject: South Crofty User Album (album)
[quote="Dolcoathguy"]All this is fine until they fall off, then they are encouraged by "no win no fee" companies that it was all the mining companies fault that there was not enough security around th
Topic: South Crofty User Album (album)
derrickman

Forum: South West England   Posted: 28/07/2009 20:22:01   Subject: South Crofty User Album (album)
I went up there in the 80s, doing GPS work in the days when you had to set up the antenna at some hideous hour which you worked out from the ephemeris and let it chuckle away to itself for two hours o
Topic: Gt Crinnis Mine mislocated
derrickman

Forum: South West England   Posted: 28/07/2009 17:42:53   Subject: Gt Crinnis Mine mislocated
don't know St Austell but I DO know the Channel and can confirm that there are NO mine workings there .... ;D
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