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Posts by Peter Burgess

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Topic: Moving the loads
Peter Burgess

Forum: Mining Methods & Techniques   Posted: 16/02/2010 09:16:01   Subject: Moving the loads
Not as much as there was 40 years ago sadly. A section of full depth double track cutting, a few sleeper blocks if you know where to look (used in a garden gateway, not in situ), the weighbridge cotta
Topic: Moving the loads
Peter Burgess

Forum: Mining Methods & Techniques   Posted: 15/02/2010 22:42:23   Subject: Moving the loads
[quote="ICLOK"]Lovely proportioned bridge that... shame its gone, did it last into the 20th Century or was it an early casualty?
[/quote]The painting was published in 1823.

The bridge
Topic: Moving the loads
Peter Burgess

Forum: Mining Methods & Techniques   Posted: 15/02/2010 19:27:04   Subject: Moving the loads
The bridge has gone but the southern approach embankment is a scheduled ancient monument.
Topic: Moving the loads
Peter Burgess

Forum: Mining Methods & Techniques   Posted: 15/02/2010 19:04:58   Subject: Moving the loads
Croydon Merstham and Godstone Iron Railway. The line where a famous wager was made on the weight of wagons capable of being hauled by a horse on a tramroad.

[link]Croydon-Merstham-and-Godst
Topic: Andrew Marrs history of modern Britain
Peter Burgess

Forum: General Chat   Posted: 14/02/2010 11:01:48   Subject: Andrew Marrs history of modern Britain
[quote="ICLOK"]Thats right lets just pretend none it exists, read a few books and go down a few mines and it should all be OK. ;) [/quote]

That's not what I said, is it?
Topic: Andrew Marrs history of modern Britain
Peter Burgess

Forum: General Chat   Posted: 14/02/2010 10:22:19   Subject: Andrew Marrs history of modern Britain
[quote="ICLOK"]Anybody with half a brain should by now be banging on their MPs door .....[/quote]

Anyone with more than half a brain can knuckle down to doing something more enjoyable like
Topic: Blaenau bid by National Park / Rhosydd
Peter Burgess

Forum: North Wales   Posted: 13/02/2010 11:17:03   Subject: Blaenau bid by National Park / Rhosydd
Someone at work yesterday said that when he visited the BF area, he had to think carefully whether he had suddenly suffered an unusual eye condition wherein he lost colour vision, as everything went m
Topic: Secret Caves......
Peter Burgess

Forum: General Chat   Posted: 13/02/2010 09:11:09   Subject: Secret Caves......
So why isn't that site in our database? Go on - you know you want to!
Topic: Andrew Marrs history of modern Britain
Peter Burgess

Forum: General Chat   Posted: 12/02/2010 22:07:36   Subject: Andrew Marrs history of modern Britain
I know one should really feel sorry when you see an old lady crying, but whenever I see Mrs T blubbing as she walked to her car in Downing Street, I still get a sense of relief!
Topic: Blaenau bid by National Park / Rhosydd
Peter Burgess

Forum: North Wales   Posted: 12/02/2010 22:04:44   Subject: Blaenau bid by National Park / Rhosydd
"The Peak" as in "District".
Topic: Blaenau bid by National Park / Rhosydd
Peter Burgess

Forum: North Wales   Posted: 12/02/2010 21:23:23   Subject: Blaenau bid by National Park / Rhosydd
How come they are able to carry on extracting limestone on a large scale from the Peak, then?
Topic: Andrew Marrs history of modern Britain
Peter Burgess

Forum: General Chat   Posted: 12/02/2010 20:56:45   Subject: Andrew Marrs history of modern Britain
The "freedom" mentioned in the programme was the freedom of the markets, freedom to spend, freedom to be completely self-centred.
Topic: Andrew Marrs history of modern Britain
Peter Burgess

Forum: General Chat   Posted: 12/02/2010 20:01:35   Subject: Andrew Marrs history of modern Britain
The decade when Britain stopped being governed by its principles and started being ruled by its instincts. We may have gained our freedom but we lost our soul.
Topic: Secret Caves......
Peter Burgess

Forum: General Chat   Posted: 10/02/2010 21:55:12   Subject: Secret Caves......
[quote="RJV"][quote="Peter Burgess"]Try this lot......

[url]http://www.wcms.org.uk/pages/secret_tunnels_page.shtml[/url][/quote]

Does anybody know what the story with the Crowbor
Topic: Secret Caves......
Peter Burgess

Forum: General Chat   Posted: 10/02/2010 16:45:33   Subject: Secret Caves......
Try this lot......

[url]http://www.wcms.org.uk/pages/secret_tunnels_page.shtml[/url]
Topic: Milwr Tunnel Mine Trip in 2010
Peter Burgess

Forum: North Wales   Posted: 08/02/2010 14:43:22   Subject: Milwr Tunnel Mine Trip in 2010
Hi Howard. It might be better to find another place to visit this year, unless things have radically changed recently. Is this the regular North Wales trip you are planning? How about some slate mines
Topic: Google Book-club
Peter Burgess

Forum: General Chat   Posted: 01/02/2010 14:18:01   Subject: Google Book-club
Not including books I was already aware of before Google Books was invented, this is the oldest I have found, I think.

[url]http://books.google.co.uk/books?id=6EIPAAAAQAAJ&printsec=frontcov
Topic: Google Book-club
Peter Burgess

Forum: General Chat   Posted: 01/02/2010 14:07:12   Subject: Google Book-club
Oh well - that's the end of that little competition then!
Topic: Google Book-club
Peter Burgess

Forum: General Chat   Posted: 01/02/2010 13:07:57   Subject: Google Book-club
So here is a challenge. What is the oldest item in Google Books that you have found with good mine-related information?
Topic: Borrowdale Graphite Mine
Peter Burgess

Forum: General Chat   Posted: 31/01/2010 11:47:19   Subject: Borrowdale Graphite Mine
[quote="Tamarmole"][
I seem to recall traversing over a bloody great 'ole clipped in to a ratty bit of in situ tat.[/quote]

You should take up writing rigging guides with such evocati
Topic: Google Book-club
Peter Burgess

Forum: General Chat   Posted: 30/01/2010 23:42:46   Subject: Google Book-club
I have found Google Books can turn up some interesting surprises. When searching, especially for older volumes, remember that the scanning software used will usually have read the old style letter s a
Topic: How deep was Grimethorpe Colliery?
Peter Burgess

Forum: North East England   Posted: 20/01/2010 16:28:47   Subject: How deep was Grimethorpe Colliery?
Did Alan get his information, and was it broadcast?
Topic: How deep was Grimethorpe Colliery?
Peter Burgess

Forum: North East England   Posted: 19/01/2010 15:13:58   Subject: How deep was Grimethorpe Colliery?
Let's hope that if someone says the workings extended for, say, a mile, we don't get the old chestnut "mile-deep workings". ::)
Topic: Swanage quarries, 1911 (photo)
Peter Burgess

Forum: South West England   Posted: 18/01/2010 23:42:08   Subject: Swanage quarries, 1911 (photo)
This is a quarr cart, like the one in the 1911 picture. The design of the wheels, which were all mounted separately ie each wheel was mounted in a pair of bearings with no axle joining them as a pair
Topic: Swanage quarries, 1911 (photo)
Peter Burgess

Forum: South West England   Posted: 18/01/2010 23:29:06   Subject: Swanage quarries, 1911 (photo)
The one close to the lighthouse track I think we knew as "New Vein Quarry" when we visited it.
Topic: Swanage quarries, 1911 (photo)
Peter Burgess

Forum: South West England   Posted: 18/01/2010 23:20:07   Subject: Swanage quarries, 1911 (photo)
No, I don't think it is. The preserved one I was privileged to be able to visit and survey for the country park when it was dug open. That is a quarry on the outcrop - the shaft follows the beds - the
Topic: Croesor & other mines on S4C (viewable online)
Peter Burgess

Forum: North Wales   Posted: 18/01/2010 23:12:00   Subject: Croesor & other mines on S4C (viewable online)
I've never heard it called that before - was that its official title?
Topic: Croesor & other mines on S4C (viewable online)
Peter Burgess

Forum: North Wales   Posted: 18/01/2010 23:00:04   Subject: Croesor & other mines on S4C (viewable online)
I was amazed to find that Dinas is not in the database! There are countless pokey little mines in Wales that are here, of which I doubt there are any remains left whatsoever, yet Dinas, working till t
Topic: Welsh Highland Railway
Peter Burgess

Forum: Mine Tramways and Railways   Posted: 15/01/2010 22:20:15   Subject: Welsh Highland Railway
[quote="AndyC"]I my opinion yes it is.

To take your example, it is highly unlikely that a road was fine to use by all vehicles, then someone put in an exceptionally steep hill, so causing
Topic: Welsh Highland Railway
Peter Burgess

Forum: Mine Tramways and Railways   Posted: 15/01/2010 21:59:30   Subject: Welsh Highland Railway
But why is it unreasonable? There are countless "Cyclists are advised to dismount" signs all over the country in places where there are permanent dangers, like exceptionally steep hills, for example.
Topic: Welsh Highland Railway
Peter Burgess

Forum: Mine Tramways and Railways   Posted: 15/01/2010 20:11:56   Subject: Welsh Highland Railway
If there are signs, in two languages, road markings, and goodness knows what else to advise and guide the cyclists where to go, then if they choose to ignore all of that, who should be accountable for
Topic: Rockshaw Quarry
Peter Burgess

Forum: South East England   Posted: 13/01/2010 23:42:17   Subject: Rockshaw Quarry
I have tried to be slightly vague with some Surrey sites so as to respect sensitivities of owners etc. A generic name like Merstham, Chaldon, Godstone allows interesting historical info and photos to
Topic: Rockshaw Quarry
Peter Burgess

Forum: South East England   Posted: 13/01/2010 23:37:27   Subject: Rockshaw Quarry
No problem. Comments now added. That's what regional editors are for!
Topic: Rockshaw Quarry
Peter Burgess

Forum: South East England   Posted: 13/01/2010 23:31:53   Subject: Rockshaw Quarry
Er, no, but good idea. These are cavers names for sites that historically were probably only ever known as Merstham and Chaldon quarries.
Topic: Rockshaw Quarry
Peter Burgess

Forum: South East England   Posted: 13/01/2010 23:03:30   Subject: Rockshaw Quarry
Likewise Quarry Dene - part of Merstham Quarry
Topic: Rockshaw Quarry
Peter Burgess

Forum: South East England   Posted: 13/01/2010 23:01:45   Subject: Rockshaw Quarry
Likewise Football Field Quarry which is already there as Merstham Quarry.
Topic: Rockshaw Quarry
Peter Burgess

Forum: South East England   Posted: 13/01/2010 22:59:57   Subject: Rockshaw Quarry
I have just deleted this quarry which has just been added - it is already there as Chaldon Quarries.
Topic: Croesor & other mines on S4C (viewable online)
Peter Burgess

Forum: North Wales   Posted: 13/01/2010 19:31:04   Subject: Croesor - really?
[quote="royfellows"][quote="Peter Burgess"]Give credit to some film-makers, though. The BBC made a good effort filming underground for a series coming out soon on the Natural History Museum, as faithf
Topic: Croesor & other mines on S4C (viewable online)
Peter Burgess

Forum: North Wales   Posted: 13/01/2010 15:17:17   Subject: Croesor - really?
Give credit to some film-makers, though. The BBC made a good effort filming underground for a series coming out soon on the Natural History Museum, as faithful as they could be when visiting the WW2 s
Topic: Weather Lore and Superstitions
Peter Burgess

Forum: General Chat   Posted: 12/01/2010 15:35:21   Subject: Weather Lore and Superstitions
I have a book written about the 1891 blizzard. It concentrates on the SW but might give a more general picture.
Topic: Weather Lore and Superstitions
Peter Burgess

Forum: General Chat   Posted: 11/01/2010 22:16:28   Subject: Weather Lore and Superstitions
If it's sunny and raining at the same time, then it's a monkey's birthday.
Topic: Running out of road salt...
Peter Burgess

Forum: Scotland   Posted: 10/01/2010 14:25:25   Subject: Running out of road salt...
Some caution with the wich (or wick) ending - it can also just mean a farm. Sussex has a number of wick placenames, Gatwick being the well-known one (although this is historically in Surrey). Now, the
Topic: Running out of road salt...
Peter Burgess

Forum: Scotland   Posted: 10/01/2010 14:09:29   Subject: Running out of road salt...
[quote="ICLOK"]And those those that would seek to oppress us for their own ends namely power! >:( [/quote]... who we (some of us) vote for. Like I said .....
Topic: Welsh Coal Mines Forum
Peter Burgess

Forum: General Chat   Posted: 10/01/2010 14:07:45   Subject: Welsh Coal Mines Forum
Trust me to want to check something on the same day as it goes down!
Topic: Looking after the pit ponies
Peter Burgess

Forum: General Chat   Posted: 10/01/2010 14:06:52   Subject: Looking after the pit ponies
Sorry, I'm a bit thick sometimes on technical matters - I only work in IT. :)
Topic: Looking after the pit ponies
Peter Burgess

Forum: General Chat   Posted: 10/01/2010 13:42:57   Subject: Looking after the pit ponies
Are you both signed up to YouTube? I'm not, and I can't see any download options as a visitor.
Topic: Running out of road salt...
Peter Burgess

Forum: Scotland   Posted: 10/01/2010 13:41:51   Subject: Running out of road salt...
The only thing we need to fear is ourselves.
Topic: Looking after the pit ponies
Peter Burgess

Forum: General Chat   Posted: 10/01/2010 13:14:59   Subject: Looking after the pit ponies
No, I don't think so, but you can make three videos run together in sequence in YouTube somehow.
Topic: Running out of road salt...
Peter Burgess

Forum: Scotland   Posted: 10/01/2010 13:12:50   Subject: Running out of road salt...
I am aware that just a very few investigative journos have taken the trouble to read the whole lot, and the context in which they were written, and concluded that they were largely taken out of contex
Topic: Running out of road salt...
Peter Burgess

Forum: Scotland   Posted: 10/01/2010 12:31:26   Subject: Running out of road salt...
At the risk of starting a political debate, have you actually read through the suspect emails or are you just happy to believe what the media tell you?
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