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Posts by Peter Burgess

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Topic: Welsh Coal Mines Forum
Peter Burgess

Forum: General Chat   Posted: 10/01/2010 12:27:27   Subject: Welsh Coal Mines Forum
Is there any more news on this? Thanks.
Topic: Looking after the pit ponies
Peter Burgess

Forum: General Chat   Posted: 10/01/2010 09:44:03   Subject: Looking after the pit ponies
Thank you Carnkie. Films like that are rare and this one is a gem.
Topic: Running out of road salt...
Peter Burgess

Forum: Scotland   Posted: 09/01/2010 21:15:01   Subject: Running out of road salt...
Thanks for this, Sougher. There are some other wich places I can think of near salt water. Sandwich and Woolwich are two that come to mind immediately. But what about Bromwich?
Topic: Running out of road salt...
Peter Burgess

Forum: Scotland   Posted: 09/01/2010 17:36:52   Subject: Running out of road salt...
It's a rubbish picture, and would never win a competition since there is nobody in it for scale.
Topic: Looking after the pit ponies
Peter Burgess

Forum: General Chat   Posted: 08/01/2010 22:22:05   Subject: Looking after the pit ponies
OK, it's the shape of the white "blaze" (is that the right word?) on the horse's head.
Topic: Running out of road salt...
Peter Burgess

Forum: Scotland   Posted: 08/01/2010 22:17:42   Subject: Running out of road salt...
Brilliant! I can go to bed now. :thumbsup:
Topic: Running out of road salt...
Peter Burgess

Forum: Scotland   Posted: 08/01/2010 22:11:25   Subject: Running out of road salt...
I've been trying to find the hi-res copy of that image I was looking at on Wednesday (?). I think it was on NASAs site. If I find it, I'll post the link - that's the one to look at!
Topic: Running out of road salt...
Peter Burgess

Forum: Scotland   Posted: 08/01/2010 21:47:53   Subject: Running out of road salt...
I love that photo. You can just about make out one or two places where there is no snow.
Topic: Running out of road salt...
Peter Burgess

Forum: Scotland   Posted: 08/01/2010 21:26:46   Subject: Running out of road salt...
[quote="royfellows"]If you are refering to me Peter, we are in complete agreement.

Yes, its politics.

NOT science.[/quote]

Only if you want it to be, Roy.
Topic: Running out of road salt...
Peter Burgess

Forum: Scotland   Posted: 08/01/2010 21:21:02   Subject: Running out of road salt...
Personally, I'd rather those who like screwing up a good message board with politics did so somewhere else. This site is a breath of fresh air where we can all be real anoraks together.
Topic: Running out of road salt...
Peter Burgess

Forum: Scotland   Posted: 08/01/2010 21:16:06   Subject: Running out of road salt...
The ignorant masses? You mean those who have no concept of what constitutes good science, or bad science, and can't see how manipulative people with every incentive to do nothing will do or say anythi
Topic: Looking after the pit ponies
Peter Burgess

Forum: General Chat   Posted: 08/01/2010 21:01:06   Subject: Looking after the pit ponies
Can you see why he was called Stockings?
Topic: Looking after the pit ponies
Peter Burgess

Forum: General Chat   Posted: 08/01/2010 20:45:29   Subject: Looking after the pit ponies
Here is Stockings, Surrey's last pit pony.

[img]http://www.wcms.org.uk/images/colley_hill_hearthstone_mr.jpg[/img]

© Michael Ross
Alfred Turrell and Stockings the horse haul
Topic: Looking after the pit ponies
Peter Burgess

Forum: General Chat   Posted: 07/01/2010 11:29:36   Subject: Looking after the pit ponies
Who cared for the ponies during strikes and lock-outs?
Topic: Weather Warning
Peter Burgess

Forum: General Chat   Posted: 06/01/2010 14:44:18   Subject: Weather Warning
Apart from the stations like Tyndrum, does anyone recognise any of the locations? I saw a bit of third rail but it could have been anywhere on the Southern.
Topic: Weather Warning
Peter Burgess

Forum: General Chat   Posted: 06/01/2010 13:21:49   Subject: Weather Warning
This seems like an opportune moment to post up again one of my favourite Youtube films, for anyone who didn't catch it last time:

[url]http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=cl4pJwcE7JI[/url]
Topic: Weather Warning
Peter Burgess

Forum: General Chat   Posted: 06/01/2010 13:17:11   Subject: Weather Warning
Perhaps he was remembering snow ploughs on the railways, which were far more important than the roads at that time?
Topic: Colley Hill Hearthstone Mine ca. 1920 (photo)
Peter Burgess

Forum: South East England   Posted: 05/01/2010 13:04:11   Subject: Colley Hill Hearthstone Mine ca. 1920 (photo)
More photos here:

[url]http://www.wcms.org.uk/cgi-bin/wcmsgallery.pl?site=16[/url]

The underground ones date from very short-lived attempts to dig into the mine. The site is wel
Topic: Colley Hill Hearthstone Mine ca. 1920 (photo)
Peter Burgess

Forum: South East England   Posted: 05/01/2010 08:07:54   Subject: Colley Hill Hearthstone Mine ca. 1920 (photo)
It was in the angle between the Pilgrims' Way and The Sheepwalk footpath, largely to the west of The Sheepwalk. The last working was in the cutting that ends abruptly when it reaches the Pilgrims' Way
Topic: Colley Hill Hearthstone Mine ca. 1920 (photo)
Peter Burgess

Forum: South East England   Posted: 04/01/2010 21:11:12   Subject: Colley Hill Hearthstone Mine ca. 1920 (photo)
Yes. But nothing underground. Do you live locally?
Topic: 2009 Roundup & Thank you all!
Peter Burgess

Forum: General Chat   Posted: 01/01/2010 00:57:11   Subject: 2009 Roundup & Thank you all!
And thank you for maintaining this site, which of the few that I contribute to on a regular basis is the only one where anyone has gone to the trouble to post a message like this. It is a reflection o
Topic: Box Loco - Question
Peter Burgess

Forum: South West England   Posted: 29/12/2009 21:11:11   Subject: Box Loco - Question
Ah, I know about that one. Quite a few photos exist of it.

[url]http://www.historycooperative.org/journals/sia/30.2/travis.html[/url]

There is one in the interesting article abov
Topic: Box Loco - Question
Peter Burgess

Forum: South West England   Posted: 29/12/2009 17:36:45   Subject: Box Loco - Question
[quote="seend"]Yes it was drawn with care - in the 1970s by Paul Weaver of New Farm, Lacock, Wilts - it was how he thought the loco might have looked - since then my researches have turned up a lot a
Topic: Box Loco - Question
Peter Burgess

Forum: South West England   Posted: 28/12/2009 20:00:37   Subject: Box Loco - Question
Actually, I've glanced through the topic and didn't see the source of this drawing. Where did Clunk get it from? Is it in fact an original drawing or a more recent impression?
Topic: Box Loco - Question
Peter Burgess

Forum: South West England   Posted: 28/12/2009 19:57:37   Subject: Box Loco - Question
The image in the original post includes a scale and is drawn with care. I would give the benefit of the doubt to the original draftsman with regard to its accuracy. Several times I have found that acc
Topic: Pioneer locomotive, Levant
Peter Burgess

Forum: South West England   Posted: 26/12/2009 23:00:39   Subject: Pioneer locomotive, Levant
I seem to recall that Levant also had stationary steam winders underground at its submarine shafts. The smoke from those would have dissipated into the workings I suppose.
Topic: Charcoal for iron smelters
Peter Burgess

Forum: North America   Posted: 24/12/2009 20:04:56   Subject: Charcoal for iron smelters
In the Weald I have seen charcoal burning in circular iron kilns which are carried from one wood to another, I suppose as the burners (or "colliers") find suitable woodland and amenable owners to oper
Topic: The Bevan Boys' War
Peter Burgess

Forum: General Chat   Posted: 23/12/2009 13:42:51   Subject: The Bevan Boys' War
Andrew Renville was a keen artist at school, I think I discovered.
Topic: PHOTO COMPETITION 2009 - RESULTS
Peter Burgess

Forum: The 2009 AditNow Photography Competition   Posted: 23/12/2009 10:59:40   Subject: PHOTO COMPETITION 2009 - RESULTS
They are all very good photos. Were any of the mentioned photos taken using affordable compact cameras? It would be interesting to know as it might encourage me to try again.
Topic: Pioneer locomotive, Levant
Peter Burgess

Forum: South West England   Posted: 23/12/2009 09:23:18   Subject: Pioneer locomotive, Levant
Apart from the London Underground, are there many examples of steam locomotives being used underground?
Topic: Murton Colliery, Co. Durham.
Peter Burgess

Forum: North East England   Posted: 23/12/2009 08:33:41   Subject: Murton Colliery, Co. Durham.
[quote="Peter Burgess"]Chap I work with here used to work in the pit at Murton.[/quote]

I showed him the photos [url]http://www.aditnow.co.uk/album/Murton-Colliery-Coal-Mine-Archive-Album/[
Topic: The Bevan Boys' War
Peter Burgess

Forum: General Chat   Posted: 22/12/2009 23:09:59   Subject: The Bevin Boys' War
Here are two letters from Bevin Boys to their old headmaster, which I found in the school archives (Reigate Grammar).

Date: 25th March 1945

"Dear Mr. Clarke,
I am writing to
Topic: PHOTO COMPETITION - THANKS
Peter Burgess

Forum: The 2009 AditNow Photography Competition   Posted: 22/12/2009 22:54:11   Subject: PHOTO COMPETITION - THANKS
My photos are already up on the wall as part of the family gallery.
Topic: Pioneer locomotive, Levant
Peter Burgess

Forum: South West England   Posted: 22/12/2009 20:45:10   Subject: Pioneer locomotive, Levant
[quote="Peter Burgess"]I think I might have typed the wrong date - don't have the book to hand at the moment, but I seem to remember reading a date in the 1890s yesterday!
[/quote]Yes, definitely
Topic: Murton Colliery, Co. Durham.
Peter Burgess

Forum: North East England   Posted: 22/12/2009 13:57:58   Subject: Murton Colliery, Co. Durham.
Chap I work with here used to work in the pit at Murton.
Topic: Pioneer locomotive, Levant
Peter Burgess

Forum: South West England   Posted: 22/12/2009 11:08:54   Subject: Pioneer locomotive, Levant
I recall reading somewhere that because Levant runs under the sea, most of the levels ran downhill away from Skip Shaft, so loaded trains would have had to be pulled uphill. So perhaps this was the cr
Topic: Pioneer locomotive, Levant
Peter Burgess

Forum: South West England   Posted: 22/12/2009 10:41:14   Subject: Pioneer locomotive, Levant
I think I might have typed the wrong date - don't have the book to hand at the moment, but I seem to remember reading a date in the 1890s yesterday!
Topic: Pioneer locomotive, Levant
Peter Burgess

Forum: South West England   Posted: 21/12/2009 21:46:18   Subject: Pioneer locomotive, Levant
Allow me to quote from John Corin's "Levant - A Champion Cornish Mine".

The 278 fathom level was the main tramming level of the mine, and it was thought that a small industrial locomotive b
Topic: Shawforth Lancashire
Peter Burgess

Forum: North West England   Posted: 16/12/2009 22:12:47   Subject: Shawforth Lancashire
Gannister - quartzite used to make refractory bricks. The thought had crossed my mind too.
Topic: PHOTO COMPETITION - THANKS
Peter Burgess

Forum: The 2009 AditNow Photography Competition   Posted: 16/12/2009 19:49:55   Subject: PHOTO COMPETITION - THANKS
I was beaten in the WCMS photo competition due to "voting irregularities". I need a sympathy vote.
Topic: Witton Hall rocksalt mine, 1882 (photo)
Peter Burgess

Forum: North West England   Posted: 12/12/2009 23:28:10   Subject: Witton Hall rocksalt mine, 1882 (photo)
The upside down bit which I have now fixed for this gallery. Who knows which location is correct?
Topic: Witton Hall rocksalt mine, 1882 (photo)
Peter Burgess

Forum: North West England   Posted: 12/12/2009 22:55:15   Subject: Witton Hall rocksalt mine, 1882 (photo)
So it is. Someone should tell the BGS.
Topic: A theoretical mining tour of Britain... where would you go??
Peter Burgess

Forum: General Chat   Posted: 12/12/2009 22:05:25   Subject: A theoretical mining tour of Britain... where would you go??
[quote="ttxela"]Don't forget Grimes Graves for neolithic flint mining. [/quote]I didn't. :)
Topic: Seacombe Quarry - bug
Peter Burgess

Forum: Site Updates, Suggestions & Corrections   Posted: 12/12/2009 21:20:50   Subject: Seacombe Quarry - bug
Oo err, missis!
Topic: Seacombe Quarry - bug
Peter Burgess

Forum: Site Updates, Suggestions & Corrections   Posted: 12/12/2009 20:38:31   Subject: Seacombe Quarry - bug
I have just added Seacombe Quarry.

[url]http://www.aditnow.co.uk/mines/Seacombe-Limestone-Quarry/[/url]

I have added three photos to the archive gallery. The Mine page shows no i
Topic: Cannock Chase, 1863 (photo)
Peter Burgess

Forum: Midlands   Posted: 12/12/2009 20:03:02   Subject: Cannock Chase, 1863 (photo)
Here are two more from 1891:

[link]Cannock-Chase-1-3-7-8-Coal-Mine-Archive-Album-Image-45069[linkphoto]Cannock-Chase-1-3-7-8-Coal-Mine-Archive-Album-Image-45069[/linkphoto][/link]

Topic: Cannock Chase, 1863 (photo)
Peter Burgess

Forum: Midlands   Posted: 12/12/2009 19:41:46   Subject: Cannock Chase, 1863 (photo)
Could this photo really be that old?
Topic: Hunslet, Leeds, 1891
Peter Burgess

Forum: North East England   Posted: 12/12/2009 18:28:24   Subject: Hunslet, Leeds, 1891
Another excellent BGS photo. The caption suggests bricks, so is this a fireclay pit for making firebricks? Is that a brick-lined mineshaft being cut into in the corner of the pit? Does anyone have an
Topic: Witton Hall rocksalt mine, 1882 (photo)
Peter Burgess

Forum: North West England   Posted: 12/12/2009 17:56:59   Subject: Witton Hall rocksalt mine, 1882 (photo)
Another very old photo from the BGS collection. One of three, "photographed by electric light". Spot the man in the kibble and the amazing mine tubs. I should add there is no "Cheshire" area in the mi
Topic: Cannock Chase, 1863 (photo)
Peter Burgess

Forum: Midlands   Posted: 12/12/2009 16:14:32   Subject: Cannock Chase, 1863 (photo)
This is the oldest photo in the BGS collection, from 1863. I cannot be sure it is in the right archive record - there are no details for the mine I chose and I have no idea if it was working in the 18
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