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Topic: Shaft Fall
derrickman

Forum: South West England   Posted: 11/05/2009 11:03:22   Subject: Shaft Fall
sounds pretty stupid to me.. can't say I would take that sort of risk for a dog.....
Topic: Minllyn Steam Crane (photo)
derrickman

Forum: North Wales   Posted: 09/05/2009 20:21:43   Subject: Minllyn Steam Crane (photo)
[quote="Morlock"][quote="derrickman"][quote="hymac580c"]
But you have to say the smell of coal and steam, just like an old Gardener powered ERF does have a wonderfull smell doesn't it??? [/quote]
Topic: Minllyn Steam Crane (photo)
derrickman

Forum: North Wales   Posted: 09/05/2009 14:10:24   Subject: Minllyn Steam Crane (photo)
[quote="hymac580c"]
But you have to say the smell of coal and steam, just like an old Gardener powered ERF does have a wonderfull smell doesn't it??? [/quote]

oh, the old 'roar of the
Topic: LED lamps
derrickman

Forum: South Wales   Posted: 09/05/2009 13:57:25   Subject: LED lamps
[quote="simonrl"][quote="derrickman"]I am working at Combe Down and for some reason, all the lamps there are lead-acid ones.[/quote]

If ever they want to upgrade their lamps to the DL16 dro
Topic: LED lamps
derrickman

Forum: South Wales   Posted: 09/05/2009 09:19:57   Subject: LED lamps
I haven't seen the Li Oldham lamp, and didn't know about it. If it's up to their traditional standard, it will be good. I wouldn't worry about a bit of extra weight compared to the Raptor, I'm sure it
Topic: LED lamps
derrickman

Forum: South Wales   Posted: 09/05/2009 07:56:39   Subject: LED lamps
just been reading this..

http://www.iriscom.co.uk/m001/Lighting.htm

interesting stuff. I take it that the 'Chinese' model referred to is the one sold as the 'Raptor' ? I have ju
Topic: Water powered bellows
derrickman

Forum: Rest of World   Posted: 08/05/2009 23:52:42   Subject: Water powered bellows
the Romans used a simpler form of air blower, operated by the 'water hammer' effect of falling water, no moving parts! It was used for this sort of application and also for playing music using a sort
Topic: Language Help Request - Welsh
derrickman

Forum: South Wales   Posted: 08/05/2009 15:14:49   Subject: Language Help Request - Welsh
one thing to beware of in comparing English and Welsh names, is that the two may be quite different. The previous example which variously gives gwyllt/wyllt as 'grassy' or 'wild' is a case in point. <
Topic: Language Help Request - Welsh
derrickman

Forum: South Wales   Posted: 08/05/2009 14:46:01   Subject: Language Help Request - Welsh
http://www.tranexp.com:2000/InterTran?url=http%3A%2F%2F&type=text&text=wyllt&from=wel&to=eng

I would be a bit cautious about using InterTran, in my experience it works best with languages l
Topic: Language Help Request - Welsh
derrickman

Forum: South Wales   Posted: 08/05/2009 14:19:28   Subject: Language Help Request - Welsh
'Pen', from context, often appears to mean something like 'top' or 'high point' ( as in pen-y-graig ). 'Graig' is 'hill' so 'pen-y-graig' is 'top of the hill', more or less


'cairn' i
Topic: Language Help Request - Welsh
derrickman

Forum: South Wales   Posted: 08/05/2009 13:09:59   Subject: Language Help Request - Welsh
Welsh independence... oh, ok then.

had the same nonsense in S Wales, 80%-plus can't speak it at all, and they all get stick from the ones who can't understand each other.....

[m
Topic: Language Help Request - Welsh
derrickman

Forum: South Wales   Posted: 08/05/2009 09:23:32   Subject: Language Help Request - Welsh
I did rather come to feel when I was working in S Wales, that a lot of 'Welsh' technical terms are really only alternative spellings of English words, and terms like 'incline' and 'level' in the above
Topic: A Reminder
derrickman

Forum: North West England   Posted: 08/05/2009 08:42:37   Subject: A Reminder
this is treading on slightly contentious ground, I dare say, but I do feel that graffiti should be either authentic, for want of a better word, or aesthetic. I wouldn't be too heartbroken about the lo
Topic: A Reminder
derrickman

Forum: North West England   Posted: 07/05/2009 19:42:56   Subject: A Reminder
I don't know the whole background here - how is it that the NT come to be involved in part of Levant workings?

which contractors are you referring to?

my overall view would be th
Topic: A Reminder
derrickman

Forum: North West England   Posted: 07/05/2009 15:22:56   Subject: A Reminder
so.... when was this found? Why are the NT involved in an underground section of Levant? Is it open to the public?

is it in fact known when it was actually made? I have a carbide lamp like
Topic: South Crofty Spring 2009
derrickman

Forum: South West England   Posted: 07/05/2009 08:24:58   Subject: South Crofty Spring 2009
gas axing galvanised plate... eeewwww....... looks bad afterwards, doesn't it?

I usually prefer to drill through the footplate for fixing into existing slabs. Saves an awful lot of controve
Topic: South Crofty Spring 2009
derrickman

Forum: South West England   Posted: 07/05/2009 06:48:02   Subject: South Crofty Spring 2009
the cones are good, but not if you forget to wrap the head in Denso like someone I know did recently... :wub:

gas-axe on the bolt-holes in the column bases is quick'n'simple...

Topic: The Camborne Branch Line
derrickman

Forum: South West England   Posted: 07/05/2009 06:44:16   Subject: The Camborne Branch Line
I think you are right... I remember seeing it going into Holmans sometimes.

I was back in Camborne for a while in the late 80s so I may have my dates confused
Topic: South Crofty Spring 2009
derrickman

Forum: South West England   Posted: 07/05/2009 00:21:11   Subject: South Crofty Spring 2009
I wouldn't be surprised. He was due to retire, but wouldn't, when I was at CSM - and that's 35 years ago.
Topic: South Crofty Spring 2009
derrickman

Forum: South West England   Posted: 06/05/2009 23:19:55   Subject: South Crofty Spring 2009
I've always hated setting out holding bolts, a crap job with more scope for getting blamed for next to nothing than just about anything else I know

I won't guess who agricola is in case it'
Topic: The Camborne Branch Line
derrickman

Forum: South West England   Posted: 06/05/2009 23:17:09   Subject: The Camborne Branch Line
when I was in Camborne in 1975-6 you could still see part of the route, I remember riding up it on my bike once
Topic: 'coal has a bright future'
derrickman

Forum: General Chat   Posted: 06/05/2009 11:27:57   Subject: 'coal has a bright future'
not so many years ago we were spending a lot of money setting up a huge development at Selby, only to close it when there were the kind of problems which any development of that sort and scale inevita
Topic: South Crofty Spring 2009
derrickman

Forum: South West England   Posted: 06/05/2009 11:17:21   Subject: South Crofty Spring 2009
that all looks pretty familiar.

I was working in the onshore oil and gas business ( land rigs and pipelines ) at that time and for some years afterwards, and White Finger isn't really an i
Topic: South Crofty Spring 2009
derrickman

Forum: South West England   Posted: 05/05/2009 21:30:27   Subject: South Crofty Spring 2009
I've never known it so described, I know it as HAV ( Hand arm Vibration ) which is the term used in the relevant limitations required to be monitored

although I suppose the one is the cause
Topic: South Crofty Spring 2009
derrickman

Forum: South West England   Posted: 05/05/2009 19:49:35   Subject: South Crofty Spring 2009
VBW?
Topic: South Crofty Spring 2009
derrickman

Forum: South West England   Posted: 05/05/2009 09:05:03   Subject: South Crofty Spring 2009
were carbide lamps in use at Crofty as late as that? What about other Cornish mines?

I've never worked with a carbide lamp, although I have used one for caving... an old 'premier' which I b
Topic: Fatal Cave Collapse in Shropshire
derrickman

Forum: Midlands   Posted: 05/05/2009 09:03:00   Subject: Fatal Cave Collapse in Shropshire
lots of old mine workings have some very rickety bits. I went to Marden in Surrey recently, disused firestone workings, and there are long sections with the roof separating along the bedding planes. <
Topic: The blind miner
derrickman

Forum: South West England   Posted: 05/05/2009 08:59:09   Subject: The blind miner
It would be interesting to know what job he actually did at Botallack. Blind pit ponies were well known, a great-uncle of mine served in the artillery in the 1914-18 war and used to talk of having bli
Topic: South Crofty Spring 2009
derrickman

Forum: South West England   Posted: 04/05/2009 17:46:41   Subject: South Crofty Spring 2009
well, quite. If you don't move on, you get left behind and someone else takes the gravy.

I was at CSM in the days of 'Paddy' Hackett's reforms and there were some pretty unhappy people at t
Topic: South Crofty Spring 2009
derrickman

Forum: South West England   Posted: 04/05/2009 13:27:30   Subject: South Crofty Spring 2009
ho ho ho... proper job....

it's true though. 'Cousin Jack' was in world-wide demand because he was a top-class, state-of-the-art hard rock miner; but that was then, and this is now.
Topic: South Crofty Spring 2009
derrickman

Forum: South West England   Posted: 04/05/2009 12:03:55   Subject: South Crofty Spring 2009
the recruitment was for the shaft-sinking, not the development roads - down through the Bunter and into the coal ground below. Thyssen in particular wanted to build on what they had done at Geevor, bu
Topic: South Crofty Spring 2009
derrickman

Forum: South West England   Posted: 04/05/2009 11:43:07   Subject: South Crofty Spring 2009
I know this is a controversial subject, but good luck to 'em, sez I.

if there are miners earning miners's wages breaking rock in Camborne, and hauliers being paid to take it away, how can t
Topic: Cornish Skip Roads- any detail please
derrickman

Forum: South West England   Posted: 04/05/2009 11:31:04   Subject: Cornish Skip Roads- any detail please
I was at CSM at the time of the move from Fore Street to Trevenson and it was pretty disorderly. I rather think that it was no-one's business to look after the old museum, and it worked largely on a b
Topic: How to dig a slate mine?
derrickman

Forum: North Wales   Posted: 30/04/2009 08:17:18   Subject: How to dig a slate mine?
that's a general comment on mining. The object of the exercise is to remove a hatful of jam without getting the whole cake on your head.

it's not strictly correct that the props 'support t
Topic: More off the peg LED lamps.
derrickman

Forum: General Chat   Posted: 28/04/2009 10:42:19   Subject: More off the peg LED lamps.
I had my first outing with a Raptor lamp last night, at Marden, and I was very impressed with it.

ok, not a particularl arduous test of the waterproof and knock-resistant qualities, but a s
Topic: One for the underground regulars... Inclines Underground
derrickman

Forum: General Chat   Posted: 26/04/2009 21:58:57   Subject: One for the underground regulars... Inclines Underground
I would guess that the longest coal minng decline in UK would be at Selby - Gascoigne Wood, I think it is?

http://pamelaross.co.uk/gascoigne_wood_mine.htm



I worked on
Topic: My Oldham Conversions
derrickman

Forum: Lamps & Lighting   Posted: 23/04/2009 21:59:36   Subject: My Oldham Conversions
this thread spurred me on to get out my 35-year-old and quite dead Oldham and look at it again.. but I bottled out and bought one of those Raptor lamps.

nice piece of kit, by the way. Quite
Topic: Welsh Highland Railway
derrickman

Forum: Mine Tramways and Railways   Posted: 23/04/2009 07:58:41   Subject: First Welsh Highland link train
a real risk which has to be provided against, by anyone operating coal or wood-fired steam engines.

can't comment on whatever the WHR people may be saying to the police, but I wouldn't car
Topic: Welsh Highland Railway
derrickman

Forum: Mine Tramways and Railways   Posted: 22/04/2009 15:33:58   Subject: First Welsh Highland link train
it does now, that's true

but I have to say, I suspect that quite a number of the less well-funded preserved lines, particularly those dependent largely on contributions rather than operatin
Topic: Welsh Highland Railway
derrickman

Forum: Mine Tramways and Railways   Posted: 22/04/2009 09:01:05   Subject: First Welsh Highland link train
regardless of the politics of the various overlapping societies and the divergent aims, I do feel it's a very handsome engine and I'm pleased that SOMEONE is preserving it and providing it with a plac
Topic: Welsh Highland Railway
derrickman

Forum: Mine Tramways and Railways   Posted: 21/04/2009 08:14:58   Subject: First Welsh Highland link train
isn't the loading gauge, the reason why Russell's cab and dome was cut down many years ago?

although from memory, all it achieved was to spoil the look of the engine to no real purpose.
Topic: Take a leak and light up your world!!
derrickman

Forum: General Chat   Posted: 18/04/2009 07:49:23   Subject: Take a leak and light up your world!!
would that be Japanese for 'carbide lamp' ;D
Topic: Damage in Smallcleugh
derrickman

Forum: General Chat   Posted: 14/04/2009 16:08:02   Subject: Damage in Smallcleugh
I feel quite good now, which isn't usual.... no-one can claim that a miner employed by the owners has no place in a mine :thumbsup: .. even my ( rather large ) wheal jane sample came out in a scooptr
Topic: Damage in Smallcleugh
derrickman

Forum: General Chat   Posted: 14/04/2009 15:01:25   Subject: Damage in Smallcleugh
I once blew out some old ore boxes to draw down the stopes above, but I did it with explosives from a LONG way away... mucking them out with the Eimco was pretty scary, you would never get away with d
Topic: Damage in Smallcleugh
derrickman

Forum: General Chat   Posted: 14/04/2009 14:00:46   Subject: Damage in Smallcleugh
don't ants have any rights then? ;(

newts, bats and badgers have more rights than some people, or so it appears at times.....
Topic: Damage in Smallcleugh
derrickman

Forum: General Chat   Posted: 14/04/2009 13:42:24   Subject: Damage in Smallcleugh
this is the point that I am making.. many mining locations have complex histories resulting from successive commercial ventures for whom the archaeology is really not a consideration, once they have d
Topic: Damage in Smallcleugh
derrickman

Forum: General Chat   Posted: 14/04/2009 12:48:41   Subject: Damage in Smallcleugh
ok, for [i]was[/i] read [i]is[/i]

I was asking what I thought, was a legitimate point. At one time or another in my career, I've entered old workings, demolished previous timberwork or trac
Topic: Damage in Smallcleugh
derrickman

Forum: General Chat   Posted: 14/04/2009 12:04:44   Subject: Damage in Smallcleugh
oooo, glad I'm not one of those naughty dealers!

and there was me, thinking that the purpose and function of a mine was to extract minerals for commercial purposes :blink:

you m
Topic: Brightling Gypsum Mine
derrickman

Forum: South East England   Posted: 28/03/2009 17:21:47   Subject: Brightling Gypsum Mine
the work in the drift was all done at night, the ropeway didn't work between about 10pm and 6am. There certainly wasn't a lot of room to work.

Millers were trying to get into mining work a
Topic: survival aids
derrickman

Forum: Exploration Chat   Posted: 28/03/2009 07:43:31   Subject: survival aids
I've worked in -40degC in Alaska, and face masks certainly make a difference. Whether they make any real difference in UK conditions, I have no idea although I rather doubt it
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