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Posts by derrickman

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Topic: Brightling Gypsum Mine
derrickman

Forum: South East England   Posted: 27/03/2009 17:15:24   Subject: Brightling Gypsum Mine
I was there in 1986 with Millers. They went into receivership and reorganised again later that year in rather dubious circumstances.

The Daniels brothers were the mining subcontractors and
Topic: Brightling Gypsum Mine
derrickman

Forum: South East England   Posted: 27/03/2009 08:07:37   Subject: Brightling Gypsum Mine
I posted in another thread, that I thought the conveyor had been aborted, because the work promised to the contractor ( Miller Buckley ) in the mid-80s seemed to lead nowhere.

from previous
Topic: Gwynfynydd Gold Mine Redevelopment
derrickman

Forum: North Wales   Posted: 25/03/2009 21:49:56   Subject: Gwynfynydd Gold Mine Redevelopment
interesting to see mention of the Daniels brothers - I remember working with them at Mountfield mine in the mid-80s, down in the incline drift; putting in bases for the ( eventually aborted ) cross-co
Topic: My Oldham Conversions
derrickman

Forum: Lamps & Lighting   Posted: 25/03/2009 08:17:09   Subject: My Oldham Conversions
that's a NiFe lamp. There were quite a lot of them around on the caving scene at one time, the great thing was that they could be stored discharged for long periods without coming to any harm. The all
Topic: Dolcoath winder
derrickman

Forum: General Chat   Posted: 24/03/2009 06:20:02   Subject: Dolcoath winder
same with railway stations.. mind you, I once stayed at the St Pancras hotel and the NOISE was terrible, didn't sleep a wink... London Underground has some very nice art deco in places, too
Topic: Cae Coch Sulphur Mine
derrickman

Forum: North Wales   Posted: 20/03/2009 08:05:21   Subject: Cae Coch Sulphur Mine
ok, look I'll spell this out, since no-one else is apparently going to.

this site, whatever its title may appear to say when translated into chinese using a translator programme, is a recr
Topic: Cae Coch Sulphur Mine
derrickman

Forum: North Wales   Posted: 19/03/2009 16:22:31   Subject: Cae Coch Sulphur Mine
'your wife is a blue hippo' :)
Topic: Doe Lea Colliery
derrickman

Forum: General Chat   Posted: 19/03/2009 13:24:01   Subject: Doe Lea Colliery
found a reference dated from 2007, relating to mining subsidence of up to 4.5m in the Doe Lea valley ( context is the Chesterfield Canal restoration project )
Topic: Ecton Deep User Album (album)
derrickman

Forum: Midlands   Posted: 19/03/2009 12:10:37   Subject: Ecton Deep User Album (album)
these organisations are probably no more or less risk-averse, unhelpful and obstructive than any other organisation faced with the management of old workings which they don't understand, don't much ca
Topic: Doe Lea Colliery
derrickman

Forum: General Chat   Posted: 19/03/2009 11:40:20   Subject: Doe Lea Colliery
interesting stuff.

I briefly worked on flourspar and barytes extraction in the Peaks when I first came out of Cornwall in the mid-to-late 70s. If I remember rightly, some of it went to Bri
Topic: Doe Lea Colliery
derrickman

Forum: General Chat   Posted: 19/03/2009 11:13:19   Subject: Doe Lea Colliery
a quick internet search of "SPO Minerals" turns up the information that in the early 1970s they were involved in an operation at Baslow, loading barytes recycled from old lead mine workings for use in
Topic: Doe Lea Colliery
derrickman

Forum: General Chat   Posted: 19/03/2009 08:05:07   Subject: Doe Lea Colliery
a short while ago I happened to be at M1 Junction 29 ( Chesterfield turn-off ) and it crossed my mind that in the early 80s I worked on a ventilation shaft for a small private coal mine, Doe Lea.
Topic: Tunnel breakthrough
derrickman

Forum: General Chat   Posted: 28/02/2009 00:22:23   Subject: Tunnel breakthrough
I don't know about any accident at Kielder.

What I do know, is that the less time wasted over this sort of thing, the happier everyone is. And, what the uninformed spectator expects, and w
Topic: Tunnel breakthrough
derrickman

Forum: General Chat   Posted: 27/02/2009 12:52:56   Subject: Tunnel breakthrough
I worked on tunnelling in Central London for several years and we staged at least two 'breakthroughs' in that time for various parties.

one was for Blue Peter, on the London Water Ring Mai
Topic: Gloddfa Ganol Locos
derrickman

Forum: General Chat   Posted: 26/02/2009 17:45:03   Subject: Gloddfa Ganol Locos
quite a lot of these restorations are more properly regarded as replicas incorporating original parts. A steam engine has a whole range of parts which wear out and MUST be in proper working order, ie
Topic: Underground Waterwheels
derrickman

Forum: General Chat   Posted: 26/02/2009 08:39:02   Subject: Underground Waterwheels
I've seen pics of that welsh waterwheel before, but know very little about the subject. Did you say it is only 50m along an open level? I'd be most interested to see that
Topic: For the Narrow Gauge Fans - DBR
derrickman

Forum: Midlands   Posted: 22/02/2009 13:06:29   Subject: For the Narrow Gauge Fans - DBR
I wouldn't care to do the 'Elf'n'Safety paperwork for that......
Topic: For the Narrow Gauge Fans - DBR
derrickman

Forum: Midlands   Posted: 21/02/2009 07:16:37   Subject: For the Narrow Gauge Fans - DBR
Railway Adventure, I couldn't think of the name...

how about 'Light Railways of the First World War' by W J K Davies, for generic detail of these machines>

steering back to more
Topic: Tearsall quarry permission granted
derrickman

Forum: Midlands   Posted: 20/02/2009 13:10:51   Subject: Tearsall quarry permission granted
I think 'skilled, full time jobs' are the key words

I've had a long ( if intermittent ) association with Cornwall and watched the decline of the mining there, I studied at CSM and worked at
Topic: For the Narrow Gauge Fans - DBR
derrickman

Forum: Midlands   Posted: 20/02/2009 12:41:07   Subject: For the Narrow Gauge Fans - DBR
which one? They are both good in different ways.

personally, I prefer 'Little Wonder' because it contains a lot of hard detail of how the thing was actually done - Alan Pegler's involvemen
Topic: For the Narrow Gauge Fans - DBR
derrickman

Forum: Midlands   Posted: 20/02/2009 10:05:05   Subject: For the Narrow Gauge Fans - DBR
I think Patrick Whitehouse's book has a lot to answer for, one way and another!

that and Rolt's book about the early years of the Tal-y-Llyn. 'The Little Wonder' is a good read as well, if
Topic: cap lamp brackets
derrickman

Forum: General Chat   Posted: 20/02/2009 08:55:42   Subject: cap lamp brackets
I saw your pm but can't ( yet ) reply to it

the ones you describe are indeed the ones I was thinking of. From your description of the colour I'd guess they are quite old and could be seized
Topic: For the Narrow Gauge Fans - DBR
derrickman

Forum: Midlands   Posted: 20/02/2009 08:43:14   Subject: For the Narrow Gauge Fans - DBR
I find those rebuilt engines quite fascinating. I've often felt that many so-called 'restorations' are more correctly regarded as replicas including original parts.

The amount of work and
Topic: cap lamp brackets
derrickman

Forum: General Chat   Posted: 19/02/2009 21:21:16   Subject: cap lamp brackets
the old MSA ones are very distinctive, they are a round bakelite pedestal with a slot in the front

otherwise I think the Petzl ones would serve
Topic: Battery locos and tramways
derrickman

Forum: Mine Tramways and Railways   Posted: 19/02/2009 14:07:22   Subject: Battery locos and tramways
I've never seen an underground loco with double-flanged wheels, but I know for sure that those BEV locos will stand a fair amount of fluctuation in the gauge ( the track panels used on tunnel jobs are
Topic: cap lamp brackets
derrickman

Forum: General Chat   Posted: 19/02/2009 11:00:26   Subject: cap lamp brackets
looking for a couple of MSA lamp brackets to fit the old fibreglass SkullGard style helmets - one as a wall hanger and one which lives in the Jeep for occasional use

these helmets are still
Topic: For the Narrow Gauge Fans - DBR
derrickman

Forum: Midlands   Posted: 18/02/2009 22:53:54   Subject: For the Narrow Gauge Fans - DBR
preserved narrow gauge railways are too incestuous for words...

I wouldn't be [i]that[/i]dogmatic about who had what, at this late stage!



Topic: For the Narrow Gauge Fans - DBR
derrickman

Forum: Midlands   Posted: 18/02/2009 22:43:53   Subject: For the Narrow Gauge Fans - DBR
I suppose it must have worked sufficiently well for it to have survived, though?

a bit more googling about, reveals that one of the locomotives is preserved at Towyn, in the Tal-y-Llyn Rail
Topic: For the Narrow Gauge Fans - DBR
derrickman

Forum: Midlands   Posted: 18/02/2009 22:34:45   Subject: For the Narrow Gauge Fans - DBR
I've seen it.. as an exercise in applying maximum weigh to minimum power it even puts Harley-Davidsons and Land Rovers in the shade!
Topic: For the Narrow Gauge Fans - DBR
derrickman

Forum: Midlands   Posted: 18/02/2009 22:18:39   Subject: For the Narrow Gauge Fans - DBR
oh ok, I stand corrected on that, then. The main thing which sticks in my mind about the Guiness railway is those wierd converter wagons so the narrowgauge locos could shunt SG wagons.

the
Topic: For the Narrow Gauge Fans - DBR
derrickman

Forum: Midlands   Posted: 18/02/2009 22:02:19   Subject: For the Narrow Gauge Fans - DBR
I didn't think it was off topic at all. There was no connection between the Ecton mines and the L&MVLR, they were already closed; but the Channel Tunnel was driven using a 30" gauge railway for transp
Topic: Mines/caves near bedfordshire or oxford.
derrickman

Forum: General Chat   Posted: 18/02/2009 21:37:43   Subject: Mines/caves near bedfordshire or oxford.
there was a history of underground chalk mining at Hemel Hempstead and the surrounding area, but if any part of these survive in an accessible condition, I don't know about it.
Topic: For the Narrow Gauge Fans - DBR
derrickman

Forum: Midlands   Posted: 18/02/2009 21:34:39   Subject: For the Narrow Gauge Fans - DBR
Heywood was a fascinating character and an original thinker, but the unfortunate fact is that he was wrong... there were 18" gauge industrial railways in various places ( the Guiness brewery and the L
Topic: Welsh Highland Railway on track for re-opening
derrickman

Forum: Mine Tramways and Railways   Posted: 18/02/2009 21:05:35   Subject: Welsh Highland Railway on track for re-opening
from mention of the various Welsh highland projects, I see it's as shrouded in contradiction and mischief as it ever was.

I've taken a passing interest in this over the years, being just a
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