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Topic: favourite hard hat....
derrickman

Forum: General Chat   Posted: 18/10/2012 02:18:23   Subject: favourite hard hat....
lamps have changed a great deal over the years. Most of all, the increasing popularity of various forms of small, strap-mounted headlamp mean that a lot of industrial and recreational users, no longer
Topic: Wheal Harriett or Dolcoath
derrickman

Forum: General Chat   Posted: 17/10/2012 09:19:19   Subject: Wheal Harriett or Dolcoath
I'd be curious to know how long CORMAC Man has been reading the website.

Apart from the local and historical knowledge there are also members here with considerable professional experience
Topic: Fake Loco (photo)
derrickman

Forum: North West England   Posted: 16/10/2012 11:17:11   Subject: Fake Loco (photo)
ghastly looking thing .....

I remember the Wicksteed Park Baguleys well, having been there quite a few times in my younger days. Didn't realise they were still in use.

I'm no f
Topic: Northants ironstone railways
derrickman

Forum: Midlands   Posted: 12/10/2012 03:35:39   Subject: Northants ironstone railways
I did find this http://www.apack1.co.uk/~apack867/ but it seems to be difficult to find any information about preserved remains of these lines
Topic: Heartlands Project
derrickman

Forum: South West England   Posted: 11/10/2012 17:42:25   Subject: Heartlands Project
bizarrely enough, I've been watching Prem rugby on al-Jazeera Sport 3 every night this week, you can only watch so much Nat Geo

Big Pit also has the key advantage of an underground visit. G
Topic: Heartlands Project
derrickman

Forum: South West England   Posted: 11/10/2012 14:03:12   Subject: Heartlands Project
who ya gonna call?.... Ghost Hunters!!

I don't recall who said "when a man doesn't believe in anything, he believes in everything" and judging by the amount of complete bollox on Channels l
Topic: Firefly or cheap eBay slaves?
derrickman

Forum: Underground Photography & Video   Posted: 11/10/2012 10:55:37   Subject: Firefly or cheap eBay slaves?
is this thread even in English?
Topic: Heartlands Project
derrickman

Forum: South West England   Posted: 11/10/2012 10:53:51   Subject: Heartlands Project
Geevor wasn't dreamed up by the "Heritage" mafia.

It's bleak, windy, remote, the "dry" still hums of old wellies ... apart from the lack of the shattering din and red slop everywhere the m
Topic: Northants ironstone railways
derrickman

Forum: Midlands   Posted: 11/10/2012 09:32:14   Subject: Northants ironstone railways
found this http://www.irsociety.co.uk/Archives/60/Ironstone.htm

I just about saw the last days of these lines, and the scrapping of the trackbeds that followed

more stuff... http
Topic: 2012 Entry Ttxela
derrickman

Forum: The 2012 AditNow Photography Competition   Posted: 11/10/2012 02:32:57   Subject: 2012 Entry Ttxela
riding in overturning buckets like that was common in the tunnelling industry into the early 1980s.... most contractors had a "man riding bucket" consisting of an overturning muck skip with the dodger
Topic: Wheal Harriett or Dolcoath
derrickman

Forum: General Chat   Posted: 11/10/2012 02:26:52   Subject: Wheal Harriett or Dolcoath
[quote="royfellows"]Thinking about it, living in west Midlands isn't that bad.[/quote]

I wouldn't go that far.... I remember working on a drilling rig once, that was engaged in drilling and
Topic: Wheal Harriett or Dolcoath
derrickman

Forum: General Chat   Posted: 10/10/2012 15:43:49   Subject: Wheal Harriett or Dolcoath
regarding remediation by housebuilders, experience at Coombe Down was that practice was typically to collapse any workings within the footprint of the house only, or visible on surface once the topsoi
Topic: Machynlleth
derrickman

Forum: Mid Wales   Posted: 06/10/2012 04:41:58   Subject: Machynlleth
I would think that co-ordinating large numbers of willing but unskilled volunteers across terrain like that, with the river in spate was a distraction the police could well do without.
Topic: advice needed on Bedford united
derrickman

Forum: South West England   Posted: 10/09/2012 19:55:30   Subject: advice needed on Bedford united
I honestly can't remember which one was used at CSM. I have certainly never used one in a work environment. Dragging out Hooper and Winiberg ( 5th Edition, 1966 ) I see no mention of the subject.
Topic: Glebe Mines reopening!
derrickman

Forum: General Chat   Posted: 10/09/2012 17:23:04   Subject: Glebe Mines reopening!
this has been "shop gossip" for some time. The mine was put on "care and maintenance" because it was known to have good reserves if the cost base could be reduced, of course "C&M" covers a wide range
Topic: advice needed on Bedford united
derrickman

Forum: South West England   Posted: 09/09/2012 13:11:24   Subject: advice needed on Bedford united
[quote="Tamarmole"]I've always subscribed to the "nautical practices" theory regarding the use of fathoms. It is also worth noting that other nautical tems such as captain and purser crossed over int
Topic: advice needed on Bedford united
derrickman

Forum: South West England   Posted: 09/09/2012 06:16:07   Subject: advice needed on Bedford united
another reason why chains were only used as a plan measure is that they were, for many years, defined by literal chains http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Gunter's_chain .. this was still taught at CSM as l
Topic: advice needed on Bedford united
derrickman

Forum: South West England   Posted: 08/09/2012 12:51:31   Subject: advice needed on Bedford united
Some of the historic plans at Coombe Down were marked in chains; I suspect this is because they were mainly derived from surface observations between the very numerous shafts and gateways.

Topic: advice needed on Bedford united
derrickman

Forum: South West England   Posted: 07/09/2012 20:27:12   Subject: advice needed on Bedford united
In 1975 or 1976 I went on a trip to Gunnislake organised by Ron Hooper, the then-Head of Surveying at CSM and innumerable other arcane positions as well.

I forget who else went, although J
Topic: earth mover made at Bilston, Staffs
derrickman

Forum: Events   Posted: 03/09/2012 20:02:26   Subject: earth mover made at Bilston, Staffs
Towed scrapers were in common use in the construction industry until the 1960s, and were still to be seen in limited numbers until quite recent times.

They still occasionally appear on pip
Topic: Derbyshire Meet 2012 - 15/16 September
derrickman

Forum: Events   Posted: 09/08/2012 16:32:38   Subject: New event added 'Derbyshire Meet 2012' - now September
would be interested in any non-SRT trips if my dates work out.. getting to the tail end of a busy year offshore.

I don't do SRT and if anyone thinks they can embarrass me by hanging around
Topic: Time Team
derrickman

Forum: North West England   Posted: 28/07/2012 10:54:30   Subject: Time Team
[quote="John_L"]From the bush telegraph - the dig is currently taken place - up past the YHA - with the boys trying to locate an old German coffin level. If they do locate it and enter it no prizes fo
Topic: Best wellies
derrickman

Forum: General Chat   Posted: 28/06/2012 15:32:55   Subject: Best wellies
[quote="staffordshirechina"]Now you come to mention buying wellies, I realise that I have never actually bought a pair in my life.............[/quote]

me neither... oh actually, I do have a
Topic: Engine House restoration
derrickman

Forum: General Chat   Posted: 23/06/2012 03:52:05   Subject: Engine House restoration
amazingly enough, this has been tried http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Electric-steam_locomotive although quite why, I can't imagine. Typical thermal efficiency of large steam locomotives was reckoned to
Topic: New Cooks Kitchen Headgear to be Restored
derrickman

Forum: South West England   Posted: 20/05/2012 23:54:28   Subject: New Cooks Kitchen Headgear to be Restored
It's one of the minor mercies of the offshore oil business, which is where I spend most of my time these days, that no-one is suggesting preserving an offshore platform as a "Heritage site".

Topic: New Cooks Kitchen Headgear to be Restored
derrickman

Forum: South West England   Posted: 20/05/2012 12:15:56   Subject: New Cooks Kitchen Headgear to be Restored
interesting to see the detail about the erection of the North winder. I remember the headframe as it was when I left Cornwall in 1977; I did think it had changed in appearance but wasn't sure why.
Topic: Heartlands Project
derrickman

Forum: South West England   Posted: 05/04/2012 13:53:48   Subject: Heartlands Project
I'd have to agree that the only way to see an engine pumping would be to have it operated via its pitwork, driven in turn by some sort of sufficient flow from adit. It would need a set of pump bodies
Topic: Heartlands Project
derrickman

Forum: South West England   Posted: 04/04/2012 12:56:46   Subject: Heartlands Project
the key problem with any organisation like the RDA is that they primarily exist in order to perpetuate themselves at public expense; they produce nothing and never will.

There is a lot of c
Topic: Heartlands Project
derrickman

Forum: South West England   Posted: 04/04/2012 09:38:53   Subject: Heartlands Project
I'd love to see a Cornish pump actually pumping water, does any pitwork survive in any usable or restorable condition? THAT would be a preserved engine worth seeing, say 20m of stairs down a shaft col
Topic: Heartlands Project
derrickman

Forum: South West England   Posted: 04/04/2012 08:11:40   Subject: Heartlands Project
look at the websites for the various new-build steam locomotive projects. You need primary members with serious money, people like Pete Waterman, and you need hundreds of members paying not insignific
Topic: Heartlands Project
derrickman

Forum: South West England   Posted: 03/04/2012 20:12:05   Subject: Heartlands Project
looking at the scope and scale of the fund-raising needed to carry out major restoration of long-derelict railway locomotives, I'd suspect that the the chances of a major engine being restored to stea
Topic: Heartlands Project
derrickman

Forum: South West England   Posted: 02/04/2012 08:22:16   Subject: Heartlands Project
well, does it work?

Last time I was there ( a trip to the engine house organised by CSM in, I think, 1976 ) we were told that the engine was in the condition it had last worked, but it was
Topic: International Mining games in Cornwall
derrickman

Forum: South West England   Posted: 01/04/2012 15:15:00   Subject: International Mining games in Cornwall
pressure for calculation times? Ron Hooper would approve. :) One thing I learnt, from having actually done surveying using hand booking, is that getting your booking format right is half the battle, a
Topic: Heartlands Project
derrickman

Forum: South West England   Posted: 01/04/2012 09:45:03   Subject: Heartlands Project
I have to admit that I'm no fan of Camborne and never was; but the actual driving centre of the local economy tends to be a bit of a dump, because work gets done there and work isn't usually pretty. W
Topic: International Mining games in Cornwall
derrickman

Forum: South West England   Posted: 31/03/2012 11:36:55   Subject: International Mining games in Cornwall
interesting to see that vernier theodolites of a type no different from those I used at CSM are still in production in India http://www.tradeindia.com/fp199726/Transit-Vernier-Theodolite.html

Topic: Duncans shaft
derrickman

Forum: South West England   Posted: 31/03/2012 05:28:48   Subject: Duncans shaft
[quote="spitfire"]There has never been a viaduct across the Brea/Tuckingmill valley. The embankment was built by the Hayle Railway in 1834 and was widened in future years to accommodate the broad gaug
Topic: Mining term: Manchester Gate
derrickman

Forum: General Chat   Posted: 30/03/2012 10:16:17   Subject: Mining term: Manchester Gate
there is another variant of the Warwick gate sometimes seen in segmental tunnels, where there is room under the tracks and the available diameter is wide at track level relative to the tracks.
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Topic: singer on BBC this morning
derrickman

Forum: General Chat   Posted: 27/03/2012 09:13:38   Subject: singer on BBC this morning
some singer I didn't recognise on BBC this morning, talking about recording in "a tin mine" complete with a short video clip which was apparently filmed in the workshop at Morwellham Quay
Topic: Sealed - Church Mine North
derrickman

Forum: Midlands   Posted: 25/03/2012 08:52:50   Subject: Sealed - Church Mine North
on the whole I'm glad we don't have the American attitude to "heritage" here. One thing for sure is that free access would become $20 access overnight, then cancelled in favour of an animatronic prese
Topic: Tony Jarratt visits Doe Lea drift
derrickman

Forum: Midlands   Posted: 21/03/2012 17:51:54   Subject: Tony Jarratt visits Doe Lea drift
I drove past that junction yesterday, as it happens, but didn't have time to stop and look...
Topic: DAW MILL TO CLOSE
derrickman

Forum: Midlands   Posted: 17/03/2012 14:08:53   Subject: DAW MILL TO CLOSE
they certainly have a record which can charitably be described as "making best use of existing resources"
Topic: DAW MILL TO CLOSE
derrickman

Forum: Midlands   Posted: 17/03/2012 09:21:37   Subject: DAW MILL TO CLOSE
BBC here http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-england-coventry-warwickshire-17363969
Topic: Superstitions in mines
derrickman

Forum: Midlands   Posted: 16/03/2012 07:49:12   Subject: Superstitions in mines
I'd always understood a fathom to be an Old English term based upon the distance between the fingertips of a man's outstretched arms.

Like a foot is a Roman centurion's foot, an inch is th
Topic: Superstitions in mines
derrickman

Forum: Midlands   Posted: 16/03/2012 07:49:12   Subject: Superstitions in mines
I'd always understood a fathom to be an Old English term based upon the distance between the fingertips of a man's outstretched arms.

Like a foot is a Roman centurion's foot, an inch is th
Topic: Milwr Tunnel Hydro Electric Proposal
derrickman

Forum: North Wales   Posted: 13/03/2012 17:25:44   Subject: Milwr Tunnel Hydro Electric Proposal
the main problem with any "green" energy scheme in the UK ( because hydroelectric generators work very well in the Scandinavian countries where the geography suits them ) is that they produce small am
Topic: Kiruna Iron Mine
derrickman

Forum: Europe   Posted: 06/03/2012 11:03:41   Subject: Kiruna Iron Mine
I went there on a visit arranged by my employers-of-the-moment when I was working in the area, very impressive
Topic: Low flat - east end of hard Crosscut (photo)
derrickman

Forum: North East England   Posted: 02/03/2012 17:06:18   Subject: Low flat - east end of hard Crosscut (photo)
[quote="John Lawson"]Hi Derrickman,
If you read about the VM. plant at Nenthead you will quickly realise they had no compressed air capacity! They compressed the air hydraulically and any spare w
Topic: Low flat - east end of hard Crosscut (photo)
derrickman

Forum: North East England   Posted: 01/03/2012 18:04:28   Subject: Low flat - east end of hard Crosscut (photo)
compressed air locos were widely used in mining and tunnelling in the US and Germany, but were superseded by electric ones as the technology improved.

They have quite significant limitatio
Topic: Low flat - east end of hard Crosscut (photo)
derrickman

Forum: North East England   Posted: 01/03/2012 08:41:05   Subject: Low flat - east end of hard Crosscut (photo)
I've never seen a photo, or even a drawing, of a "hydroleum" locomotive but there is some correspondence on the subject here http://www.irsociety.co.uk/Archives/51/Letters%2051.htm
Topic: going up Camborne Hill, one of them, anyway..
derrickman

Forum: South West England   Posted: 29/02/2012 21:50:53   Subject: going up Camborne Hill, one of them, anyway..
I lived in Fore Street in my first year and must have walked past that plaque any number of times and i have no recollection of it at all!
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