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Posts by Peter Burgess

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Topic: Oliver Cromwell on Mainline... 09/05/09
Peter Burgess

Forum: General Chat   Posted: 09/05/2009 22:20:31   Subject: Oliver Cromwell on Mainline... 09/05/09
Hmmm.... Try the details (under more info) posted on this genuine footage of real trains (none of your restored, renovated, nicely polished and painted stuff you get nowadays).

[url]http://
Topic: Penwyllt research
Peter Burgess

Forum: South Wales   Posted: 08/05/2009 15:38:36   Subject: Penwyllt research
From what I can gather, the NG incline route was initiated in around 1903, and the zig-zag route went out of use as a result. The NG route is pretty well documented, with some good illustrations and i
Topic: Penwyllt research
Peter Burgess

Forum: South Wales   Posted: 08/05/2009 15:05:06   Subject: Penwyllt research
I have a copy of Hughes. It says little about post BFT infrastructure. Its an excellent field guide for the BFT.

I'll check the IRS website. Thanks.


Topic: Language Help Request - Welsh
Peter Burgess

Forum: South Wales   Posted: 08/05/2009 14:34:51   Subject: Language Help Request - Welsh
[url]http://www.websters-dictionary-online.org/translation/Welsh/gwyllt[/url]

This says gwyllt means wild. :confused:
Topic: Language Help Request - Welsh
Peter Burgess

Forum: South Wales   Posted: 08/05/2009 14:24:42   Subject: Language Help Request - Welsh
Interesting - high point or high place would make sense - the place is like an 'alp'.

I have read that wyllt is 'wild'.

It certainly is a wild place when the wind gets up!
Topic: Language Help Request - Welsh
Peter Burgess

Forum: South Wales   Posted: 08/05/2009 13:43:09   Subject: Language Help Request - Welsh
Pen = head

But I also have a question for those who know such things.

As per another topic, I am studying the Penwyllt area in South Wales at the moment.

The word pen
Topic: A Reminder
Peter Burgess

Forum: North West England   Posted: 07/05/2009 22:47:39   Subject: A Reminder
This discussion seems to have ended up in North West England for some reason....
Topic: A Reminder
Peter Burgess

Forum: North West England   Posted: 07/05/2009 15:35:04   Subject: A Reminder
Don't let whoever did this inscription removal loose at Pompeii - they'd have field day removing all the 1st century casual scribblings. It might have been an over-zealous contractor, not necessarily
Topic: Penwyllt research
Peter Burgess

Forum: South Wales   Posted: 07/05/2009 09:58:21   Subject: Penwyllt research
I hade a look at old-maps and none of them showed the zig-zags, which surprised me. The later maps showed the incline route, but only in its original form, and not the later one (which was slightly di
Topic: Penwyllt research
Peter Burgess

Forum: South Wales   Posted: 06/05/2009 23:37:00   Subject: Penwyllt research
Thanks everyone. I have spent much time chatting to SWCC members over the weekend and I was allowed to look through the library. Yes, I am aware of the links posted but thanks anyway. I agree about it
Topic: Penwyllt research
Peter Burgess

Forum: South Wales   Posted: 06/05/2009 17:49:48   Subject: Penwyllt research
I spent a fantastic weekend walking the hills around Penwyllt at the head of the Swansea valley. I was collecting photos of evidence of the various industrial activities in the area, and ended up thin
Topic: South Crofty Spring 2009
Peter Burgess

Forum: South West England   Posted: 05/05/2009 22:50:42   Subject: South Crofty Spring 2009
Boy Engineer - I'm with you. That stupid little saying about those who can, do, etc etc. is something trotted out by those who think they are being smart when in reality they are often too lazy to thi
Topic: Weather forecast web sites
Peter Burgess

Forum: General Chat   Posted: 30/04/2009 15:18:52   Subject: Weather forecast web sites
I use the Met Office site quite a bit for immediate forecasting - especially the rainfall radar page which can give a good idea of what is just over the horizon and making a beeline for you.
Topic: Weather forecast web sites
Peter Burgess

Forum: General Chat   Posted: 30/04/2009 14:49:19   Subject: Weather forecast web sites
As the majority of the weather forecasts derive from the Met Office anyway, why not look at their site direct?

[url]http://www.meto.gov.uk[/url]

[tweak]Link fixed[/tweak]
Topic: How to dig a slate mine?
Peter Burgess

Forum: North Wales   Posted: 30/04/2009 11:56:59   Subject: How to dig a slate mine?
Some smart Alec is now busy working out the ratio for diamond extraction......
Topic: How to dig a slate mine?
Peter Burgess

Forum: North Wales   Posted: 30/04/2009 11:14:46   Subject: How to dig a slate mine?
[quote="Vanoord"]To be fair, the extraction ratio for gold is absolutely terrible - a couple of ounces per tonne if I recall correctly?

[/quote]Well, I did qualify my claim with the words "
Topic: Cwmorthin book (Isherwood)
Peter Burgess

Forum: North Wales   Posted: 30/04/2009 09:54:24   Subject: Cwmorthin book (Isherwood)
I half heard on BBC R4 an article about digital printing. From what I did hear, it seems that the concept of buying a freshly printed book on the High Street might be on the horizon. Books are made av
Topic: How to dig a slate mine?
Peter Burgess

Forum: North Wales   Posted: 30/04/2009 09:46:57   Subject: How to dig a slate mine?
I think the extraction ratio for a number of non-metalliferous materials is quite similar - china clay and granite to name but two.
Topic: How to dig a slate mine?
Peter Burgess

Forum: North Wales   Posted: 30/04/2009 09:32:22   Subject: How to dig a slate mine?
Regarding waste, I was alway under the impression that 90 percent of the rock removed is not good enough for splitting for quality slating material, so it has to be dumped.
Topic: Cwmorthin book (Isherwood)
Peter Burgess

Forum: North Wales   Posted: 26/04/2009 22:24:21   Subject: Cwmorthin book (Isherwood)
Yes - easy-peasy [u]IF[/u] it already exists as a PDF or Word document. Paper quality is so-so however, unless several hundred are ordered in bulk. The Snailbeach Lead Mine book was published by me vi
Topic: Mining and quarrying archaeology
Peter Burgess

Forum: Events   Posted: 24/04/2009 12:00:59   Subject: Mining and quarrying archaeology
Kevin and Peter might not thank you for posting email addresses, for naughty people to harvet and use for spam. They should be edited to read [at] or {at] or similar instead of @

Topic: Didn't we have a lovely time - Colliery Day Trips
Peter Burgess

Forum: General Chat   Posted: 23/04/2009 11:30:16   Subject: Didn't we have a lovely time - Colliery Day Trips
Maybe there is a way to categorise the size and significance of a mine, by answering the following:

If you had to organise a day at the beach for the workforce would you hire

a)
Topic: Data Base 'identify as'
Peter Burgess

Forum: General Chat   Posted: 22/04/2009 18:21:30   Subject: Data Base 'identify as'
Things can look pretty weird at the moment with titles like "Fred's Other Rock Mine" ! So let's not try to be too clever and just have railway, tramway, canal etc.

Imagine "Fred's Other Roc
Topic: Data Base 'identify as'
Peter Burgess

Forum: General Chat   Posted: 22/04/2009 12:49:03   Subject: Data Base 'identify as'
[quote="spitfire"]I think China clay pit & China stone pits should be included.
We should remember that china clay is second only to North Sea oil in respects of exports. The inclusion of transpo
Topic: Data Base 'identify as'
Peter Burgess

Forum: General Chat   Posted: 22/04/2009 11:56:23   Subject: Data Base 'identify as'
Canal? Or should we have "Transport Feature" to cover all? I appreciate there are few mining specific canals - Tavistock comes to mind.
Topic: Engine Houses - And Clocks?
Peter Burgess

Forum: General Chat   Posted: 19/04/2009 13:14:51   Subject: Engine Houses - And Clocks?
Jack Trounson's "Mining in Cornwall - vol. 1" photo no. 107 shows an engine house at Wheal Agar (90in engine) complete with clock. The photo also features on the front cover of the book.
Topic: First steam engine USA
Peter Burgess

Forum: North America   Posted: 18/04/2009 19:49:05   Subject: First steam engine USA
The little drawing in the top right seems to be a vehicle with both wheels and a paddle wheel at the back. Very odd. Maybe a hybrid canal steam boat/rail or road locomotive?
Topic: First steam engine USA
Peter Burgess

Forum: North America   Posted: 18/04/2009 19:13:29   Subject: First steam engine USA
Do you know what it was used for? I can't read the small print.
Topic: Essential Reading Project
Peter Burgess

Forum: General Chat   Posted: 17/04/2009 14:15:45   Subject: Essential Reading Project
Cornish Mining (2nd Ed)
Cornwall
Bryan Earl
Publ: Cornish Hillside Publications
ISBN 0951941933

An excellent and thorough introduction to mining techniques used in Cornw
Topic: Damage in Smallcleugh
Peter Burgess

Forum: General Chat   Posted: 17/04/2009 10:26:31   Subject: Damage in Smallcleugh
Though not mine-related, the Fairy Cave Quarry (Somerset) story is a text-book example of how commercial considerations were voluntarily set aside in the interests of conservation. Before the quarry c
Topic: Museum List Project
Peter Burgess

Forum: General Chat   Posted: 16/04/2009 19:31:40   Subject: Museum List Project
Reigate Caves
Reigate
Surrey
enquiries(at}wcms.org.uk
[url]http://www.wcms.org.uk/pages/club/reigate_caves.shtml#dates[/url]
The caves in Reigate are open four times a year. T
Topic: Damage in Smallcleugh
Peter Burgess

Forum: General Chat   Posted: 16/04/2009 19:21:33   Subject: Damage in Smallcleugh
That's exactly how the situation was misunderstood when it came up as I described. Minerat has done the same thing. What you do as an amateur exploring old mines is entirely your business provided you
Topic: Essential Reading Project
Peter Burgess

Forum: General Chat   Posted: 16/04/2009 19:16:33   Subject: Essential Reading Project
East Surrey Underground
Surrey - mines and tunnels
Peter Burgess
Peter Burgess
no ISBN
in print
£10.50 INC p+p
[url]http://www.wcms.org.uk/pages/esu_book_sale_nov200
Topic: Essential Reading Project
Peter Burgess

Forum: General Chat   Posted: 16/04/2009 19:12:47   Subject: Essential Reading Project
Kent and East Sussex Underground
Kent/East Sussex - mines and tunnels
Kent Underground Research Group
Meresborough Books
Out of print
£5.95
[url]http://www.moorebooks.co.
Topic: Essential Reading Project
Peter Burgess

Forum: General Chat   Posted: 16/04/2009 18:59:08   Subject: Essential Reading Project
Should this topic encompass essential reading that is specific to a region, as well as general mine exploration/history?
Topic: New forum area - Member Projects
Peter Burgess

Forum: Member Projects   Posted: 16/04/2009 18:56:44   Subject: New forum area - Member Projects
Thank you for that. I can see such a section proving very useful.
Topic: Damage in Smallcleugh
Peter Burgess

Forum: General Chat   Posted: 16/04/2009 18:53:15   Subject: Damage in Smallcleugh
[quote="Level1"][quote="TimH"]Details of the Smallcleugh SSSI are on Natural England's website - [url]http://www.english-nature.org.uk/special/sssi/sssi_details.cfm?sssi_id=1005631[/url]

Am
Topic: Reflections on the Data Base
Peter Burgess

Forum: General Chat   Posted: 16/04/2009 14:50:31   Subject: Reflections on the Data Base
"As if this crop was not sufficient to confuse investors,....."

It seems the original aim to confuse has succeeded, although not in any way as originally intended! :lol:
Topic: Damage in Smallcleugh
Peter Burgess

Forum: General Chat   Posted: 16/04/2009 11:54:59   Subject: Damage in Smallcleugh
It might also be a good idea to recognise in any policy the possible consequences of what might be considered innocent actions.

Although related to caves rather than mines, I can relate a s
Topic: Damage in Smallcleugh
Peter Burgess

Forum: General Chat   Posted: 14/04/2009 20:50:04   Subject: Damage in Smallcleugh
I'd be very happy with a Reliant Robin - at least nobody is likely to nick it, unlike a Porsche. We nicknamed the one a work colleague had many years ago "The Bouncing Turd".
Topic: Damage in Smallcleugh
Peter Burgess

Forum: General Chat   Posted: 14/04/2009 19:27:40   Subject: Damage in Smallcleugh
Now I'll tell you my take on this subject.

I used to collect fossils and minerals when a teenager. I still have several drawers stuffed away in a shed. I probably haven't got any of them ou
Topic: Damage in Smallcleugh
Peter Burgess

Forum: General Chat   Posted: 14/04/2009 19:14:35   Subject: Damage in Smallcleugh
Hooray. Some intelligent thinking. Finally.
Topic: Damage in Smallcleugh
Peter Burgess

Forum: General Chat   Posted: 14/04/2009 18:28:17   Subject: Damage in Smallcleugh
[quote="Peter Burgess"]
[quote]15. Collect enough specimens for your own needs only and NEVER collect for commercial gain.
[/quote]

I would be interested in a definition of "for
Topic: Damage in Smallcleugh
Peter Burgess

Forum: General Chat   Posted: 14/04/2009 15:41:33   Subject: Damage in Smallcleugh

[quote]15. Collect enough specimens for your own needs only and NEVER collect for commercial gain.
[/quote]

I would be interested in a definition of "for your own needs".
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Topic: Damage in Smallcleugh
Peter Burgess

Forum: General Chat   Posted: 14/04/2009 13:25:34   Subject: Damage in Smallcleugh
Whenever we remove anything from any place, whether mine, quarry, historic landscape feature, area of natural interest, we should just ask one simple question of ourselves:

Am I confident a
Topic: 1970-1971 Training film
Peter Burgess

Forum: Midlands   Posted: 26/03/2009 23:22:22   Subject: 1970-1971 Training film
A lot of the NCB training was done in the Durham coalfield, so my work colleague tells me who used to work there.

This YouTube collection includes a number of NCB training films from the 19
Topic: 1970-1971 Training film
Peter Burgess

Forum: Midlands   Posted: 26/03/2009 23:10:15   Subject: 1970-1971 Training film
Do you mean the NCB, by any chance?
Topic: Wealden iron
Peter Burgess

Forum: South East England   Posted: 22/03/2009 21:41:35   Subject: Wealden iron
There are many, many bloomery sites identified throughout the Weald. Here is a film of a recent reconstruction. I love that rhythm!

[url]http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KP4DjM3jBsw[/url]
Topic: Wealden iron
Peter Burgess

Forum: South East England   Posted: 20/03/2009 09:08:36   Subject: Wealden iron
It seems that a lot of Roman slag was taken away in the 19th century and used for nothing more useful than road surfacing.
Topic: Wealden iron
Peter Burgess

Forum: South East England   Posted: 20/03/2009 08:45:59   Subject: Wealden iron
That might explain why I have not found mention of many minepits in the area north of Hastings where there are several furnaces.
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