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Topic: Wanted - Speleo Technics FX-LED
John Lawson

Forum: For Sale! (and wanted / for swap)   Posted: 29/08/2017 19:42:15   Subject: Wanted - Speleo Technics FX-LED
These stick on plastic brackets, seem pretty robust, and certainly have not noticed any problems with them on the Centurion.
Fundamentally if they are pressure bonded to the helmet, then they sho
Topic: Wanted - Speleo Technics FX-LED
John Lawson

Forum: For Sale! (and wanted / for swap)   Posted: 28/08/2017 19:28:54   Subject: Wanted - Speleo Technics FX-LED
Roy, not sure what you are suggesting by stating that you cannot buy helmets fitted with brackets!
Bought a couple of Centurion helmets late last year and came fitted with standard brackets!
Topic: Lithium added to mineral list
John Lawson

Forum: Site Updates, Suggestions & Corrections   Posted: 22/08/2017 19:32:36   Subject: Lithium added to mineral list
Hi Simon,
In spite of the sceptical response to your suggestion, there has been several trials for Lepidiolite in the East side of the Irish Republic.
In fact if my memory serves me correctl
Topic: Box Freestone Quarry Limestone Mine (mine)
John Lawson

Forum: South West England   Posted: 18/08/2017 20:45:22   Subject: Box Freestone Quarry Limestone Mine (mine)
Thanks for the info Peter. As I do not frequent the Darkness below site was completely unaware, of your efforts.
Perhaps, some one in your group could suggest that this less accommodating attitud
Topic: Sensitive sites and discretion
John Lawson

Forum: General Chat   Posted: 17/08/2017 19:47:39   Subject: Sensitive sites and discretion
Have always assumed that most of us have hidden gems!
It has always been the case.
These guys have been either told about these places or some one takes them there.
Presumably these guy
Topic: More than 3,000 stuck in SA mine
John Lawson

Forum: South Africa   Posted: 17/08/2017 19:39:29   Subject: More than 3,000 stuck in SA mine
Thanks Simon for posting this up.
I understood that refrigerated air had to be pumped down to these deep levels.
Presumably this packed up when the steel tube cut the power cables.
Have
Topic: Box Freestone Quarry Limestone Mine (mine)
John Lawson

Forum: South West England   Posted: 16/08/2017 19:25:04   Subject: Box Freestone Quarry Limestone Mine (mine)
Thanks guys clearly I had missed a bit!
Not knowing this area, I would have hoped that a local club, would have tried to negotiate access arrangements, with presumably Hanson?
Somebody needs
Topic: Box Freestone Quarry Limestone Mine (mine)
John Lawson

Forum: South West England   Posted: 14/08/2017 19:27:31   Subject: Box Freestone Quarry Limestone Mine (mine)
I notice in the latest N.M.R.S. newsletter photographs of various entrances to this stone mine being sealed with substantial steel tubing.
This is being carried out by Hanson, as a direct result
Topic: Explosion and collapse in Indian coal mine.
John Lawson

Forum: Rest of World   Posted: 10/08/2017 19:06:15   Subject: Explosion and collapse in Indian coal mine.
Thanks for this update.
Did not see any evidence of the usual cop out offered by the Indians, which is: It is all the fault of the British.
My eldest son is trying to set up a laboratory in
Topic: Police - recovered stolen miners lamp
John Lawson

Forum: General Chat   Posted: 09/08/2017 19:12:40   Subject: Police - recovered stolen miners lamp
Somewhat interesting that thieves now know that miner's safety lamps are worth stealing!
All of us who have any, better just take suitable precautions!
Topic: IS Tunnels
John Lawson

Forum: General Chat   Posted: 04/08/2017 20:52:14   Subject: IS Tunnels
IS were just copying what the North Vietnamese did in south Vietnam.
That defeated the USA!
However in the Middle East we have the Kurds and others who are hell bent on revenge!
You alw
Topic: The Fellows Ladder
John Lawson

Forum: General Chat   Posted: 04/07/2017 22:24:47   Subject: The Fellows Ladder
Jim,
Just to reinforce what Roy posted on electron ladders !
I used one in Greenlaws, half way down a 30ft pitch and the ladder, wire broke on one side!
I managed to go down it and clim
Topic: The Fellows Ladder
John Lawson

Forum: General Chat   Posted: 04/07/2017 19:12:08   Subject: The Fellows Ladder
Hi Mark & Roy,
Firstly thanks Mark for the pictures of Boggs Shaft(spelling of which seems to vary depending on which plan you look at.)
Glad to learn that Robert's ladders are still in use
Topic: The Fellows Ladder
John Lawson

Forum: General Chat   Posted: 01/07/2017 20:43:35   Subject: The Fellows Ladder
Roy & gNick,
Your ladder looks not dissimilar to the welded ladders made by our friend, the engineer, behind the West Pasture entrance, Robert Bunting.
He knocked up a fair number of these l
Topic: *****West Pastures Mine*******
John Lawson

Forum: North East England   Posted: 17/06/2017 19:37:31   Subject: *****West Pastures Mine*******
As you say the original bolt was so worn as to useless.
When I refitted the bolts and angled pieces, the bolts you mentioned had disappeared and so the steel door was not locked.
I felt it
Topic: *****West Pastures Mine*******
John Lawson

Forum: North East England   Posted: 16/06/2017 20:22:37   Subject: *****West Pastures Mine*******
Thanks for the update.
My guess is nuts were used to upgrade the defunct bolt put in the guy who rebuilt the entrance, Robert Bunting, sometime around 17 years ago!
On one occasion late last
Topic: smallcleugh
John Lawson

Forum: General Chat   Posted: 12/06/2017 19:09:12   Subject: smallcleugh
It really is a return to the early 70's.
At the junction, of Second Sun Vein, with Smallcleugh Cross vein, it was always the leaders, job to clear a way through the debris which inevitably had co
Topic: smallcleugh
John Lawson

Forum: General Chat   Posted: 09/06/2017 20:34:40   Subject: smallcleugh
All depends on your sensitivity!
In your case, Roy I will make no comment.
Topic: smallcleugh
John Lawson

Forum: General Chat   Posted: 08/06/2017 19:12:48   Subject: smallcleugh
Legend rider, the reason it is called M.E.G. is simple, you can get this compound to join to itself, many times, so you can get di, tri, tetra, etc.
I can only assume that glycol, which is toxic
Topic: Barras End Mine Caverns
John Lawson

Forum: North East England   Posted: 07/06/2017 08:40:53   Subject: Barras End Mine Caverns
Chris,
I remember when the Hudgill Caverns were "blocked", off never to be entered again.
It just depends on what you are prepared to do!
Topic: smallcleugh
John Lawson

Forum: General Chat   Posted: 07/06/2017 08:38:50   Subject: smallcleugh
Nick, you Might be able to push it through on the main level, rather than dragging it through Hethers!
It is years since I went directly up the main level, and it was tight then, and with the mov
Topic: smallcleugh
John Lawson

Forum: General Chat   Posted: 06/06/2017 19:19:44   Subject: smallcleugh
This area of Second Sun Vein has been on the move for years!
Almost the whole length from Cow Hill Cross Vein, to junction with Smallcleugh Vein at Gypsum Corner.
I noted that the actual gin
Topic: Barras End Mine Caverns
John Lawson

Forum: North East England   Posted: 05/06/2017 19:40:18   Subject: Barras End Mine Caverns
The caverns are shown on the A.D. abandonment plans, they look both extensive and interesting.
We dug the falls in Barras End low level when I first became interested in this mining area, some 50
Topic: Skears Firestone (circa 1970/71) (photo)
John Lawson

Forum: North East England   Posted: 04/06/2017 20:52:39   Subject: Skears Firestone (circa 1970/71) (photo)
hi Jim,
This is a pretty old photo.
When I first met your Dad, John McNeil quizzed him about the mine.
As I knew nothing about the Skears, it meant little to me, then, but this comment
Topic: Bradford Colliery (photo)
John Lawson

Forum: North West England   Posted: 03/06/2017 21:43:40   Subject: Bradford Colliery (photo)
hi Chris,
Thanks for posting this one up.
It brings back times when I lived close by to the pit.
If memory serves me correctly when it was closed, there was still a lot of coal left in
Topic: Bridge over flooded sump (photo)
John Lawson

Forum: Scotland   Posted: 29/05/2017 19:37:50   Subject: Bridge over flooded sump (photo)
Roy,
Obviously great minds, think alike!
Topic: Bridge over flooded sump (photo)
John Lawson

Forum: Scotland   Posted: 29/05/2017 19:14:14   Subject: Bridge over flooded sump (photo)
This adit which was dug out by us, is a lower one than the other shown previously.
One of our group has carried out historical research, which shows that it had not been entered since the late 17
Topic: Lochaline Silica Mine
John Lawson

Forum: Scotland   Posted: 24/05/2017 19:20:38   Subject: Lochaline Silica Mine
Noticed in yesterday's Times an encouraging snippet on this mine.
Apparently £ 1 million is to be invested in upgrading the mine's facilities.
It is a joint venture between an Italian compan
Topic: Hello to all
John Lawson

Forum: New recruits!   Posted: 17/05/2017 20:00:07   Subject: Hello to all
Hi Steve,
Do not be so dispondant,
We achieved a lot at Airthrie Hill mine at Bridge of Allan, have a careful look, even I have yet to see it all!
Topic: Thievery
John Lawson

Forum: General Chat   Posted: 16/05/2017 19:32:56   Subject: Thievery
I remember this corner well, having slept in my car in the lay by, on the left, towards Alston, on a couple of occasions.
One of our friends, left the keys in his car on this bend, went off for a
Topic: Caplecleugh Low Level, Nenthead
John Lawson

Forum: North West England   Posted: 12/05/2017 20:25:26   Subject: Caplecleugh Low Level, Nenthead
Mark I can certainly assure you the foot damage, caused by the stupid fall on the manhole cover, was definitely not psychological!
It took 6 months to heal up!
Topic: Anglezarke Lead Mine (mine)
John Lawson

Forum: North East England   Posted: 04/05/2017 20:00:37   Subject: Anglezarke Lead Mine (mine)
Most important contribution from this mine is that Dr. Withering, first observed witherite,here.
As such it is the type locality for this mineral.
It is some 50 years since I was here.
Topic: Long Rake
John Lawson

Forum: General Chat   Posted: 04/05/2017 19:50:28   Subject: Long Rake
No doubt there will always be a market for rough cast.
Except in the east Long Rake has been well known for calcite production.
Even in the Highlands, some of the clippings from marble quarr
Topic: Long Rake
John Lawson

Forum: General Chat   Posted: 30/04/2017 21:15:14   Subject: Long Rake
Maybe you guys in Derbyshire may have to challenge it!
This mine has been closed for years, and mine explorers have been in and out, presumably without hinderence for nearly as long, making it a
Topic: Most embarassing moment underground....
John Lawson

Forum: General Chat   Posted: 30/04/2017 10:00:04   Subject: Most embarassing moment underground....
My worst moment underground took place exactly 25 years ago!
We were exploring part of Middelceugh North Vein, looking for the connection(s) with Capelcleugh at Smallcleugh random.
The part
Topic: Wittenoom - Australia blue asbestos mining
John Lawson

Forum: Australasia   Posted: 21/04/2017 20:38:36   Subject: Wittenoom - Australia blue asbestos mining
One can only commiserate with the poor miners who were kept in ignorance, of what they were actually doing. i.e. shortening their lives by a considerable amount.
I remember as a young lad in the
Topic: Interesting historical mining site
John Lawson

Forum: General Chat   Posted: 18/04/2017 19:14:20   Subject: Interesting historical mining site
Having checked this mining site which shows how copper nuggets may be removed I cannot imagine any resulting alteration,of the mineralogy or geology of the passageways by these actions. Nowhere can I
Topic: Interesting historical mining site
John Lawson

Forum: General Chat   Posted: 17/04/2017 19:24:01   Subject: Interesting historical mining site
Thanks for putting up this site for us.
I for one did not realise that they were at least 80 different carbide, head lamp makes.
I think Jimbo, whilst he has a point, it does not seem to
Topic: Caplecelugh High Level Link.
John Lawson

Forum: North West England   Posted: 12/04/2017 19:41:50   Subject: Caplecelugh High Level Link.
Thanks for the info Roy, normally, these days on public holidays, we tend to stay in Scotland, and this weekend will be no exception.
Naturally glad to hear that you are at least letting someone
Topic: Caplecelugh High Level Link.
John Lawson

Forum: North West England   Posted: 11/04/2017 19:49:16   Subject: Caplecelugh High Level Link.
Roy I always admire your tenacity and undoubted skill, but as someone who has been in a lot of the areas you mention, I sincerely hope that you tell someone where you are going on these solo trips?
Topic: Caplecelugh High Level Link.
John Lawson

Forum: North West England   Posted: 10/04/2017 19:21:43   Subject: Caplecelugh High Level Link.
Congratulations on your work in CHL.
Agree with the suggestion that explorations in this mine will always, be treated with a great deal of respect!
The water is deep, filled with crocodiles
Topic: Caplecelugh High Level Link.
John Lawson

Forum: North West England   Posted: 10/04/2017 19:21:41   Subject: Caplecelugh High Level Link.
Congratulations on your work in CHL.
Agree with the suggestion that explorations in this mine will always, be treated with a great deal of respect!
The water is deep, filled with crocodiles
Topic: Ivor Brown
John Lawson

Forum: General Chat   Posted: 06/04/2017 08:03:41   Subject: Ivor Brown
Very sad news indeed.
I have known Ivor for many years, and his interest in Shropshire mining was extremely important in the setting up of the Shropshire mining group.
Topic: Remaining Mining Contractors
John Lawson

Forum: General Chat   Posted: 04/04/2017 21:02:20   Subject: Remaining Mining Contractors
Priority Drilling I believe are still around.
They are based at Killimore in the Irish Republic.They have carried out lots of drilling there and I believe are still on contract at Tara mine.
Topic: Remaining Mining Contractors
John Lawson

Forum: General Chat   Posted: 04/04/2017 21:01:59   Subject: Remaining Mining Contractors
Priority Drilling I believe are still around.
They are based at Killimore in the Irish Republic.They have carried out lots of drilling there and I believe are still on contract at Tara mine.
Topic: Remaining Mining Contractors
John Lawson

Forum: General Chat   Posted: 04/04/2017 21:01:50   Subject: Remaining Mining Contractors
Priority Drilling I believe are still around.
They are based at Killimore in the Irish Republic.They have carried out lots of drilling there and I believe are still on contract at Tara mine.
Topic: New Video : UK Abandoned Lead Mine Explore : Crawling to Barons & Ballroom Football @ Smallcleugh : Nenthead
John Lawson

Forum: North East England   Posted: 29/03/2017 19:33:16   Subject: New Video : UK Abandoned Lead Mine Explore : Crawling to Barons & Ballroom Football @ Smallcleugh : Nenthead
I must say that the dog did not have either a helmet or a light!
When I first visited Blackdene mine, the horses there had lights, but again no helmets.
Topic: Preserving memories
John Lawson

Forum: General Chat   Posted: 27/03/2017 21:01:42   Subject: Preserving memories
Staffordshire China,
I bought my first working miner's lamp and in a pub, in Stoney Middleton, some 50 years ago.
I also know that lots of spar has been sold in pubs, hence my comment.
Topic: New Video : UK Abandoned Lead Mine Explore : Crawling to Barons & Ballroom Football @ Smallcleugh : Nenthead
John Lawson

Forum: North East England   Posted: 27/03/2017 19:50:03   Subject: New Video : UK Abandoned Lead Mine Explore : Crawling to Barons & Ballroom Football @ Smallcleugh : Nenthead
Hi it certainly will not be the first time a football match has been played in the Ballroom Flat!
On one occasion Robert and I were in there to see, a football match in place, which had a dog on
Topic: Preserving memories
John Lawson

Forum: General Chat   Posted: 27/03/2017 19:30:26   Subject: Preserving memories
As you might be aware, with this in mind I wrote a small article which was posted here, and then appeared in print called Smallcleugh mining History.
Naturally it could not dot every eye nor cros
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