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Topic: Filming Opportunity- HELP AND ADVICE WANTED!!
derrickman

Forum: General Chat   Posted: 14/06/2011 06:41:38   Subject: Filming Opportunity- HELP AND ADVICE WANTED!!
since you don't actually say WHAT your subject is, I'm assuming that it's "media studies" or something of the sort.

I see MS graduates from time to time ( they sometimes turn up as CAD or
Topic: favourite hard hat....
derrickman

Forum: General Chat   Posted: 13/06/2011 17:41:38   Subject: favourite hard hat....
Centurion appear to have discontinued their miners' hard hat. The MSA ones at Combe Down came from S Africa. The full brim ones were bought in batched from Oz.

I did find this http://www.ca
Topic: Filming Opportunity- HELP AND ADVICE WANTED!!
derrickman

Forum: General Chat   Posted: 13/06/2011 17:16:46   Subject: Filming Opportunity- HELP AND ADVICE WANTED!!
Strewth..... :surrender:
Topic: favourite hard hat....
derrickman

Forum: General Chat   Posted: 13/06/2011 15:05:27   Subject: favourite hard hat....
FWIW , I usually wear a full-brim for shade. The extra shade plus the way they catch slight breezes really makes a difference.

They are a great if you are working under drips - when I was
Topic: Filming Opportunity- HELP AND ADVICE WANTED!!
derrickman

Forum: General Chat   Posted: 13/06/2011 14:43:52   Subject: Filming Opportunity- HELP AND ADVICE WANTED!!
a few obvious questions..

what are you studying?

what sort of context and plot? "Miner/explorer" is pretty vague.

what sort of locations are you looking for?
Topic: favourite hard hat....
derrickman

Forum: General Chat   Posted: 13/06/2011 06:58:31   Subject: favourite hard hat....
got a new best friend.. venitex hard hat http://cgi.ebay.co.uk/ws/eBayISAPI.dll?ViewItem&item=140346428287

best-fitting hat I've ever had. Light and comfy and the turn-down brim works very
Topic: Mining Conference 2011 Vacancies
derrickman

Forum: Events   Posted: 10/06/2011 18:17:30   Subject: Mining Conference 2011 Vacancies
The thing I find rather disconcerting, and a bit scary, are the prices some of my books would make these days... I have 30-odd years' accumulation of out-of-print titles, things like "Yesterdays' Golc
Topic: Mining Conference 2011 Vacancies
derrickman

Forum: Events   Posted: 08/06/2011 20:03:56   Subject: Mining Conference 2011 Vacancies
I fancy the winch trip in Snailbeach but right now the dates don't find my rotations :( ( although that can change nearer the time :confused: )
Topic: steam at Cwmorthin
derrickman

Forum: Mine Tramways and Railways   Posted: 07/06/2011 15:26:31   Subject: steam at Cwmorthin
http://modelsteam.myfreeforum.org/about7967.html&highlight=mamod+fairlie

no actual mine content as such, but I think this one takes a bit of beating...

did you see the repro "Spo
Topic: Tony Jarratt visits Doe Lea drift
derrickman

Forum: Midlands   Posted: 07/06/2011 07:06:40   Subject: Tony Jarratt visits Doe Lea drift
I was much amused by the casual reference to 'chemical caving' on the same journal pages. Couldn't do that now...
Topic: steam at Cwmorthin
derrickman

Forum: Mine Tramways and Railways   Posted: 07/06/2011 07:01:09   Subject: steam at Cwmorthin
[quote="blondin"]More!
P.S;Maxitrak do a very nice live steam quarry hunslet and a De Winton in a bigger scale.[/quote]

I've seen them.. do you want to carry it?

I remember
Topic: Wheal Concord
derrickman

Forum: South West England   Posted: 07/06/2011 06:55:07   Subject: Wheal Concord
I have been told more than once, that Wheal Concord had its origins in the adit clearance programme run by various parties in the 1960s.

Foraky did a lot of work on this, including clearan
Topic: steam at Cwmorthin
derrickman

Forum: Mine Tramways and Railways   Posted: 06/06/2011 17:53:16   Subject: steam at Cwmorthin
http://www.16mm.org.uk/newsite/shed_notices/default.html

well, it made me smile, anyway... ;)
Topic: Wheal Concord
derrickman

Forum: South West England   Posted: 06/06/2011 17:50:31   Subject: Wheal Concord
fascinating picture.

I visited Concord in 1980 or 1981 ... Foraky had a cactus grab on hire at Pendarves and a few other odd bits of plant ( mainly drilling gear ) hired out, I had a few d
Topic: Tony Jarratt visits Doe Lea drift
derrickman

Forum: Midlands   Posted: 06/06/2011 17:39:28   Subject: Tony Jarratt visits Doe Lea drift
I was in the area in 2004, one of those odd tunnelling jobs that come in from time to time... site agent sinking a pumping shaft at the Shirebrook renovation site, just of J28 on the M1. I saw the for
Topic: Tony Jarratt visits Doe Lea drift
derrickman

Forum: Midlands   Posted: 06/06/2011 07:16:52   Subject: Tony Jarratt visits Doe Lea drift
fascinating stuff.

I was working for Foraky Ltd of Nottingham in the very early 80s, mainly on the drilling side but occasionally with the last remnants of their once-extensive mining side
Topic: Rail bending device (photo)
derrickman

Forum: South East England   Posted: 03/06/2011 11:14:48   Subject: Rail bending device (photo)
don't have a jim crow, but I have seen pipeliners bending a 12" pipe ( in Libya in the 1970s ) by wedging one end under a dozer chassis, putting a timber block against the track as a stop, a pipestrop
Topic: Latest South Crofty News
derrickman

Forum: South West England   Posted: 03/06/2011 07:39:16   Subject: Latest South Crofty News
Fred Dibnah territory.... typical small engineering firm running on accumulated past skills, doing specialised work for people prepared to pay premium prices for specialised one-offs and limited runs.
Topic: Ukranian miners - UK winter 1947
derrickman

Forum: Midlands   Posted: 02/06/2011 14:44:08   Subject: Ukranian miners - UK winter 1947
When I started on land rigs for a company based in Nottingham in the late 1970s, the drilling manager was one of these Central European ex-PoWs.

They would do anything to avoid being sent
Topic: Going digging - folding shovel!
derrickman

Forum: Exploration Chat   Posted: 02/06/2011 14:40:59   Subject: Going digging - folding shovel!
[quote="sinker"][quote="simonrl"][quote="John Lawson"]Personally tried lots of shovels including both British & American genuine entrenchers, all have problems,however without a shovel you cannot expl
Topic: Latest South Crofty News
derrickman

Forum: South West England   Posted: 02/06/2011 14:33:11   Subject: Latest South Crofty News
Robinson’s engine is a good question, really. There are people who are interested in it because it is a historic piece of mining plant, there are people who are interested in it because it is CORNISH
Topic: Fake Loco (photo)
derrickman

Forum: North West England   Posted: 31/05/2011 13:53:19   Subject: Fake Loco (photo)
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=78EDrvG1gGk

Ferry Meadows as I remember it... I used to go there regularly when the kids were small ... haven't been there for years and it's only up the road
Topic: Fake Loco (photo)
derrickman

Forum: North West England   Posted: 31/05/2011 09:18:13   Subject: Fake Loco (photo)
the Scarborough ones are Hudswell Clarkes

http://homepage.ntlworld.com/david.enefer/scboro/nb.htm

and are really rather splendid if you like that sort of thing. The Severn Lamb
Topic: Fake Loco (photo)
derrickman

Forum: North West England   Posted: 31/05/2011 00:15:34   Subject: Fake Loco (photo)
[quote="christwigg"]It knocks the one at Darlington (home of the railway) into a cocked-hat.

http://news.bbc.co.uk/local/tees/hi/people_and_places/newsid_8822000/8822101.stm[/quote]
Topic: Latest South Crofty News
derrickman

Forum: South West England   Posted: 30/05/2011 15:56:02   Subject: Latest South Crofty News
[quote="scooptram"]when we where blasting the new decline it used to stink the dry out with blasting fumes i love the smell of ANFO while having a shower!!![/quote]

http://www.youtube.com/w
Topic: Latest South Crofty News
derrickman

Forum: South West England   Posted: 28/05/2011 12:01:37   Subject: Latest South Crofty News
why would you think that actual mining, the actual creation of wealth for proper wages, would be allowed to adversely affect its 'heritage' for longer than it took to get the Euro-beaurocrats involved
Topic: Latest South Crofty News
derrickman

Forum: South West England   Posted: 26/05/2011 12:28:30   Subject: Latest South Crofty News
dear oh dear oh dear....

still, always a good thing if people are investing. Wheal Jane and Mount Wellington staggered on for years on incoming investment, so did Pendarves; and if people a
Topic: Can you do this with your tap water?
derrickman

Forum: North America   Posted: 25/05/2011 16:44:26   Subject: Can you do this with your tap water?
there are a whole range of things which need to be said about this subject.

Firstly, there are some areas in the US where tap water comes virtually unpurified from local, sometimes private,
Topic: Mine Visits / Exhibition Works
derrickman

Forum: New recruits!   Posted: 24/05/2011 06:41:58   Subject: Mine Visits / Exhibition Works
one immediate and obvious problem is that Boulby is a 'gassy' mine, which means that photography underground is very restricted.

Productive mines tend not to show much interest in this kind
Topic: Anyone own a mine?
derrickman

Forum: General Chat   Posted: 20/05/2011 12:05:45   Subject: Anyone own a mine?
this was all discussed at length some while ago, and it wasn't a new subject then.

There seem to be a number of basic problems;

1) there really aren't many suitable sites around,
Topic: Anyone own a mine?
derrickman

Forum: General Chat   Posted: 19/05/2011 11:52:02   Subject: Anyone own a mine?
an owner may specifically prohibit the use of plant or equipment for functions not covered by Method Statements and Risk Assessments - indeed if he has any sense, he will do so as a matter of course.<
Topic: Anyone own a mine?
derrickman

Forum: General Chat   Posted: 18/05/2011 22:17:31   Subject: Anyone own a mine?
[quote="ttxela"][quote="derrickman"]I'd have to say that [i]volenti non fit injuria [/i]is pretty much unenforeceable in the current climate of ambulance-chasing and no-win, no-fee[/quote]

Topic: Anyone own a mine?
derrickman

Forum: General Chat   Posted: 18/05/2011 17:44:29   Subject: Anyone own a mine?
I'd have to say that [i]volenti non fit injuria [/i]is pretty much unenforeceable in the current climate of ambulance-chasing and no-win, no-fee
Topic: Anyone own a mine?
derrickman

Forum: General Chat   Posted: 18/05/2011 00:05:32   Subject: Anyone own a mine?
there was much discussion of this at Combe Down, where the workings lay under the village.

One central issue was who owned the mines under the specific plots, given that there was no equiv
Topic: Shafts and Bat Access.
derrickman

Forum: General Chat   Posted: 16/05/2011 10:18:16   Subject: Shafts and Bat Access.
Proposed development is usually the determining factor.

Combe Down was a unique situation because (a) it was a World Heritage Area (b) it was too far off the transport network (c) it is no
Topic: Shafts and Bat Access.
derrickman

Forum: General Chat   Posted: 15/05/2011 21:58:03   Subject: Shafts and Bat Access.
the caged shaft at Combe Down was about 6m in diameter and 12 or 14m deep. There were various entries which were gated, generally about 3m x 4m, that sort of size. However bats will get in just about
Topic: Miner's graffiti - dates
derrickman

Forum: Midlands   Posted: 14/05/2011 12:29:51   Subject: Miner's graffiti - dates
[quote="JohnnearCfon"][quote="ttxela"]I bet the changeover from the use of Roman numerals was really slow and drawn out, I've seen carpenters using roman numerals to mark up frames even now.
[/qu
Topic: Miner's graffiti - dates
derrickman

Forum: Midlands   Posted: 13/05/2011 12:52:10   Subject: Miner's graffiti - dates
literacy and numeracy aren't a yes/no issue but subject to considerable variation.

Roman numerals work well for people with limited numeracy and literacy, because they are to some extent g
Topic: Miner's graffiti - dates
derrickman

Forum: Midlands   Posted: 13/05/2011 08:45:41   Subject: Miner's graffiti - dates
Arabic numerals came into general use in conjunction with the significant increase in literacy and numeracy rates in the mid-1600s.

The advantage of arabic numerals is that they are easier
Topic: Miner's graffiti - dates
derrickman

Forum: Midlands   Posted: 11/05/2011 14:25:10   Subject: Miner's graffiti - dates
I'd say that would entirely understandable considering the nature of the entrance....
Topic: Termites-ace mineral explorers
derrickman

Forum: General Chat   Posted: 11/05/2011 08:56:33   Subject: Termites-ace mineral explorers
the Brent oil field has a story of that nature attached to it.

The original prospecting programme did not produce payable results ( although it DID discover oil, contrary to oilpatch legen
Topic: Remains of the G Archway (photo)
derrickman

Forum: North Wales   Posted: 06/05/2011 14:43:22   Subject: Remains of the G Archway (photo)
fascinating stuff, did you see the diving videos next to it.. :o :blink: ;(
Topic: Chinese working at height regulations
derrickman

Forum: Australasia   Posted: 05/05/2011 06:54:45   Subject: Chinese working at height regulations
whatever this world is likely to run out of, it probably isn't Chinese.. and they probably know that....
Topic: Pentewan railway - later use
derrickman

Forum: South West England   Posted: 02/05/2011 11:01:43   Subject: Pentewan railway - later use
for different reasons, I agree.

Topic: Pentewan railway - later use
derrickman

Forum: South West England   Posted: 02/05/2011 06:12:30   Subject: Pentewan railway - later use
surely the reliability, or otherwise, of people's memories is the central issue? One thing I do know, is that it is possible and indeed usual, to attend a CSM function, spend the evening discussing su
Topic: Pentewan railway - later use
derrickman

Forum: South West England   Posted: 01/05/2011 22:36:56   Subject: Pentewan railway - later use
I think it depends also on what your perception of the industry actually is.

I do find that as a general comment, the professionals on here have a somewhat different overall perception tha
Topic: Pentewan railway - later use
derrickman

Forum: South West England   Posted: 01/05/2011 20:57:23   Subject: Pentewan railway - later use
[quote="spitfire"]Derrickman, I don't know who you were asking when you was in Cornwall in the 70s but I do know there was a lot of very knowledgeable men around at that time, as a matter of fact ther
Topic: Pentewan railway - later use
derrickman

Forum: South West England   Posted: 01/05/2011 19:10:32   Subject: Pentewan railway - later use
well, not really. There was no serious effort to 'use' local knowledge as actual data at Combe Down, but when you have up to 300 men working in a village that size for several years, you hear a lot of
Topic: Pentewan railway - later use
derrickman

Forum: South West England   Posted: 01/05/2011 18:17:49   Subject: Pentewan railway - later use
I don't know that [i]challenging [/i] is the word.

My experience in Cornwall in the 70s was that the little oral information available locally frequently didn't match sources like Dines an
Topic: Pentewan railway - later use
derrickman

Forum: South West England   Posted: 01/05/2011 16:08:23   Subject: Pentewan railway - later use
It depends on the extent to which the information you gather is capable of independent verification, and the amount of information you collect, and the extent to which you verify your sources.
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