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Topic: Pentewan railway - later use
derrickman

Forum: South West England   Posted: 01/05/2011 10:43:17   Subject: Pentewan railway - later use
I'm never optimistic about learning that sort of thing from locals.

I found at Combe Down that much of the local 'information' about the workings was pretty much worthless, and the survey
Topic: Miners tools
derrickman

Forum: General Chat   Posted: 30/04/2011 07:01:37   Subject: Miners tools
I remember this being a particular problem with tunnel miners in the 1980s - they would hide favoured tools such as cut-down hammers or shovels. Jigger picks were always a problem that way as well.
Topic: Pentewan railway - later use
derrickman

Forum: South West England   Posted: 28/04/2011 11:46:13   Subject: Pentewan railway - later use
[quote="Tamarmole"][quote="derrickman"]I suppose the same could be said of diesel and for that matter, battery trammers. Working with contractors' battery trammers in tunnelling during the 1980s and e
Topic: Pentewan railway - later use
derrickman

Forum: South West England   Posted: 23/04/2011 08:27:53   Subject: Pentewan railway - later use
Mevagissey, that's the link. I used to know Mevagissey, for reasons which came to nothing in the end... stares pensively out of window... I thought I remembered the tracks being in place.

H
Topic: Pentewan railway - later use
derrickman

Forum: South West England   Posted: 21/04/2011 06:22:34   Subject: Pentewan railway - later use
It has been mentioned in some parts that the one section of the railway was subsequently used to serve a concrete block business there.

There are mentions of two Ruston Hornsby diesel locos
Topic: Pentewan railway - later use
derrickman

Forum: South West England   Posted: 20/04/2011 23:03:08   Subject: Pentewan railway - later use
I saw a thread a little while ago on another website about the Pentewan railway. This name is generally taken to mean the steam-worked tramway serving the now-silted-up harbour, but there are referenc
Topic: Pentire & Pentire Glaze
derrickman

Forum: General Chat   Posted: 16/04/2011 13:48:52   Subject: Pentire & Pentire Glaze
the problem with streaming now is;

1) the red silty outflow which inevitably results, and its disposal

2) the cost of water now as opposed to 20 or 30 years ago - and streaming u
Topic: Pentire & Pentire Glaze
derrickman

Forum: General Chat   Posted: 16/04/2011 11:09:00   Subject: Pentire & Pentire Glaze
I remember this adit being a source of specimens back in the 1970s. Much rivalry between "locals" and "incomers" as usual. I went in once and that was quite enough :blink:

the attitude t
Topic: Proud's Sump Rigging
derrickman

Forum: North West England   Posted: 16/04/2011 06:36:23   Subject: Proud's Sump Rigging
cinsidering some of the things he seems to havetime to involve himself in I'd think it's probably the best place for him...
Topic: Dolcoath and C&M Powder Co.Ltd
derrickman

Forum: Mine Tramways and Railways   Posted: 16/04/2011 06:34:48   Subject: Dolcoath and C&M Powder Co.Ltd
[quote="1944pam"]Good question - books like this are non-commercial and my publisher, who does these for me takes his time. Say May?

Tony Brooks[/quote]

digressing slightly, I a
Topic: Irthlingborough (Ebbw Vale) Iron Mine
derrickman

Forum: Midlands   Posted: 14/04/2011 22:46:14   Subject: Irthlingborough (Ebbw Vale) Iron Mine
[quote="A J Pack"]I think I should warn anyone, wishing to enter Irthlingborough Mine from the Finedon end, that the air will be very 'thin'. Probably no oxygen at-all & if they get as far as the orig
Topic: One for the steam buffs.
derrickman

Forum: General Chat   Posted: 14/04/2011 07:17:22   Subject: One for the steam buffs.
this is an interesting one, if you find that sort of thing interesting that is.

When the decimal currency was introduced, it was specifically referred to as "new pence" and the officially f
Topic: One for the steam buffs.
derrickman

Forum: General Chat   Posted: 13/04/2011 08:34:41   Subject: One for the steam buffs.
I've never encountered apices or apexes, but the first seems consistent with index/indices or codex/codices, both of which are in use; whereas the second doesn't. Music uses the term coda for somethin
Topic: One for the steam buffs.
derrickman

Forum: General Chat   Posted: 12/04/2011 15:35:04   Subject: One for the steam buffs.
there was much controversy on one board, about the actual numbers of the L&BR locos under SR ownership and the subsequent number given to Lyd.

I'd always thought that all ng locos inherite
Topic: One for the steam buffs.
derrickman

Forum: General Chat   Posted: 12/04/2011 12:16:58   Subject: One for the steam buffs.
[quote="Morlock"][quote="ICLOK"]Oooooh Nice..... don't think the purists are gonna like that colour!!! :lol:[/quote]

IIRC there were death threats circulating when "Flying Scotsman" was all
Topic: South Crofty Latest
derrickman

Forum: General Chat   Posted: 12/04/2011 07:17:43   Subject: South Crofty Latest
[quote="Tezarchaeon"][quote="derrickman"][quote="spitfire"][quote="derrickman"]the road closure had me baffled, bearing in mind I haven't actually seen that view since the late 1970s..
[/quote]
Topic: CP9 Breakers
derrickman

Forum: General Chat   Posted: 11/04/2011 11:59:56   Subject: CP9 Breakers
the CP9 was a tiny thing with a hex chuck for small-diameter drilling. Throw it away and buy a Kango.

The larger CP22 ( the tunnel miner's "jigger pick" ) had no rotary motion and usually
Topic: What is it?
derrickman

Forum: General Chat   Posted: 11/04/2011 11:50:38   Subject: What is it?
bit early for Halloween, isn't it? Ttxela makes fun of MY overalls...
Topic: South Crofty Latest
derrickman

Forum: General Chat   Posted: 11/04/2011 11:48:15   Subject: South Crofty Latest
[quote="spitfire"][quote="derrickman"]the road closure had me baffled, bearing in mind I haven't actually seen that view since the late 1970s..
[/quote]

There is no road closure. The b
Topic: Information for UK Mining please
derrickman

Forum: General Chat   Posted: 09/04/2011 22:21:32   Subject: Information for UK Mining please
let's not beat about the bush. The UK has severe structural unemployment and immigrants are still flooding in for purely political reasons.

The construction industry is in a severely depre
Topic: Information for UK Mining please
derrickman

Forum: General Chat   Posted: 09/04/2011 11:03:09   Subject: Information for UK Mining please
I'd follow that by commenting that my experience at Combe Down would indicate that the little remaining UK mining is being largely carried out by older men who have been excluded by Australian immigra
Topic: South Crofty Latest
derrickman

Forum: General Chat   Posted: 08/04/2011 20:36:14   Subject: South Crofty Latest
the road closure had me baffled, bearing in mind I haven't actually seen that view since the late 1970s..
Topic: South Crofty Latest
derrickman

Forum: General Chat   Posted: 08/04/2011 13:16:28   Subject: South Crofty Latest
read it in the Packet :blink: bound to be true, then...


is that picture taken looking towards Trevu Hill from in front of the library? A long while since I was down there...
Topic: Indium at South Crofty
derrickman

Forum: South West England   Posted: 11/03/2011 08:22:22   Subject: Indium at South Crofty
from March 2011 CSM Association newsletter


CROFTY MAKES
WORLDWIDE NEWS
Following on from the report in the
November issue of the CSMA Newsletter,
South Crofty has
Topic: Disturbing News
derrickman

Forum: General Chat   Posted: 08/03/2011 18:09:04   Subject: Disturbing News
I suspect that the Law of Unintended Consequences and Jobs For The Boys will be very much the order of business. There is such an oversupply of otherwise unemployable ex-NCB people that the potential
Topic: Disturbing News
derrickman

Forum: General Chat   Posted: 08/03/2011 15:45:38   Subject: Disturbing News
[quote="staffordshirechina"]My latest copy of Materials World, the magazine of the Institute of Materials, Minerals and Mining arrived today and whilst reading through I noticed this snippet of rather
Topic: underground mining question
derrickman

Forum: General Chat   Posted: 08/03/2011 07:47:42   Subject: underground mining question
I'm with staffordshirechina on this one.

it's perfectly true that it takes a great deal of canvassing to achieve anything on the internet, but you should see my inbox after a trip to place
Topic: underground mining question
derrickman

Forum: General Chat   Posted: 06/03/2011 23:29:36   Subject: underground mining question
that, or the shares are being pushed while they are at a peak....
Topic: Knotlow Mine, Monyash, stabilization work
derrickman

Forum: Midlands   Posted: 06/03/2011 17:33:33   Subject: Knotlow Mine, Monyash, stabilization work
I'm not available for this, as it turns out
Topic: Smallcleugh
derrickman

Forum: General Chat   Posted: 04/03/2011 21:59:52   Subject: Smallcleugh
[quote="PeteJ"]Right about the name. Can someone else comment on the link to the Boer war period?[/quote]

no specific information but it was common during that period to use names of that
Topic: Stolen Oldhams..
derrickman

Forum: General Chat   Posted: 03/03/2011 18:23:47   Subject: Stolen Oldhams..
I wouldn't be holding my breath that the police were going to do anything effective about pikeys. They do as they please around here ( East Anglia ) with no visible interference.
Topic: Smallcleugh
derrickman

Forum: General Chat   Posted: 02/03/2011 20:17:41   Subject: Smallcleugh
having recently done the Abandonment Plans at Combe Down, most of the names used there were derived from landowners who had subsequently made use of the area, often as builder's yards or landfill site
Topic: Stolen Oldhams..
derrickman

Forum: General Chat   Posted: 02/03/2011 19:28:40   Subject: Stolen Oldhams..
[quote="royfellows"]One thing about the Mazda I used to drive, I knew that I could leave that anywhere and it would still be there when I got back.

I left it in Aber while I went for a walk
Topic: Stolen Oldhams..
derrickman

Forum: General Chat   Posted: 02/03/2011 07:46:22   Subject: Stolen Oldhams..
I've heard a lot of stories of that sort - did you lock it? I NEVER walk away from my vehicle unlocked, but a surprising number of people do, even leave the keys in.

good luck with the dog
Topic: De Re Metallica
derrickman

Forum: Mining Methods & Techniques   Posted: 28/02/2011 06:35:14   Subject: De Re Metallica
[quote="Boy Engineer"]Not to be confused with Do Re Me Metallica, the thrash metal version of the Sound of Music classic.

Sorry, couldn't help it. Too much Euro pop last week. Both types.[
Topic: De Re Metallica
derrickman

Forum: Mining Methods & Techniques   Posted: 27/02/2011 21:57:52   Subject: De Re Metallica
however it was certainly common for many years to bore out tree-trunks for use as water-pipes, they can be seen in use as water conduits well into the 1800s.
Topic: De Re Metallica
derrickman

Forum: Mining Methods & Techniques   Posted: 27/02/2011 13:23:49   Subject: De Re Metallica
a lot of medieval and post-medieval technical literature is indicative rather than strictly descriptive. There was a general attitude of secrecy, or preservation of "mystery" ( the early guilds were o
Topic: Crofty
derrickman

Forum: South West England   Posted: 27/02/2011 12:43:54   Subject: Crofty
yes, but most if not all of that, is old news or generally known.
Topic: Loco's ???
derrickman

Forum: Mine Tramways and Railways   Posted: 25/02/2011 07:31:18   Subject: Loco's ???
the LB13 number is a batttery number, not a loco number. A working installation would have more batteries than locos and the batteries would be interchanged freely as required.
Topic: Converting Mine Engine Houses into Dwellings
derrickman

Forum: General Chat   Posted: 19/02/2011 23:44:14   Subject: Converting Mine Engine Houses into Dwellings
personally, I'd rather see them converted than left to decay. There were working buildings, their original use is long gone and it's time to move on. I'd rather see them in good order and working for
Topic: Hello from London!
derrickman

Forum: New recruits!   Posted: 18/02/2011 10:31:16   Subject: Hello from London!
I'm sure there's a joke about thigh length boots somewhere, but it's too early in the day.

Having at times worked in waders, I certainly don't recommend it unless the water is polluted.
Topic: Opinions please, mine type.
derrickman

Forum: Site Updates, Suggestions & Corrections   Posted: 17/02/2011 13:20:29   Subject: Opinions please, mine type.
I'd suspect that most people looking for a given location will start by entering the name. I'd follow that by suggesting that most people will know the mine in question by its principal product, which
Topic: Opinions please, mine type.
derrickman

Forum: Site Updates, Suggestions & Corrections   Posted: 17/02/2011 07:04:15   Subject: Opinions please, mine type.
since Geevor has been mentioned, Geevor Tin Mine would be a correct form since it was specifically called by that name
Topic: Opinions please, mine type.
derrickman

Forum: Site Updates, Suggestions & Corrections   Posted: 16/02/2011 21:45:49   Subject: Opinions please, mine type.
I'd tend to feel that anyone who knows enough about the subject to be interested in the question, will probably be able to work it out from the available information
Topic: Opinions please, mine type.
derrickman

Forum: Site Updates, Suggestions & Corrections   Posted: 16/02/2011 12:53:57   Subject: Opinions please, mine type.
[quote="royfellows"]Hi gang

I am happy to take instruction on this.[/quote]

Barristers do it taking instructions and holding their briefs in their hands :o
Topic: Indium at South Crofty
derrickman

Forum: South West England   Posted: 13/02/2011 21:28:20   Subject: Indium at South Crofty
[quote="mikebee62"]Stuey,
""I gather that Wheal Concord may not have been as unfraudulent as we might like to think""

Having been involved a bit with that project, Thats an unders
Topic: Indium at South Crofty
derrickman

Forum: South West England   Posted: 13/02/2011 11:53:53   Subject: Indium at South Crofty
from Trounson, Jenks et al and my own recollections of CSM days, if it were viable to mine the Wide Formation by conventional shrinkage stoping, it would have been done long ago.

I wasn't
Topic: Indium at South Crofty
derrickman

Forum: South West England   Posted: 12/02/2011 06:45:26   Subject: Indium at South Crofty
I don't have any first-hand information but once again I'm a trifle puzzled over what is really going on there.

There isn't really anything new about the fact that several of the Cornish m
Topic: California Gold Rush v2.0?
derrickman

Forum: North America   Posted: 10/02/2011 18:47:51   Subject: California Gold Rush v2.0?
these things roll along.. but I haven't seen anything serious about this in the professional press, unless I've missed it.

Combe Down quite got me interested in mining again, and i did thin
Topic: Sanctum OT
derrickman

Forum: General Chat   Posted: 31/01/2011 14:15:03   Subject: Sanctum OT
I gather there's a truly disgusting one involving a climber biting his own arm off going around at the moment...
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