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Topic: The safe storage of explosives...
Mr.C

Forum: General Chat   Posted: 10/10/2008 20:46:36   Subject: The safe storage of explosives...
The transporting round of bang is not realy a licence thing as such. What's required is the holding of an RCA document from the HSE - it dosn't mean you have a licence, are a fit person etc. It just m
Topic: Deepest coal shaft in UK
Mr.C

Forum: General Chat   Posted: 09/10/2008 15:33:38   Subject: Deepest coal shaft in UK
[quote="grahami"]Gin Pit was a colliery and colliery village near Tyldesley in Lancashire. The village is still there -
[url]http://www.leighlife.com/index.php?action=gallery&g2_itemId=3832[/url]
Topic: Deepest coal shaft in UK
Mr.C

Forum: General Chat   Posted: 07/10/2008 23:34:23   Subject: Deepest coal shaft in UK
Pretty certain it was No2 - mate was one of the shaftsmen - I'm still using the hat & lamp from there!
I must admit I'd forgotten but I think you're right, it was the deepest in Europe.
The
Topic: Deepest coal shaft in UK
Mr.C

Forum: General Chat   Posted: 07/10/2008 11:16:33   Subject: Deepest coal shaft in UK
I think you'll find that the deepest coal shaft in the UK was Wolstanton No. 2 at 1046m.
The figure of 1400m at Clockface is possibly the working depth?
Topic: what is it part 2
Mr.C

Forum: General Chat   Posted: 13/09/2008 23:30:16   Subject: what is it part 2
Not bad I suppose, when you think of the effort & lives expended to put Krupps out of business 60 yrs ago- I wonder how many UK companies could still produce engineering like that, especialy to mine a
Topic: Tesco Cree LED torches
Mr.C

Forum: General Chat   Posted: 13/09/2008 22:37:37   Subject: Tesco Cree LED torches
[quote="Roy Morton"]some big differences in price here; I paid £10 last week in Tesco extra at Pool ( Redruth not Dorset) how long ago did you buy one for £8 ? and where? Anyone else find differences
Topic: what is it part 2
Mr.C

Forum: General Chat   Posted: 13/09/2008 20:54:36   Subject: what is it part 2
It's a bucket excavator used IIRC to mine lignite in Germany.
Big innit!
Topic: Tesco Cree LED torches
Mr.C

Forum: General Chat   Posted: 12/09/2008 23:31:12   Subject: Tesco Cree LED torches
SWMBO just bought me one from the local store. Must admit first impressions gained from light painting the garage are very favorable for the price.
Topic: Free - Plastic pipe for dig support.
Mr.C

Forum: For Sale! (and wanted / for swap)   Posted: 12/09/2008 17:10:56   Subject: Free - Plastic pipe for dig support.
It looks like we (Crewe C&PC) have to dispose of our stock of hi pressure water main. It's about 2' id and chopped into 6' ish lenths - much better than oildrum for supporting entrances/digs etc & sho
Topic: Fossil forests
Mr.C

Forum: General Chat   Posted: 09/09/2008 12:37:57   Subject: Fossil forests
Pillar & stall is still used for coal mining, in the original ish form in small pits, but also on a large scale using continuous miners, roof bolting & pillars of typicaly 30 metres square. I saw this
Topic: Underground safety
Mr.C

Forum: General Chat   Posted: 03/09/2008 00:03:57   Subject: Underground safety
[quote="JonK"]The Cumbria Amenity Trust (CAT), of which I am currently the Meets Secretary has debated at length underground safety and the kit needed. I detail below a site which advises how we grade
Topic: things you can do without on a trip
Mr.C

Forum: General Chat   Posted: 31/08/2008 22:21:47   Subject: things you can do without on a trip
I've still got one!
Topic: 2009 Calendar
Mr.C

Forum: General Chat   Posted: 30/08/2008 23:39:52   Subject: 2009 Calendar
Can I have one please?
Topic: Llanberis-2-User-Album-Image-009 (photo)
Mr.C

Forum: North Wales   Posted: 24/08/2008 23:01:34   Subject: Llanberis-2-User-Album-Image-009 (photo)
I must say I agree with you, when I first saw it, it made no sense to me as an enthusiast of mining and quarrying methods. That is untill I looked at it for a few seconds. What the average tourist typ
Topic: Job losses at Welsh Slate
Mr.C

Forum: North Wales   Posted: 20/08/2008 22:49:29   Subject: Job losses at Welsh Slate
[quote="royfellows"]I had a ride up to Manod last Saturday, there was some plant there. It looked to me as though they were recovering blocks or mill cut offs, possibly for wall construction re new ro
Topic: Welsh steam coal
Mr.C

Forum: South West England   Posted: 10/08/2008 22:12:51   Subject: Welsh steam coal
[quote="stuey"]I have a feeling that the best "steam coals" were somewhere between bituminous and anthracite.

I assumed that it was smokeless anthracite type stuff but was corrected by a l
Topic: Red pools, snottites and stemples (photo)
Mr.C

Forum: North Wales   Posted: 05/08/2008 22:55:28   Subject: Red pools, snottites and stemples (photo)
Looked like a death trap to me 20yrs back - but still seems to be standing!
Foul, smelly, but never seen so many bats in all my life. Just shows how sensitive to conditions they are ::)
Topic: The railway bridge near Crich Market place (photo)
Mr.C

Forum: Midlands   Posted: 03/08/2008 14:42:54   Subject: The railway bridge near Crich Market place (photo)
The Red Lion pub came from Stoke. It was demolished to make way for the A500 "D Road" in the mid '70s.
Topic: Cornish Engines at Langley, nr Hexham
Mr.C

Forum: General Chat   Posted: 25/07/2008 23:10:49   Subject: Cornish Engines at Langley, nr Hexam
I've some pics of the Langley engine houses somewhere, I'll see if I can find them.
I must admit, I assumed the engines were connected with the very large Langley smelt mill site - to drives stam
Topic: 1976 (photo)
Mr.C

Forum: Midlands   Posted: 20/07/2008 22:40:39   Subject: 1976 (photo)
I don't know Nick, but I did work with Dave for a couple of years in the early 80's - never heard him called "sweet" though!
Topic: 1976 (photo)
Mr.C

Forum: Midlands   Posted: 20/07/2008 14:01:17   Subject: 1976 (photo)
The chap to the left of you looks suspiciously like a young Dave Williams?
Topic: Old mine photo
Mr.C

Forum: General Chat   Posted: 18/07/2008 19:53:19   Subject: Old mine photo
Nice photo to have - I recently re-found some of my Grandad / greatgrandad at Sneyd.
It must if been at the start of your Grandads shift as they both look incredibly clean!!
Topic: North Derbyshire Collieries
Mr.C

Forum: Midlands   Posted: 18/07/2008 19:45:04   Subject: North Derbyshire Collieries
Most enjoyable - I've saved the PDF to read at leisure!
Nice to see the pics of Markham, I still miss it when driving that bit of the M1 :(
Topic: Latitude/Longitude
Mr.C

Forum: Europe   Posted: 17/07/2008 23:11:36   Subject: Latitude/Longitude
[quote="Gwyn"]Longitude. Dava Sobel. ISBN 1-85702-502-4
Nice one Toadstone![/quote]
Funnily enough, I couldn't find a ref. in Dava's book to the Nostell clock.
Mind you I have difficult
Topic: Latitude/Longitude
Mr.C

Forum: Europe   Posted: 17/07/2008 22:26:58   Subject: Latitude/Longitude
A little of topic, but if anyone passing Wakefield with an hr or so to spare, visit Nostell Priory. It's the estate that John Harrison was born on & thay have a working, woodern geared clock of his. I
Topic: National Explosive Factory
Mr.C

Forum: South West England   Posted: 15/07/2008 14:22:02   Subject: National Explosive Factory
If you can find a copy "Cornish Explosives" by Bryan Earl contains a mass of stuff on National, including a fold out plan of the site in 1906, which may help you make sense of your wander.
Topic: Vanoord's a Joke
Mr.C

Forum: General Chat   Posted: 13/07/2008 00:27:41   Subject: Vanoord's a Joke
[quote="markc"]Try this:

[img]http://www.aditnow.co.uk/showimage/Personal-Album-776-Image-001/?w=677[/img]

All enquiries to the ticket office!

:ohmygod: [/quote]
Topic: Illumination before the Striking Match
Mr.C

Forum: Mining Methods & Techniques   Posted: 07/07/2008 15:38:37   Subject: Illumination before the Striking Match
[quote="royfellows"][quote="Gwyn"]
I assume that small mechanical devices, not disimilar to the flintlock of guns, were available for creating sparks/fire.
[/quote]

Absolutely cor
Topic: The Ethics of Mineral Collecting
Mr.C

Forum: General Chat   Posted: 06/07/2008 19:42:35   Subject: The Ethics of Mineral Collecting
[quote="AdrianP"]
snip
2) Extensive hammering of deposits destroys them for others. This is what happened to Blende Vein in Magpie Sough - I was on the first trip up after opening and the do
Topic: Web site bloomers
Mr.C

Forum: General Chat   Posted: 06/07/2008 14:55:38   Subject: Web site bloomers
Are these in addition to the mugs & tee-shirts?
:confused:
Topic: The ethics of artefact removal
Mr.C

Forum: General Chat   Posted: 05/07/2008 23:27:15   Subject: The ethics of artefact removal
I've no huge problem with shotholes as they survive best in unmineralised ground round here (I've drilled enough of 'em). Where they survive though, they can tell lot about how/when a mine was worked
Topic: Poppets
Mr.C

Forum: General Chat   Posted: 05/07/2008 23:04:24   Subject: Poppets
Not heard it used recently, but was used as a term of endearment round here (instead of the universal "Duck").
As in "All right poppet?" - not heard it used in any other context, other than engin
Topic: Smith Excavator at Llanberis
Mr.C

Forum: General Chat   Posted: 24/06/2008 21:03:38   Subject: Smith Excavator at Llanberis
Just seen the photos - would love to have seen it for real! Any chance of a rematch? ;D
Topic: Want to take my kids to pan for gold
Mr.C

Forum: General Chat   Posted: 24/06/2008 20:46:57   Subject: Want to take my kids to pan for gold
It certainly looks riddled. An old work friend was evacuated to Bont Ddu during the war & stayed on for several years after. He spent his weekends rooting in the old mines & panning, like yourself. He
Topic: Want to take my kids to pan for gold
Mr.C

Forum: General Chat   Posted: 24/06/2008 20:18:26   Subject: Want to take my kids to pan for gold
Yee hah ! I'm staddling up the cat & pinching the wifes wok!
:thumbsup:
Topic: Schaffler key
Mr.C

Forum: General Chat   Posted: 23/06/2008 22:42:51   Subject: Schaffler key
Any one got one laying about? I have a lonely 350 that would love to meet it. Dosn't matter if it's rough, as long as it's usable.
Topic: What is it?
Mr.C

Forum: General Chat   Posted: 18/06/2008 21:56:03   Subject: What is it?
The Trust seem pretty good at maintaining stuff as is, or as was last used - & letting folk see it! In Cheshire & the Peak they don't seem overly averse to exploration or even digging of stuff on thei
Topic: Bore holes (photo)
Mr.C

Forum: North Wales   Posted: 18/06/2008 14:28:06   Subject: Bore holes (photo)
Yep that's it - I should have said "contour" not "smooth" :confused: , which is the same thing as pre split.
Nice though isn't it?
Topic: Bore holes (photo)
Mr.C

Forum: North Wales   Posted: 18/06/2008 11:12:18   Subject: Bore holes (photo)
There are of course some super examples of "smooth blasting" shot holes in the A55 cutting on Rhuallt hill.
Topic: Suitable sites for nuclear waste?
Mr.C

Forum: General Chat   Posted: 18/06/2008 11:08:20   Subject: Suitable sites for nuclear waste?
[quote="carnkie"]I apologise if you think I picked you up wrongly but I feel that the bias against the nuclear industry by the media and certain NGOs has influenced the government so that for thirty y
Topic: Suitable sites for nuclear waste?
Mr.C

Forum: General Chat   Posted: 18/06/2008 00:00:19   Subject: Suitable sites for nuclear waste?
You seem to have the wrong idea of the gist my post, I was in no way saying that it is bad for the area! I work at pharaceutical, chemical & nuclear plants & non have the exclusive rights to the "unbl
Topic: Suitable sites for nuclear waste?
Mr.C

Forum: General Chat   Posted: 17/06/2008 22:58:43   Subject: Suitable sites for nuclear waste?
Interesting that the locals "edited into the news" from Whitehaven seemed cautiously in favour of the disposal site being round there. But I suppose when there's limited employment & you've lived in t
Topic: Suitable sites for nuclear waste?
Mr.C

Forum: General Chat   Posted: 17/06/2008 19:47:06   Subject: Suitable sites for nuclear waste?
[quote="Monty Stubble"]If they dump it down a mine - will we need to bother with lamps while exploring?

What about Haig Pit at Whitehaven? That goes out under the sea.

Or there's
Topic: Mining Terminology - Horse Levels
Mr.C

Forum: Mining Methods & Techniques   Posted: 10/06/2008 22:25:02   Subject: Mining Terminology - Horse Levels
An adit is always out to day, & may or may not be for drainage.
To add to the ambiguity a sough is always for drainage, but may or may not be out to day!
Topic: Advice re: Miners Lamp on Ebay
Mr.C

Forum: General Chat   Posted: 01/06/2008 23:28:12   Subject: Advice re: Miners Lamp on Ebay
Mr Speddings finest is realy only of use for energetic blind folk who like being blown up - never realy decided if it was better or worse than the rotting fish skins!
As for the others, the GR6S
Topic: Rigging Gear
Mr.C

Forum: SRT Equipment & Training   Posted: 30/05/2008 23:06:05   Subject: Rigging Gear
[quote="Barney"]Aren't P hangers and resin a cheaper option? They are replacing the bolt system in many places[/quote]
P Bolts (or hangers) are no longer made I afraid. IIRC they were made by DMM
Topic: ANHMS / BCA Insurance Renewal
Mr.C

Forum: Site Updates, Suggestions & Corrections   Posted: 25/05/2008 18:24:00   Subject: NEWS: AditNow Mining History Society
[quote="Gwyn"]On the question of "surface insurance" it might be found that if a household contents policy (or similar) is held, that it includes a section that covers personal liability which might w
Topic: Ecton Deep User Album (album)
Mr.C

Forum: Midlands   Posted: 24/05/2008 18:34:35   Subject: Ecton Deep User Album (album)
Waterbank should be safe but still needs ginging removing from the shaft bottom to make the sough comfortable (ish) We spent considerable time repairing this shaft (& several others) while the truss w
Topic: Ecton Deep User Album (album)
Mr.C

Forum: Midlands   Posted: 23/05/2008 23:21:22   Subject: Ecton Deep User Album (album)
I would in no way advocate totaly free access for the whole of the system. Ecton is a very special place, the history of which undoubtably goes back to the bronze age as witnessed by Nellie Kirkhams w
Topic: Ecton Deep User Album (album)
Mr.C

Forum: Midlands   Posted: 23/05/2008 19:57:25   Subject: Ecton Deep User Album (album)
[quote="Jasonbirder"]yes..easy to laugh...but look at the Mines in the Peak caving clubs have negotiated access agreements with...
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