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Topic: Skewen flooding - old mine workings a factor?
rufenig

Forum: South Wales   Posted: 22/01/2021 15:39:17   Subject: Flood from Mine
[b][i]Skewen flood: Is Wales' coalmining past behind home evacuations?[/i][/b]
https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-wales-55767054
Topic: Skewen flooding - old mine workings a factor?
rufenig

Forum: South Wales   Posted: 22/01/2021 15:33:41   Subject: Flood from Mine
[b][i]What we know about the terrible flood in Skewen caused by a 'burst mineshaft'[/i][/b][i]
Report including C.A. plans.
https://www.walesonline.co.uk/news/wales-news/flooding-skewen-mine
Topic: Simon J. 'S. Hughes
rufenig

Forum: General Chat   Posted: 07/01/2021 06:14:06   Subject: Simon J. 'S. Hughes
Here.
https://www.aditnow.co.uk/community/viewtopic.aspx?p=206976#msg206976
Topic: HM Inspector of Mines learns about carbide lamps
rufenig

Forum: General Chat   Posted: 27/12/2020 17:54:52   Subject: HM Inspector of Mines learns about carbide lamps
In the 5th edition, Ore and Stone mining (1904) Foster says.
"Trials have lately been made in Germany with an open acetylene hand lamp. It gives a light ten times as great as that of a rape-oil l
Topic: pit deputies
rufenig

Forum: New recruits!   Posted: 25/12/2020 18:46:47   Subject: pit deputies
First, remember that a Deputy was a highly trained, and experienced man.
Tapping walls or roofs to check firmness will give distinctive sounds if loose rock is present, a metal or wood tool can b
Topic: Clogau
rufenig

Forum: North Wales   Posted: 02/12/2020 16:19:33   Subject: Clogau
And here.
https://www.walesonline.co.uk/news/wales-news/clogau-st-davids-alba-gold-19384122
Topic: Roman/Ancient Mines! Request for sites
rufenig

Forum: Mining Heritage   Posted: 25/11/2020 17:26:32   Subject: Roman/Ancient Mines! Request for sites
There is a vast amount of information on the Tinterweb, just search for "early mines and mining"
Incidentally, there is probably as much if not more evidence of pre-Roman (Bronze age) mining.:sma
Topic: Memorial slate history trail.
rufenig

Forum: North Wales   Posted: 22/11/2020 15:41:14   Subject: Memorial slate history trail.
[b]Great Strike trail marks 120 years since quarry dispute[/b]
A historical trail is being unveiled to mark 120 years since one of Britain's longest industrial disputes divided a Welsh town.
Topic: Parys Mountain near Amlwch
rufenig

Forum: North Wales   Posted: 04/10/2020 09:49:30   Subject: Parys Mountain near Amlwch
[b][i]Anglesey's 'grand canyon' described as the most extraordinary place in Wales by TV explorer[/i][/b]
It's a historic landmark that provides a fascinating insight into the country's geologica
Topic: Welsh gold: 'High possibility'
rufenig

Forum: North Wales   Posted: 12/09/2020 15:20:49   Subject: Welsh gold: 'High possibility'
[b][i]Welsh gold: 'High possibility' of finding more in the hills[/i][/b]
Drilling and bulk sampling for gold in new areas of Wales have begun, according to an exploration firm.
Alba Mineral
Topic: Just Moved!
rufenig

Forum: New recruits!   Posted: 05/09/2020 09:02:56   Subject: Just Moved!
I would strongly recommend trying to get "The Old Metal Mines of Wales" By David Bick. (6 parts)
It is out of print now but worth searching out.
Possibly find the part that covers the area t
Topic: Miners Tools.
rufenig

Forum: Mining Methods & Techniques   Posted: 24/08/2020 14:34:24   Subject: Miners Tools.
The "stuff" to show iron / steel grain structure is
Nital. 5% nitric acid in alcohol (usually methanol) :smartass:
Topic: Miners Tools.
rufenig

Forum: Mining Methods & Techniques   Posted: 21/08/2020 06:33:04   Subject: Miners Tools.
[quote="Tamarmole"][quote="royfellows"] if memory serves the metal needs to be straw yellow for cutting rock).[/quote]

To be technical, that is the tempering stage.
The item will be he
Topic: Cae Coch Sulphur Mine (mine)
rufenig

Forum: North Wales   Posted: 27/07/2020 15:01:11   Subject: Cae Coch Sulphur Mine (mine)
Don't paddle in the red pools, and wear old clothes and boots!:smartass:
Topic: Glyn Rhonwy 'Earth Centre'
rufenig

Forum: North Wales   Posted: 07/06/2020 14:37:50   Subject: Glyn Rhonwy 'Earth Centre'
Has anybody told the yoghurt weavers what the RAF actually did in the quarries? :o
Topic: Rare Welsh gold hunt
rufenig

Forum: North Wales   Posted: 18/05/2020 16:41:05   Subject: Rare Welsh gold hunt
[b]Rare Welsh gold hunt will see eight trenches dug in Snowdonia countryside[/b]
[i]The hunt for rare Welsh gold has seen plans submitted to dig eight large trenches in the Snowdonia countryside.
Topic: Miners Tools.
rufenig

Forum: Mining Methods & Techniques   Posted: 20/04/2020 11:48:24   Subject: Miners Tools.
For those not familiar,
These, and similar tools are sharpened by heating the tip and drawing (hitting with a hammer on an anvill) to a point, or chisel shape.

They were not ground, t
Topic: In a study, scientists have found traces of lead, transported on the winds from British mines that operated in the late 1100s.
rufenig

Forum: General Chat   Posted: 31/03/2020 07:43:01   Subject: In a study, scientists have found traces of lead, transported on the winds from British mines that operated in the late 1100s.
[i]Ancient air pollution, trapped in ice, reveals new details about life and death in 12th Century Britain.
In a study, scientists have found traces of lead, transported on the winds from British
Topic: South Wales Coalfield book query
rufenig

Forum: South Wales   Posted: 29/01/2020 21:45:17   Subject: South Wales Coalfield book query
[quote="Jim MacPherson"] it deserves to be preserved in an archive in Wales, Big Pit, Aberystwyth library or whatever is most appropriate. Jim[/quote]

If a "Museum attraction" like Big Pit
Topic: WMS Layers
rufenig

Forum: General Chat   Posted: 09/12/2019 19:12:49   Subject: WMS Layers
This site is helpful with LIDAR, simpler to find places.
(England and Wales.)
https://www.lidarfinder.com/

This site covers England and Wales.
https://houseprices.io/lab/lid
Topic: Exploring Coal Mines - Gas?
rufenig

Forum: General Chat   Posted: 03/12/2019 09:45:30   Subject: Exploring Coal Mines - Gas?
Another place to visit for a real coal mine is Apedale in Staffordshire.
Standard visits are very good and are led by great guides.
They can also do an extended tour for groups if you contac
Topic: Halkyn District United Mines
rufenig

Forum: North Wales   Posted: 20/10/2019 16:17:25   Subject: Halkyn District United Mines
[b]Britain's longest tunnel network lies hidden under the Flintshire hills[/b]
[i]It's well known among the caving community, but lying beneath Flintshire is what is believed to be Britain's lon
Topic: Construction Phase of 'Woodsmith Mine' Launched by Sirius Minerals
rufenig

Forum: North East England   Posted: 21/09/2019 06:23:02   Subject: Construction Phase of 'Woodsmith Mine' Launched by Sirius Minerals
Another report.

https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/business-49766418
Topic: Help identifying a lamp
rufenig

Forum: Lamps & Lighting   Posted: 13/09/2019 15:13:18   Subject: Help identifying a lamp
[quote="What's the little metal arm on the bottom for? It rotates a small metal hook inside the glass portion of the lamp, which can be poked into the wick holder and against the wick.[/quote]
Topic: Help identifying a lamp
rufenig

Forum: Lamps & Lighting   Posted: 13/09/2019 14:48:12   Subject: Help identifying a lamp
Looks to be better than the "replica" lamps on sale in the tourist shops.
It has a gauze bonnet and sealing gaskets.
E.Thomas and Williams did make lamps for colliery work, but are now known
Topic: Miles of rare gold have been discovered
rufenig

Forum: North Wales   Posted: 08/08/2019 16:13:30   Subject: Miles of rare gold have been discovered
Biggest ever gold belt found under Gwynedd

https://www.dailypost.co.uk/news/north-wales-news/biggest-ever-gold-belt-found-16719060
Topic: Miles of rare gold have been discovered
rufenig

Forum: North Wales   Posted: 07/08/2019 19:21:40   Subject: Miles of rare gold have been discovered
[i]Gold was found across a 9km stretch of the Dolgellau gold belt. Miles of land has been discovered to contain Welsh gold.

Alba Mineral Resources have been exploring in north Wales looking
Topic: Golwen Slate Mine... Lake side access closed
rufenig

Forum: North Wales   Posted: 24/05/2019 16:00:03   Subject: Golwen Slate Mine... Lake side access closed
[b][i]Used condoms, dirty nappies, beer cans, and plastic bottles dumped at beautiful Welsh lake

'It's turned into something that looks like the aftermath of Glastonbury'[/i][/b]
The o
Topic: Mine workers enter Clogau
rufenig

Forum: North Wales   Posted: 30/04/2019 21:05:13   Subject: Mine workers enter Clogau
[b]Mine workers enter Clogau to help solve gold 'puzzle'[/b]

[i]Workers this week entered Clogau gold mine to start rehabilitation work with a mining boss saying a "lot of gold" remains und
Topic: Tallies / Checks,
rufenig

Forum: General Chat   Posted: 19/04/2019 13:26:18   Subject: Tallies / Checks,
The Druid tokens get very complicated.
They were issued at a time when small value coins were not common, so the were widely adopted, (and copied)

They were struck at several different
Topic: Any cave divers in South Wales?
rufenig

Forum: General Chat   Posted: 28/03/2019 19:44:13   Subject: Any cave divers in South Wales?
[b]This man's garden has turned into a sulphurous spring and he's trying to find out why[/b]


https://www.walesonline.co.uk/news/wales-news/swimming-pool-ystalyfera-water-leak-16035414
Topic: Tony Oldham RIP
rufenig

Forum: General Chat   Posted: 14/12/2018 16:39:14   Subject: Tony Oldham RIP
Posted on UK Caving.
[b][i]A regret to announce that Tony passed away after a short illness. [/i][/b][i]
Topic: Odd structure, North Cornwall near Trevalga
rufenig

Forum: South West England   Posted: 03/11/2018 19:58:17   Subject: Odd structure, North Cornwall near Trevalga
Terraced garden of a lost "Manor house" :smartass:
See this map (N.B. Ladies window.)
https://maps.nls.uk/geo/explore/#zoom=17&lat=50.6836&lon=-4.7185&layers=168&b=1
Topic: Interesting video
rufenig

Forum: General Chat   Posted: 31/10/2018 20:49:43   Subject: Interesting video
"Mining" (underground digging holes) video.
One for the elf and safety ninjas to watch and take notes! :lol:
[b]BBC How They Dug the Victoria Line[/b]
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Gw
Topic: New future?
rufenig

Forum: North Wales   Posted: 31/10/2018 17:10:19   Subject: New future?
[quote="alex17595"] how much would UNESCO status raise the footfall of the areas affected? [/quote]

Unfortunately this is all about money in grants, and fact finding trips for big wigs.
Topic: Inscription on brick at Cefn Du (photo)
rufenig

Forum: North Wales   Posted: 30/10/2018 18:37:29   Subject: Inscription on brick at Cefn Du (photo)
Cefn Du
http://www.coflein.gov.uk/en/site/505761/details/chwarel-cefn-du-quarry-buildings-vi

Also the 6inch map (National library of Scotland) shows Quarries

https://maps.nl
Topic: Zombies take over Welsh mine|
rufenig

Forum: Mid Wales   Posted: 20/10/2018 16:28:12   Subject: Zombies take over Welsh mine|
[b]Flesh-eating zombies take over abandoned Welsh mine|[/b]
[i]Come and marvel at the Ponterwyd Museum of Curiosities acquisitions, where you've been invited for the opening night's unveiling cer
Topic: Bwlch Glas
rufenig

Forum: Mid Wales   Posted: 16/10/2018 20:05:39   Subject: Bwlch Glas
Usual caveat, "They were good when they were fitted."
You must make your own judgement when you check them.

By the way.
A short length of caving ladder will make getting back up o
Topic: Great Masson Owners
rufenig

Forum: North West England   Posted: 04/09/2018 14:32:08   Subject: Great Masson Owners
As said above.
You may be looking at two issues.
Who owns the land.
Who owns the mineral rights.

Topic: Campers feared missing spark rescue operation
rufenig

Forum: North Wales   Posted: 16/08/2018 16:43:35   Subject: Campers feared missing spark rescue operation
North Wales Cave Rescue Organisation was called at 11.15pm yesterday (August 15) to reports of five people overdue from a trip into the disused[b] Croesor Rhosydd Slate Mine, [/b]outside Blaenau Ffest
Topic: Parys Mountain from the air
rufenig

Forum: General Chat   Posted: 07/08/2018 16:30:53   Subject: Parys Mountain from the air
Very good Simon. :thumbsup:
Topic: Cwmystwyth on Youtube
rufenig

Forum: Mid Wales   Posted: 03/08/2018 18:56:59   Subject: Cwmystwyth on Youtube
Just seen this!
What a bunch of fecking muppets!

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kFy-Tia5_oc

:guns:
Topic: Clogau gold mine project
rufenig

Forum: North Wales   Posted: 17/07/2018 16:26:20   Subject: Clogau gold mine project
[b]Clogau gold mine project now under full control of mineral exploration firm[/b]
A mineral exploration firm has agreed to take control of the venture to develop Clogau gold mine and other poten
Topic: South/ West/Mid Wales
rufenig

Forum: South Wales   Posted: 10/07/2018 15:50:29   Subject: South/ West/Mid Wales
You may be best joining one of the Caving / Mining clubs.
Tell us where you are based and someone will make recommendations.
Topic: Barmouth Manganese
rufenig

Forum: North Wales   Posted: 30/06/2018 09:17:21   Subject: Barmouth Manganese
I have done the walk up from the town and across the hills. There is plenty to see with masses of working remains.
Well worth doing.
Great views as well.:)
Topic: Arthur Pay - mining engineer
rufenig

Forum: New recruits!   Posted: 19/05/2018 08:52:17   Subject: Arthur Pay - mining engineer
I would suggest Prince Edward island gold fields rather that Wales.

https://www.google.co.uk/url?sa=t&rct=j&q=&esrc=s&source=web&cd=1&ved=2ahUKEwi70qCBpZHbAhUMzlkKHWgiAe8QFjAAegQIARAt&url=h
Topic: New camera
rufenig

Forum: Member Projects   Posted: 14/05/2018 12:13:29   Subject: New camera
I like them Roy.
The simplicity reminds me of the days of film.
I.M.H.O. too many over processed pictures now.
The biggest problem I have with digital is people posting hundreds of vari
Topic: Dowsing for secret underground tunnels etc.
rufenig

Forum: New recruits!   Posted: 09/05/2018 20:54:20   Subject: Dowsing for secret underground tunnels etc.
[quote="trebor"]What power source moves the rods ?
[/quote]

[b][i]"Trans-perambulation of pseudo-cosmic anti-matter."[/i][/b][i] :thumbup:
Topic: Clogau Gold Mine
rufenig

Forum: North Wales   Posted: 03/05/2018 11:22:10   Subject: Clogau Gold Mine
Interesting presentation with clever use of 3D.
However if I had paid for that I would have expected clear visual images not blurry graphics.

Or do the blurred images hide something?
Topic: Mine water clean up.
rufenig

Forum: Mid Wales   Posted: 02/05/2018 16:49:21   Subject: Mine water clean up.
[b]'Staggering' clean-up of river polluted by metal mine[/b]
[i]A pilot scheme to clean rivers polluted by abandoned metal mines has delivered "staggering" results, environment officials have cla
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