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Posts by ivortheengine

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Topic: UNESCO World Heritage Site, Wales Slate Consultation
ivortheengine

Forum: General Chat   Posted: 26/09/2019 11:31:29   Subject: UNESCO World Heritage Site, Wales Slate Consultation
I can understand your feelings.

Despite having been at this a while, I still don't know how best to describe the collective of us, but 'exploration community' sounds reasonably respectable
Topic: UNESCO World Heritage Site, Wales Slate Consultation
ivortheengine

Forum: General Chat   Posted: 26/09/2019 10:27:59   Subject: UNESCO World Heritage Site, Wales Slate Consultation
Entirely by chance I stumbled across this at a consultation event.

http://www.llechi.cymru/en/The-Nomination/HeritageAtWork.aspx

I spent some time chatting with the representativ
Topic: Golwern Quarry
ivortheengine

Forum: North Wales   Posted: 30/05/2019 15:58:58   Subject: Golwern Quarry
It's inevitable that we are going to see a lot more of this, fuelled by the free availability of info online. Reading up through the thread and looking online I can see that Golwern has been listed on
Topic: Electrical Engineer Help Needed!
ivortheengine

Forum: General Chat   Posted: 30/05/2019 15:46:55   Subject: Electrical Engineer Help Needed!
Wild guess, possibly off a BR Class 14, aka D9500? You might get some help by pursuing that avenue online, poss with some pics of said dynamo. You might also find it's worth more to them as something
Topic: Responsible Exploration / sensitive sites.
ivortheengine

Forum: Exploration Chat   Posted: 24/04/2019 12:37:38   Subject: Responsible Exploration / sensitive sites.
Yes, we do all start somewhere, and Roy's comment voices my own self questioning of stance. My first time UG was in my school shoes, with a torch held between my teeth. But that was as an early teen,
Topic: Responsible Exploration / sensitive sites.
ivortheengine

Forum: Exploration Chat   Posted: 13/04/2019 13:43:00   Subject: Responsible Exploration / sensitive sites.
I know for a really nice looking co*l level. Beyond a roof fall lies a really tantalising heading in perfect nick. Also beyond the roof fall is a complete absence of oxygen.

Maybe I might w
Topic: Responsible Exploration / sensitive sites.
ivortheengine

Forum: Exploration Chat   Posted: 12/04/2019 10:40:21   Subject: Responsible Exploration / sensitive sites.
I have a YT channel but it's used almost exclusively for engineering related stuff.

Looking at the likes of "exploring in trainers" there's a definite need for social approval / ego inflati
Topic: Responsible Exploration / sensitive sites.
ivortheengine

Forum: Exploration Chat   Posted: 11/04/2019 00:30:21   Subject: Responsible Exploration / sensitive sites.
Last week myself and some mates copped a bit of hassle in a Mid Wales pub from an Uneasy Local who'd been riled by the efforts of some high-profile yet frighteningly poorly equipped EweTube explorers.
Topic: Dylife
ivortheengine

Forum: Mid Wales   Posted: 27/02/2019 22:13:30   Subject: Dylife
Drive past here occasionally with craned neck. Always wanted to take more of a mooch but always feel I'm being watched!
Topic: Lead mining at Llangynog
ivortheengine

Forum: North Wales   Posted: 27/02/2019 22:02:20   Subject: Lead mining at Llangynog
I visited Maengwynedd aka Cwm Maengwynedd last year. Nice walk up with a reservoir and drumhouse to see, and 'sort of' underground remains.
Topic: Quarry for sale....
ivortheengine

Forum: North Wales   Posted: 11/11/2018 15:52:07   Subject: Quarry for sale....
Interesting, that is not what I'd been told by a resident of Corris with connections to the Community Council also a locally based business with an interest in the mines of the area.

Rumour
Topic: Penarth Odd Metal work; any ideas
ivortheengine

Forum: North Wales   Posted: 27/10/2018 12:43:32   Subject: Penarth Odd Metal work; any ideas
It looks quite LARGE for narrow gauge track? Could we have an approximate set of dimensions for the thing poking out of the ground please?

I agree that it looks a repurposed something else,
Topic: Quarry for sale....
ivortheengine

Forum: North Wales   Posted: 16/10/2018 18:59:57   Subject: Quarry for sale....
I understand that the quarry was the property of a nearby outdoor activity centre which has recently gone out of business... hence the sale.

Meanwhile following a lot of recent over exposur
Topic: Llangan Lead Mines
ivortheengine

Forum: South Wales   Posted: 08/08/2018 09:25:51   Subject: Llangan Lead Mines
Straight on the case and bristling with useful info! Thank you, Morlock!
Topic: Llangan Lead Mines
ivortheengine

Forum: South Wales   Posted: 08/08/2018 00:07:32   Subject: Llangan Lead Mines
I heard a bit about them when I was doing stuff with the Glamorgan & Gwent branch of the national vintage tractor & engine club. One of the members had bought a place in this area with a vertical shaf
Topic: Cwmmaengwynedd aka Maengwynedd
ivortheengine

Forum: Mid Wales   Posted: 04/12/2017 00:44:41   Subject: Cwmmaengwynedd aka Maengwynedd
[quote="mikehiggins"]Back from holiday now and as promised I've uploaded a copy of Wren's plan to documents associated with Cwmmaengwynedd. Hope that folk find this useful.[/quote]

Thanks M
Topic: Cwmmaengwynedd aka Maengwynedd
ivortheengine

Forum: Mid Wales   Posted: 08/10/2017 23:31:34   Subject: Cwmmaengwynedd aka Maengwynedd
OK thanks all.

I will be doing a return visit, but unsure when. I think the "tunnel" is def worth further investigation, and this time dry socks will be packed for the wet adit.
Topic: Cwmmaengwynedd aka Maengwynedd
ivortheengine

Forum: Mid Wales   Posted: 05/10/2017 01:54:45   Subject: Cwmmaengwynedd aka Maengwynedd
Thanks, responders!

The book is indeed the Wilfrid J. Wren book.

My interpretation of the maps within lead me to believe that there were (are?) at least two adits, one of which i
Topic: Cwmmaengwynedd aka Maengwynedd
ivortheengine

Forum: Mid Wales   Posted: 02/10/2017 21:27:52   Subject: Cwmmaengwynedd aka Maengwynedd
Sorry, I am being very vague indeed, and not deliberately. This slate mine is near Pistyll Rhaeadr aka Rhaeadr Falls. If you've been there, you might know the answer, if you haven't, don't worry becau
Topic: Sensitive sites and discretion
ivortheengine

Forum: General Chat   Posted: 17/08/2017 00:57:17   Subject: Sensitive sites and discretion
seriously, can people just stop giving them info online? Most of the glory hunters are too lazy / dumb to do proper research in books, libraries and archive offices.
Topic: Sensitive sites and discretion
ivortheengine

Forum: General Chat   Posted: 13/08/2017 15:00:06   Subject: Sensitive sites and discretion
Crikey.

Thank you, Bogieman. It may be that I should have scrolled back to see if this subject had already been covered. Some action taken at least though :curse:
Topic: Sensitive sites and discretion
ivortheengine

Forum: General Chat   Posted: 13/08/2017 14:27:03   Subject: Sensitive sites and discretion
It's been a while since I've posted on here but the attached link has rather boiled my ****.

www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-4552776...derground-caves.html

So, whilst the rest o
Topic: Cwmorthin Managers Office
ivortheengine

Forum: North Wales   Posted: 30/06/2017 23:06:02   Subject: Cwmorthin Managers Office
Fantastic work. Looks amazing. Really pleased to see this building having such TLC. Thank you to all who helped.
Topic: Unknown structure leading to Unknown due to flooded, phurnacite river bank abercwmboi (photo)
ivortheengine

Forum: South Wales   Posted: 22/11/2016 22:52:13   Subject: Unknown structure leading to Unknown due to flooded, phurnacite river bank abercwmboi (photo)
Hmm that looks likely. I'd looked at the road..... on Google Earth there does not appear to be a depression on the other side... I presume the quarry is now infilled?
Topic: Unknown structure leading to Unknown due to flooded, phurnacite river bank abercwmboi (photo)
ivortheengine

Forum: South Wales   Posted: 21/11/2016 23:49:58   Subject: Unknown structure leading to Unknown due to flooded, phurnacite river bank abercwmboi (photo)
Further up the line, above Mountain Ash station, LHS as you go up, presently hidden by knotweed but wait for winter, is what appears to be an opening (adit?) built into the retaining wall which suppor
Topic: Rhosydd - sheep in Twll
ivortheengine

Forum: General Chat   Posted: 05/07/2016 11:24:29   Subject: Rhosydd - sheep in Twll
Brill,

Thank you Miles. All to often things like this become Chinese whispers and go awry, thank you.... There was a bird of prey circling and it seemed like a grim ending was likely.
Topic: Rhosydd - sheep in Twll
ivortheengine

Forum: General Chat   Posted: 04/07/2016 23:19:02   Subject: Rhosydd - sheep in Twll
I have tried to pass the message on but so far have not got any confirmation that the right person (i.e. the farmer) has received it.

There are 3 sheep stuck in the Twll which drops down in
Topic: Who owns Gleision Colliery?
ivortheengine

Forum: General Chat   Posted: 28/06/2016 10:03:14   Subject: Who owns Gleision Colliery?
Funny you say that..... it was considered to return wearing hi-viz.

The HSE Accident report makes interesting reading.
Topic: Who owns Gleision Colliery?
ivortheengine

Forum: General Chat   Posted: 28/06/2016 00:42:06   Subject: Who owns Gleision Colliery?
Was wandering the woods around there today....

Spotted a chap in a hi-viz in one of the cabins. Mooching, or official?
Topic: Blackett Level Oxygen Level Warning
ivortheengine

Forum: North East England   Posted: 06/11/2015 11:36:04   Subject: Blackett Level Oxygen Level Warning
Remark about varying levels.... yes, indeed. I was in a Welsh c*al drift recently and found that gusts of wind outside were causing pockets of bad air to move around within the mine. One minute you'd
Topic: Blackett Level Oxygen Level Warning
ivortheengine

Forum: North East England   Posted: 05/11/2015 22:46:52   Subject: Blackett Level Oxygen Level Warning
To add to the debate, I'm using an MSA Altair 4. I'm not keen on electronic gadgets, but unlike the flame safety lamp, it chirps to tell you it's still OK, and makes things very clear if you are somew
Topic: Can anyone help explain this?
ivortheengine

Forum: General Chat   Posted: 05/01/2015 14:29:40   Subject: Can anyone help explain this?
In defence of Tony Blair, I suspect his uses this pseudonym as it's so striking that most people will realise, or ask the question at least, that it is just that: a pseudonym. Much more obvious than,
Topic: Bounce Below at Llechwedd
ivortheengine

Forum: North Wales   Posted: 16/06/2014 14:36:03   Subject: Bounce Below at Llechwedd
Yes, it would be nice if the chambers were preserved to reflect the history - but the comments about employment of locals and quite possibly that the new attraction will make the others more viable ar
Topic: south wales
ivortheengine

Forum: New recruits!   Posted: 13/06/2014 17:41:37   Subject: south wales
I am in South Wales. I fairly regularly go up to North for the UCET trips I can get to, but also fairly active in the South on cloak & dagger missions - would be most interested to hear yours - I hav
Topic: Cwrt-y-Bugail Slate Mine query
ivortheengine

Forum: North Wales   Posted: 21/12/2013 22:54:54   Subject: Cwrt-y-Bugail Slate Mine query
A lot of people seem walk down the tramway from the Welsh Slate premises. Its a bit of a trek but a nice walk, oddly even when the weather is as you'd expect of Blaenau Ffestiniog!
Topic: generating interest in south wales
ivortheengine

Forum: New recruits!   Posted: 20/12/2013 00:42:20   Subject: generating interest in south wales
'scuse my ignorance (or lack of humour - I have a good excuse!)..... visiting where?
Topic: Calendars - 4 left
ivortheengine

Forum: General Chat   Posted: 18/12/2013 20:31:46   Subject: Calendars - 4 left
one down!
Topic: Garth Iron Mine
ivortheengine

Forum: South Wales   Posted: 18/12/2013 19:54:28   Subject: Garth Iron Mine
The steel door to the adit is now welded shut. But go up on the mountain top, past the entry for the T.S. Rees quarry, skirt around the side of the steel gantry and there is a hole (maybe 6-8 feet dia
Topic: New event added 'Summer Meet 2013 - Friday' on 12/07/2013 at 10:00
ivortheengine

Forum: Events   Posted: 25/06/2013 20:43:27   Subject: New event added 'Summer Meet 2013 - Friday' on 12/07/2013 at 10:00
I have the time off work, would like to come again, am pretty graceless at SRT but always seem to get there eventually (feel free to consult lab rat for second opinion) particularly interested in anyw
Topic: Most worrying place you've ever been in a mine...
ivortheengine

Forum: General Chat   Posted: 01/01/2013 00:15:22   Subject: Most worrying place you've ever been in a mine...
I'll freely admit to being easily freaked and with not a jot of the experience of others, but.... more of a situation than a place.

An iron mine I took a friend in, been there loads of time
Topic: possible mooch... South Wales
ivortheengine

Forum: Member Projects   Posted: 27/09/2012 05:35:31   Subject: possible mooch... South Wales
Ah.... Thank you JR... somehow the humour was lost on me... as far as some of the AN mooches go I thought this might be considered pretty tame and boring... :)
Topic: possible mooch... South Wales
ivortheengine

Forum: Member Projects   Posted: 25/09/2012 18:50:08   Subject: possible mooch... South Wales
[quote="rhychydwr"]No way.

Disgusted, Cwm Park.[/quote]

Obviously you know a lot more about this than myself... maybe you could share your knowledge?

If there are stro
Topic: possible mooch... South Wales
ivortheengine

Forum: Member Projects   Posted: 24/09/2012 21:00:28   Subject: possible mooch... South Wales
If I may be forgiven: Not a mine, but built to serve a mining region: The Rhondda Tunnel. Shut late 1960s and since infilled at both ends. Around 2, 1/4 miles long single bore railway tunnel. Near Tre
Topic: Garth Iron Mine
ivortheengine

Forum: South Wales   Posted: 22/09/2012 13:56:50   Subject: Garth Iron Mine
[quote="Morlock"][quote="ivortheengine"]Bringing an inflatable dingy will allow you to cross the first flooded bit thats reached from the main adit - didn't have time but there are definitely other pa
Topic: Garth Iron Mine
ivortheengine

Forum: South Wales   Posted: 22/09/2012 00:22:31   Subject: Garth Iron Mine
Its still open. As in, the main adit. Big green steel door that's not locked. Bear in mind the possibility that the quarry above (and there are two - Cemex and TS Rees) you may well be blasting when y
Topic: Maenofferen petrol locomotive
ivortheengine

Forum: North East England   Posted: 22/09/2012 00:18:42   Subject: Maenofferen petrol locomotive
you could try www.festipedia.org

a 'mine' of useful info on the Ffestiniog Railway and its associated tramways and mines..
Topic: Best wellies
ivortheengine

Forum: General Chat   Posted: 18/07/2012 11:03:48   Subject: Best wellies
Dunlop Purofort Thermo Plus.... expensive but popular with farmers on account of their comfort and long life, but toasty warm and so comfortable that when they die I will convert them to slippers. Sup
Topic: Garth Iron Mine
ivortheengine

Forum: South Wales   Posted: 18/07/2012 10:52:38   Subject: Garth Iron Mine
A fantastic maze of mine workings reputed to date from the 1550s up to around the 1920s: some straight, modern adits from which lead a chaotic and warrenesque array of small chambers, many barely larg
Topic: Llangeinor/Llangynwyd Mines
ivortheengine

Forum: New recruits!   Posted: 09/01/2012 16:09:44   Subject: Llangeinor/Llangynwyd Mines
Bridgend reference library still hold the maps that Morlock mentioned - and whilst many mines are named it's unclear which one this is. The staff there were very helpful! New Mountain Level is clearly
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