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Topic: Southwest copper and tin
somersetminer

Forum: New recruits!   Posted: 07/08/2019 09:41:03   Subject: Southwest copper and tin
[quote="The Fresh Prince of Portreath"]

I was not prepared for the biblical arsenic cloud which came off it. Filled the whole place up with thick smoke. Thankfully no-one was there to witne
Topic: Southwest copper and tin
somersetminer

Forum: New recruits!   Posted: 06/08/2019 22:42:44   Subject: Southwest copper and tin
Cligga is good for tin and also Wherry, the hard part is going to be reducing it in size sufficiently to smelt lots of tin out, if you dont have access to a labs crusher one option is to blank one end
Topic: Construction Phase of 'Woodsmith Mine' Launched by Sirius Minerals
somersetminer

Forum: North East England   Posted: 15/04/2019 21:28:24   Subject: Construction Phase of 'Woodsmith Mine' Launched by Sirius Minerals
[quote="ChrisJC"]

Yes it's completely retarded when you think there is a railway route which could be recommissioned.

Chris.
[/quote]

All very well but wasnt thei
Topic: Weardie Beardies - Cornwall's Mining Oddball Meetup
somersetminer

Forum: South West England   Posted: 07/03/2019 23:06:39   Subject: Weardie Beardies - Cornwall's Mining Oddball Meetup
[quote="Tamarmole"]
Whilst it is true that I do have a lovely beard; I belong to an evil, mine gating, empire building, BCA loving caving club and in consequence dare not show my face west of Cal
Topic: Waterfall Stope
somersetminer

Forum: Mid Wales   Posted: 03/01/2019 22:31:11   Subject: Waterfall Stope
[quote="royfellows"]
I have though been seriously thinking about the time when the projects all finish. Will I feel a vacuum in my life?
Just become another casual explorer wondering around
Topic: Cornish Gold Centre and Tolgus Tin
somersetminer

Forum: South West England   Posted: 03/01/2019 22:24:02   Subject: Cornish Gold Centre and Tolgus Tin
[quote="B175"]

So clearly a unique attraction well worth visiting.

But if they're not so keen to keep it up then maybe some sort of arrangement with, say, the Trevithick Society
Topic: Number of working underground mines in the UK
somersetminer

Forum: General Chat   Posted: 16/12/2018 01:47:21   Subject: Number of working underground mines in the UK
[quote="Dr J"]Steering back on topic :tongue: answer probably best if listed, so, to start (ignoring tourist mines and purely as sites where resource being physically extracted):

...[/quot
Topic: Hemerdon
somersetminer

Forum: South West England   Posted: 13/12/2018 22:38:08   Subject: Hemerdon
[quote="B175"]

Any further news? I read that the workforce were laid off back in early october (Plymouth Herald) but I tend to take newspaper reports with a large pinch etc[/quote]

Topic: Hemerdon
somersetminer

Forum: South West England   Posted: 20/11/2018 23:19:43   Subject: Hemerdon
[quote="Knocker"]
Interesting comments from somersetminer regarding the plant layout, a couple of things: -

1. There is a lack of flotation cells as it is an oxide ore body, the flotat
Topic: Machrihanish Coal Mine
somersetminer

Forum: Scotland   Posted: 15/10/2018 20:06:06   Subject: Machrihanish Coal Mine
An excellent little video about said mine
https://vimeo.com/26629011
Topic: Hemerdon
somersetminer

Forum: South West England   Posted: 15/10/2018 19:44:28   Subject: Hemerdon
Feel free to speculate all you want, the main issue I know was off-spec (not sellable) product, I have a fair idea why.
I'm not a metallurgist though, there could be multiple contributory causes
Topic: Hemerdon
somersetminer

Forum: South West England   Posted: 12/10/2018 22:34:15   Subject: Hemerdon
[photo]116219[/photo]

[photo]116220[/photo]
Topic: Hemerdon
somersetminer

Forum: South West England   Posted: 12/10/2018 22:16:12   Subject: Hemerdon
[quote="The Fresh Prince of Portreath"]I heard from some mineral processing beards on site that they were having problem with their primary crusher (gyratory?) clogging up.

[/quote]
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Topic: Parys Mountain from the air
somersetminer

Forum: General Chat   Posted: 27/08/2018 17:43:57   Subject: Parys Mountain from the air
'The Great Opencast', well named. Nice vid!
Topic: FOR THE LAMP BUFFS
somersetminer

Forum: General Chat   Posted: 23/04/2018 17:34:21   Subject: FOR THE LAMP BUFFS
[quote="sinker"]
In fact they were still in use on the BT Deep Duct Laying contracts until 2001 when they were replaced by MSA gas detectors. The main reason for phasing them out was apparently d
Topic: Cononish Gold Mine
somersetminer

Forum: Scotland   Posted: 22/04/2018 23:08:55   Subject: Cononish Gold Mine
[quote="rikj"]Hard to see how you sell the idea of a gold mine to investors. Although there is some consumer demand for gold it doesn't really behave like other commodities such as oil, wheat etc.
Topic: Welsh coal revival?
somersetminer

Forum: General Chat   Posted: 26/03/2018 00:09:16   Subject: Welsh coal revival?
[quote="Coggy"]As our government is closing all coal fired power stations by 2020, what is the market for this coal ?
[/quote]

Most likely steel production. Lots of coals can be 'coke
Topic: Hemerdon Mine
somersetminer

Forum: South West England   Posted: 07/10/2017 15:37:13   Subject: Hemerdon Mine
[quote="Minegeo"]I understand that the fundamental issue has been variability in the ore types being milled not grade. The issue principally involves the amount of clay minerals, iron oxides, arsenop
Topic: Hemerdon Mine
somersetminer

Forum: South West England   Posted: 03/10/2017 07:05:39   Subject: Hemerdon Mine
Not any more...
Behind on the news though, there appear to be signs that things -might- possibly be heading in the right direction (finally!)
http://www.wolfminerals.com.au/irm/PDF/2284_0/Wo
Topic: South Crofty - Latest?
somersetminer

Forum: South West England   Posted: 22/09/2017 08:55:53   Subject: South Crofty - Latest?
[quote="Dr J"][quote="The Fresh Prince of Portreath"]Looks very very very real. Probably real enough to get people to stump up for the next 1000000km of diamond drilling
[/quote]

:lol:
Topic: Industrial Relics on Film
somersetminer

Forum: General Chat   Posted: 16/09/2017 19:22:35   Subject: Industrial Relics on Film
[quote="Graigfawr"]
Ironbridge put up the wrought iron works in the expectation that there would be a small but steady ongoing market that would approximately cover the cost of fuel for the furna
Topic: Lithium added to mineral list
somersetminer

Forum: Site Updates, Suggestions & Corrections   Posted: 23/08/2017 10:31:26   Subject: Lithium added to mineral list
[quote="The Fresh Prince of Portreath"]But against the background of huge salar desposits and they way they lend themselves to separation (of a saturated solution) Li Micas are a bit of a joke, are th
Topic: Deja Vu!
somersetminer

Forum: North Wales   Posted: 26/07/2017 15:22:04   Subject: Deja Vu!
[quote="Graigfawr"]
The report concludes by "recommended that further work be carried out, including more detailed mine and stope design, underground geotechnical studies, additional infill drill
Topic: The Fellows Ladder
somersetminer

Forum: General Chat   Posted: 30/06/2017 17:59:10   Subject: The Fellows Ladder
Not a bad design, easy to assemble in situ and pretty light for carrying. The angle probably flexes a little in use, T section would be stronger but twice the price I expect
Topic: treskerby mineshafts CORNWALL
somersetminer

Forum: New recruits!   Posted: 11/06/2017 22:57:47   Subject: treskerby mineshafts CORNWALL
Looking at the overlay it would appear to be under one end of the car showroom, I guess you will know if the cap was any good when cars start dissapearing down the hole! :lol:
Interestingly it al
Topic: Climax Imperial Rock Drill rebuild
somersetminer

Forum: Member Projects   Posted: 10/04/2017 13:10:26   Subject: Climax Imperial Rock Drill rebuild
[quote="Tamarmole"]Almost exactly like that. Although typically the drill would be attached to a horizontal arm which in turn is attached to the vertical (jack) bar. This means that the drill can mo
Topic: Remaining Mining Contractors
somersetminer

Forum: General Chat   Posted: 06/04/2017 21:44:43   Subject: Remaining Mining Contractors
[quote="staffordshirechina"]
They had three arms. The SES Contracting arm was the mining one. That has gone. The other two are fine. Sacrificial company set up, I guess.
The website seems to
Topic: Remaining Mining Contractors
somersetminer

Forum: General Chat   Posted: 06/04/2017 19:13:03   Subject: Remaining Mining Contractors
[quote="B175"]Carnon Contracting, Wheal Jane?

[/quote]

Not done any work that would come under mining for some time, they are mostly piling or working on solar farm installations
Topic: Remaining Mining Contractors
somersetminer

Forum: General Chat   Posted: 06/04/2017 19:10:46   Subject: Remaining Mining Contractors
[quote="Jimbo"]
That's a real shame about SES Les, they were involved in some really interesting projects in the past, including much of the new polyhalite development work for Boulby, I suppose
Topic: Remaining Mining Contractors
somersetminer

Forum: General Chat   Posted: 05/04/2017 00:44:04   Subject: Remaining Mining Contractors
[quote="RAMPAGE"][quote="staffordshirechina"]We have had some bad news last night. Our long running contracting company for such as mechanical, electrical, roofbolting and general mining work has gone
Topic: Remaining Mining Contractors
somersetminer

Forum: General Chat   Posted: 04/04/2017 18:55:14   Subject: Remaining Mining Contractors
[quote="Tamarmole"]South West Mining & Tunnelling are still in existence. This is Charlie and Robin Daniel's outfit.[/quote]

On the verge of retirement last I heard.

Drillserve
Topic: Drilling near Chybucca
somersetminer

Forum: Member Projects   Posted: 11/03/2017 12:38:30   Subject: Drilling near Chybucca
yup, you know all that congestion over the moor for the past 8 months to add 2 lanes...thats heading that way soon
Topic: Climax Imperial Rock Drill rebuild
somersetminer

Forum: Member Projects   Posted: 10/03/2017 19:14:11   Subject: Climax Imperial Rock Drill rebuild
Survived the ravages of time well, if the bolts are all original (as they appear to be) I would say this has been a museum/display piece at some point or other.
The compressor we have at the mine
Topic: A previously undocumented manganese mine in Cornwall?
somersetminer

Forum: General Chat   Posted: 13/02/2017 17:33:20   Subject: A previously undocumented manganese mine in Cornwall?
[quote="wheal"]It was apparent that the material removed was part of a ancient raised-beach deposit cemented together by iron and manganese oxides.

This must have been a major undertaking
Topic: Lamp belts wanted
somersetminer

Forum: For Sale! (and wanted / for swap)   Posted: 12/02/2017 22:18:04   Subject: Lamp belts wanted
sent you a PM Pete
Topic: Attaching a lamp bracket
somersetminer

Forum: General Chat   Posted: 10/02/2017 22:47:36   Subject: Attaching a lamp bracket
[quote="B175"]
I recently bought a modern safety helmet fitted with a light clip and that appeared to be post-fixed - not "holed" at moulding stage.[/quote]

Thats quite right, brackets
Topic: Update on active Forest of Dean coal mines
somersetminer

Forum: Midlands   Posted: 21/01/2017 11:40:48   Subject: Update on active Forest of Dean coal mines
[quote="Graigfawr"]
Unfortunately there seems to be no clues online since the end of 2015 as to exactly what has been happening at Aberpergwm. When DUKES 2017 is published in summer 2017, the Coa
Topic: Update on active Forest of Dean coal mines
somersetminer

Forum: Midlands   Posted: 20/01/2017 22:04:32   Subject: Update on active Forest of Dean coal mines
[quote="Graigfawr"]
Update to the south Wales situation: it is reported on Welsh Coal Mines site that Danygraig No.4 has resumed production.
[/quote]

Graigfawr, what is the curren
Topic: Helmet Tips
somersetminer

Forum: Mining Heritage   Posted: 20/11/2016 22:52:36   Subject: Helmet Tips
[quote="derrick man"]I've never worn one with a lamp, I've got a couple of miners helmets and they serve for me.

The Centurion is a good hat, though, robust, cheap, easily available and the
Topic: Oldham charger frames
somersetminer

Forum: General Chat   Posted: 16/11/2016 23:44:05   Subject: Oldham charger frames
[quote="legendrider"]Or give Harworth Estates a bell before they really start tearing into Kellingley?

MARK[/quote]

Bit late for that, the lamps went from there in the summer! En
Topic: Historic Photographs Of Kennisham Hill (album)
somersetminer

Forum: South West England   Posted: 11/11/2016 00:28:23   Subject: Historic Photographs Of Kennisham Hill (album)
The Kennisham mine engine house was very close to where you were standing to take those photos, sadly blown up by the forestry commission in 1978!
Topic: Wisdom lamp 3
somersetminer

Forum: Lamps & Lighting   Posted: 04/11/2016 19:03:15   Subject: Wisdom lamp 3
[quote="AdM Michael"]A good miner will break anything given to him. ;)

When I was in charge of a lamproom in the UK we got at least one Oldham "G" with per week that didn't survive being ru
Topic: Wisdom lamp 3
somersetminer

Forum: Lamps & Lighting   Posted: 04/11/2016 17:35:23   Subject: Wisdom lamp 3
Orange batteries, that would be the H2 ones
Topic: Wisdom lamp 3
somersetminer

Forum: Lamps & Lighting   Posted: 04/11/2016 17:14:50   Subject: Wisdom lamp 3
[quote="SimonRL"][
The CSM ones if I recall correctly date back to when they were Optimac Halo, before becoming 3M Halo, before becoming Oldham Halo, before becoming defunct-Halo.

I've
Topic: Wisdom lamp 3
somersetminer

Forum: Lamps & Lighting   Posted: 04/11/2016 17:07:02   Subject: Wisdom lamp 3
[quote="SimonRL"]
No issues with a helmet mounted ATEX lamp / battery. The Wisdom Cordless 3A comes in an ATEX version, the Oldham DLi is ATEX M1 and the entire KSE ATEX range is cordless.[/quote
Topic: Wisdom lamp 3
somersetminer

Forum: Lamps & Lighting   Posted: 04/11/2016 16:58:51   Subject: Wisdom lamp 3
[quote="SimonRL"] the now defunct Oldham Halo range,[/quote]

are parts still going to be available for the HALO lamps? reason I ask is CSM bought 50 of them
Topic: Wisdom lamp 3
somersetminer

Forum: Lamps & Lighting   Posted: 04/11/2016 16:52:13   Subject: Wisdom lamp 3
[quote="royfellows"]Mainly a question for Simon

Is there some reason, certification or whatever, that miners lamps don't use helmet mount battery packs?

Only I think it a bit naf
Topic: Wisdom lamp 3
somersetminer

Forum: Lamps & Lighting   Posted: 04/11/2016 00:39:54   Subject: Wisdom lamp 3
[quote="John Lawson"]Roy as I stated in my pre-amble,
I am and always will be an Oldham man, it's just an interesting advertisement, which I had not come across before, and I am not sure how man
Topic: Hemerdon/Drakelands latest
somersetminer

Forum: South West England   Posted: 27/10/2016 10:47:39   Subject: Hemerdon/Drakelands latest
[quote="Stephen Young"]Is there a mill flow sheet available?[/quote]

http://min-eng.blogspot.co.uk/2015/06/the-uks-first-metal-mine-in-40-years.html
Topic: Heartlands Project :(
somersetminer

Forum: General Chat   Posted: 18/10/2016 00:13:38   Subject: Heartlands Project :(
[quote="Roy Morton"]
Ellis Moses's outfit down at Bissoe. I remember it well and the Wear transport lot that shipped in the 'stuff' from the burrows later in its existence. I got very handy at do
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