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Posts by Phil Ford

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Topic: Mine Headframes in the British Isles
Phil Ford

Forum: Mining Heritage   Posted: 12/04/2016 17:43:19   Subject: Mine Headframes in the British Isles
There are two at Ironbridge, one has a steam winding engine that gets fired for demonstrations they raise and lower a small cage in the shaft.
Topic: Big tunnel entrance in Dinorwic...
Phil Ford

Forum: North Wales   Posted: 07/04/2016 15:31:45   Subject: Big tunnel entrance in Dinorwic...
No chance of hearing the tours, there is a big seal along the tunnel, all the water flows on the other side with a 60m head.
Topic: Big tunnel entrance in Dinorwic...
Phil Ford

Forum: North Wales   Posted: 06/04/2016 17:53:09   Subject: Big tunnel entrance in Dinorwic...
It was the Low Pressure adit construction portal. The low pressure tunnel comes from the bottom of Llyn Machlyn under Elidir to the High Pressure Shaft to send the water down to the power station. Whe
Topic: Long Rake Winder
Phil Ford

Forum: Midlands   Posted: 20/12/2014 19:17:49   Subject: Long Rake Winder
I saw this type of haulage engine down No1 pit at Cronton Colliery when No1 shaft was being filled, We went to inspect the steelwork that had been erected at the shaft bottom to enable the shaft to be
Topic: Point of Ayr Colliery headgear returns as memorial
Phil Ford

Forum: North Wales   Posted: 05/12/2014 16:49:18   Subject: Point of Ayr Colliery headgear returns as memorial
It was the main wheel on No 2 pit. It only had a small 4 man cage in that shaft.
Topic: Point of Ayr Colliery headgear returns as memorial
Phil Ford

Forum: North Wales   Posted: 05/12/2014 16:37:59   Subject: Point of Ayr Colliery headgear returns as memorial
It is only the top section of No2 pit headgear. It was cut down to that size to be an exibit at Greenfield Valley Heratage Park. All the mining bits that they had where put at the back of the park and
Topic: Colliers migration, West Derby to Wrexham
Phil Ford

Forum: Genealogy   Posted: 09/09/2014 18:04:21   Subject: Colliers migration, West Derby to Wrexham
My wifes family moved from Wigan pits to Englefield Colliery near Holywell Flintshire in the 1920s. Englefield was being developed towards the River Dee then.
Topic: Colliers migration, West Derby to Wrexham
Phil Ford

Forum: Genealogy   Posted: 08/09/2014 17:40:38   Subject: Colliers migration, West Derby to Wrexham
A lot of the Cunnagh family moved to this area from Mold area when the pits around Mold closed not long after the First World War. Cronton Colliery was taking on men at the time, being newly opened i
Topic: Victor coal saw
Phil Ford

Forum: General Chat   Posted: 15/08/2013 07:49:13   Subject: Victor coal saw
After operating a Victor for 18 months I cannot see anyway that you could cut coal with it.
Topic: Victor coal saw
Phil Ford

Forum: General Chat   Posted: 14/08/2013 21:58:59   Subject: Victor coal saw
The Victor Drilling machine had a drive on it that used the toothed bar when drilling. The drive was through a simple clutch, when the drilling rods where extracted we had to disengage the clutch and
Topic: Victor coal saw
Phil Ford

Forum: General Chat   Posted: 14/08/2013 13:40:54   Subject: Victor coal saw
We had no problem drilling a 30ft advance borehole in our main dip, there was a lot of water coming in the coal from the outcrop. That flowed out and cleared the hole. For drilling in stone or dry gro
Topic: Victor coal saw
Phil Ford

Forum: General Chat   Posted: 13/08/2013 14:58:57   Subject: Victor coal saw
The it has been set up on the main bar at a right angle. the drill should be parallel to the bar. One end of the bar has a pointed end with a spring to help tension it in place the other end (shown) i
Topic: Victor coal saw
Phil Ford

Forum: General Chat   Posted: 13/08/2013 07:51:03   Subject: Victor coal saw
That is not a coal saw it is a Victor Drilling machine that has been put together the wrong way around. I used a Victor at Cronton Colliery in the 1960s boring 150ft water infusion holes. We also had
Topic: Pretoria Pit Avonside Loco
Phil Ford

Forum: North West England   Posted: 11/07/2013 08:25:26   Subject: Pretoria Pit Avonside Loco
I do not think it was at Cronton, the steam locos that we had there where named Cronton, Monty and Robin Hill. The three locos at Cronton all where sent to Kirkless works in the early 1970s for major
Topic: NCB Brickworks
Phil Ford

Forum: General Chat   Posted: 04/12/2012 19:50:22   Subject: NCB Brickworks
We had a brickworks at Cronton Colliery Lancashire. The control of it was taken over by The London Brick Co. in the 1960s. The L.B.C. was owned by the NCB.
Topic: Maltby faces closure
Phil Ford

Forum: North West England   Posted: 08/10/2012 19:48:32   Subject: Maltby faces closure
It could be that with the proposed closure of our good working coal-fired power stations that Hargreaves are getting out now without investing more into the pit before the loss of orders. No doubt
Topic: Mining jobs for Cumbria?
Phil Ford

Forum: General Chat   Posted: 08/10/2012 12:24:37   Subject: Mining jobs for Cumbria?
In 1985 some ex Haig Colliery men moved to Point of Ayr. They where saying then that development work was carried out in solid ground away from the coal workings at Haig in preparation for a nuclear w
Topic: Is this a real lamp ?
Phil Ford

Forum: General Chat   Posted: 17/06/2012 07:44:13   Subject: Is this a real lamp ?
They used to sell thease orniments in the pit canteen in the 1980s for about four quid. They are only 3 inches tall, cannot be opened or lit and do not have an LED.
I have on on my desk. :)
Topic: Deepest mine shafts in UK?
Phil Ford

Forum: General Chat   Posted: 28/05/2012 21:55:56   Subject: Deepest mine shafts in UK?
Llay Main, Wrexham was initialy sunk to 905 yds No1 shaft
810 yds No2 shaft
Both shafts wound to 776 yds. The Colliery started win
Topic: 18.11.1984 (photo)
Phil Ford

Forum: North West England   Posted: 10/04/2012 17:36:22   Subject: 18.11.1984 (photo)
I saw the shaftsmen going down on top of the cage in No1 one afternoon in 66, that was the only time I saw No 1 winding, it must have been the same winder that had raised coal untill 64. They did not
Topic: 18.11.1984 (photo)
Phil Ford

Forum: North West England   Posted: 10/04/2012 13:54:16   Subject: 18.11.1984 (photo)
In the photo 18.11.1984 No 2 & No3 (upcast) are still standing, No1 was at the bottom right of the photo coverd by concreat. No1 was filled in around 1967 and the headgear dismantled in 1972.
Topic: 18.11.1984 (photo)
Phil Ford

Forum: North West England   Posted: 10/04/2012 13:47:45   Subject: 18.11.1984 (photo)
Cronton was not all electric, No 1 Pit had a Steam Winder

Photograph:

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Topic: Underground Above Horwich Lancashire
Phil Ford

Forum: For Sale! (and wanted / for swap)   Posted: 11/03/2012 17:39:41   Subject: Underground Above Horwich Lancashire
Yes it was good going around the mines then before the seal it off lot got going. Have you still got my 240v electric claxon as well as the stamp ?
I have just looked into my PM box and must apol
Topic: Milwr Tunnel Hydro Electric Proposal
Phil Ford

Forum: North Wales   Posted: 10/03/2012 20:19:33   Subject: Milwr Tunnel Hydro Electric Proposal
There was an artical in todays Daily Post 3/10/2012 about a proposal to build a hydro electric plant at the outfall of Milwr Tunnel.
Topic: Underground Above Horwich Lancashire
Phil Ford

Forum: For Sale! (and wanted / for swap)   Posted: 08/03/2012 16:42:58   Subject: Underground Above Horwich Lancashire
A group of us from Wigan Mining Tech used to go up there during the 1960s. We got into coal workings where the diging for the crashed aircraft was carried out. We went a long way in the old pillar an
Topic: What is this?
Phil Ford

Forum: General Chat   Posted: 04/03/2012 17:26:32   Subject: What is this?
Its a Lancashire Boiler. Many small mines have used them to get into good groung from the surface. The last that I saw was at Tan Llan Colliery, Treuddyn, Mold, N wales. They did an open cut down to
Topic: Snowdonia Mines Access and Conservation Group Inaugural Meeting
Phil Ford

Forum: North Wales   Posted: 27/02/2012 16:18:22   Subject: Snowdonia Mines Access and Conservation Group Inaugural Meeting
Things have not changed much in 30 years in North Wales, some people empire building on top of the good very hard work and name of underground explorers. :guns:
Topic: Jumbo drilling rigs
Phil Ford

Forum: General Chat   Posted: 08/02/2012 22:05:58   Subject: Jumbo drilling rigs
We had a drilling rig built on the base of a tracked electric emco at Sutton Manor Colliery in the 70s when the loco tunnel was being extended into the Barrows Green area.
It had four drillin
Topic: Waenlas (Bach) drainage level
Phil Ford

Forum: North Wales   Posted: 07/02/2012 21:41:36   Subject: Waenlas (Bach) drainage level
There are two ways into the Drainage level near to the side of the river Alun, the one to the south is the best way. Map ref: SJ193607 near to the weir marked on the os map. :thumbup:
Topic: Waenlas (Bach) drainage level
Phil Ford

Forum: North Wales   Posted: 07/02/2012 21:21:46   Subject: Waenlas (Bach) drainage level
The Drainage level is a crawl from just inside the entrance for a good way. It is stone arched all the way until it opens out into a good size tunnel. The low section may have been cut and filled. It
Topic: Most worrying place you've ever been in a mine...
Phil Ford

Forum: General Chat   Posted: 06/01/2012 20:54:57   Subject: Most worrying place you've ever been in a mine...
The most worrying place that I have been in was Plodder 6s face at Cronton Colliery Lancashire in 1968. I was doing my face training at the time. There was a bad roof fall on the face blocking the way
Topic: NCB oil lamp flame guide on Ebay.
Phil Ford

Forum: Lamps & Lighting   Posted: 01/12/2011 20:18:12   Subject: NCB oil lamp flame guide on Ebay.
Explosive range of Methane CH4 is 5 to 15 %
Topic: please help solve a 15 year puzzle for me
Phil Ford

Forum: New recruits!   Posted: 21/10/2011 11:50:15   Subject: please help solve a 15 year puzzle for me
I remember seeing the same. I worked at Dinorwic on the pumped storage scheme in the 70s. I remember that the was a cable going accross a slate pit with the remains of an old blondin hanging from it.
Topic: Gresford Colliery Disaster
Phil Ford

Forum: North Wales   Posted: 27/09/2011 09:25:43   Subject: Gresford Colliery Disaster
Read the report on the North Wales Miners Association web site for what realy went on following the disaster.
I heard many different tails in the past but what is in that report is a real suppri
Topic: Gresford Colliery Disaster
Phil Ford

Forum: North Wales   Posted: 26/09/2011 20:01:36   Subject: Gresford Colliery Disaster
Following the explosion in 1934 the pit was seald off. In 1935 it was reopend. During the recovery opperations the rescue teams where not allowed to go down into the Dennis district to recover the men
Topic: What's the toughest trip you've ever done?
Phil Ford

Forum: General Chat   Posted: 25/08/2011 10:04:32   Subject: What's the toughest trip you've ever done?
Masson Mine through trip in the early 1970s. I think that it was the first large group to do that trip. I found the connection very hard not being small. We had made one great error we had not allowed
Topic: Clogwyn Coch
Phil Ford

Forum: North Wales   Posted: 10/08/2011 22:56:52   Subject: Clogwyn Coch
A group of us explored both mines in 1968. Most of the Britannia levels where open then. Clogwyn was interesting, we went into a few levels but they where disapointing exept for some big wide stopes.
Topic: Deepest coal shaft in UK
Phil Ford

Forum: General Chat   Posted: 15/06/2011 14:18:40   Subject: Deepest coal shaft in UK
Clock Face Colliery Shafts where just over 600yds deep. They where sunk down to the Wigan 4ft & 5ft seams the same as Sutton Manor next to it.
I have seen a referance stating that Clock was a lo
Topic: Filming Opportunity- HELP AND ADVICE WANTED!!
Phil Ford

Forum: General Chat   Posted: 13/06/2011 19:26:24   Subject: Filming Opportunity- HELP AND ADVICE WANTED!!
Many years ago they filmed some of Juliet Bravo down Grimebridge Colliery, Lancashire then there has been the Coalhouse series filmed partialy underground in South Wales.
Topic: Tony Jarratt visits Doe Lea drift
Phil Ford

Forum: Midlands   Posted: 07/06/2011 11:25:38   Subject: Tony Jarratt visits Doe Lea drift
Tony came down Coed Talon Colliery in the early 1970s one sunday afternoon with me. I was fireing shots in two of the headings so that there was coal ready for monday morning.
I dont think that T
Topic: Auchengeich Colliery Coal Mine
Phil Ford

Forum: Scotland   Posted: 25/04/2011 16:47:20   Subject: Auchengeich Colliery Coal Mine
There is information about Auchengeigh Colliery on the Scottish Coalmines web site. It has the full list of the men that died in Sept 1959 plus a report into the disaster.
Topic: any info on this
Phil Ford

Forum: North West England   Posted: 19/04/2011 08:35:44   Subject: any info on this
I think it was the chimney for the foundry by Haigh Hall. It was built up there to take the smoke away from the hall area.
Topic: Hilltop coal mine and Billy Clayton
Phil Ford

Forum: North West England   Posted: 09/04/2011 11:28:09   Subject: Hilltop coal mine and Billy Clayton
I was lucky to have met Bill at Grimebridge and Tan Llan Collierys. His passing away was a great loss to our industry. Good to see that young Billy is winning coal like his dad.
Topic: painting of Lead mining near Caernarvon
Phil Ford

Forum: North Wales   Posted: 07/04/2011 09:25:56   Subject: painting of Lead mining near Caernarvon
Looks like Llanrwst Mine at Nant BH.
Topic: Hey up
Phil Ford

Forum: New recruits!   Posted: 25/03/2011 16:55:14   Subject: Hey up
Ay up T pot, The last time I saw you was at Tidser climbing on a big building opersite the pub. It was the night that Martin Bishop was hit buy a car outside the pub I think that was about 1976. A bit
Topic: A little help please.
Phil Ford

Forum: New recruits!   Posted: 02/03/2011 16:27:23   Subject: A little help please.
I remember a rail conection that went over to Sutton Manor that went under the main railway line. There was a footpath that went over past St Annes Well to Rainhill, I do not remember a foot bridge ov
Topic: A little help please.
Phil Ford

Forum: New recruits!   Posted: 01/03/2011 18:35:46   Subject: A little help please.
The two main shafts at Lea Green Colliery where called No 1 King Pit and No 2 Queen Pit.
The seams worked there in the 1950s where: Higher Florida, Lower Florida, Wigan Five Feet, Wigan Four Fe
Topic: Rockrift powder
Phil Ford

Forum: General Chat   Posted: 26/01/2011 22:35:12   Subject: Rockrift powder
We used to use an explosive made at Cookes called Rockite they changed the name about 1977 to Trimobel. It was used for pre-splitting in large blasts. It came in 30inch sticks 3/4 inch diameter, each
Topic: six bells history
Phil Ford

Forum: New recruits!   Posted: 29/12/2010 18:04:44   Subject: six bells history
I do not know how they can attribute the coal on the Titanic to any single colliery. At the time of here trials and sailing there was a coal strike. The White Star Line took coal from many of there sh
Topic: NCB Old Boston Training Centre, Haydock
Phil Ford

Forum: North West England   Posted: 10/12/2010 18:06:00   Subject: NCB Old Boston Training Centre, Haydock
Should have said that the building in the photo was the winding house. There where two winders one at each end of the bulding. The shafts where opersite each end. The building was made into workshops
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