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Topic: Manor (Wakefield) Coal Mine (mine)
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Forum: Mining Heritage   Posted: 14/07/2020 09:16:06   Subject: Manor (Wakefield) Coal Mine (mine)
[quote="Cyril Maurice"]After contacting the Coal Authority, they told me that there are two boreholes, one to the Manor Colliery Haigh moor seam (9's Panel) , ,and the other to the Horbury Rock (Sand
Topic: Old miner's lamp
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Forum: General Chat   Posted: 09/06/2020 10:18:34   Subject: Old miner's lamp
[quote="crickleymal"]I've just seen this on eBay. Any comments? What battery would it use?
https://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/Vintage-MINERS-LAMP/293307928806?hash=item444a83d0e6:g:rfQAAOSwdkNdpxum[/quo
Topic: Photographs Of Cropper Gate Pit (album)
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Forum: North East England   Posted: 09/06/2020 07:35:02   Subject: Photographs Of Cropper Gate Pit (album)
[quote="Cyril Maurice"]Brilliant pictures Leew, sadly now all gone, the small headgear went a few years ago and now filled (I think) and covered, with a big house on the site of it.[/quote]

Topic: New user looking for mine records
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Forum: New recruits!   Posted: 27/04/2020 20:14:20   Subject: New user looking for mine records
Hi there, you should be able to use the search function to find details of the mine, which is listed on the site.
Note that you'll need to use the correct spelling, which is : Hay Royds Colliery
Topic: Fisma carbide lamp
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Forum: Lamps & Lighting   Posted: 26/04/2020 13:12:31   Subject: Fisma carbide lamp
Try some gentle cleaning on the inside of the water chamber, see if there's any sign of a "fill to" water level line.
Think pot noodle, lol....

Topic: Fisma carbide lamp
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Forum: Lamps & Lighting   Posted: 26/04/2020 11:06:02   Subject: Fisma carbide lamp
[quote="Morlock"]An image of the hand held part from its other end would be helpful.:)[/quote]

There's more images in the album....

Trying to imagine how there's a gas tight seal
Topic: The ‘Office’
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Forum: Mining Heritage   Posted: 23/04/2020 13:17:10   Subject: The ‘Office’
[quote="Morlock"]I suspect I'd had a lifetime noise overdose by the time I finished my apprenticeship in 1969, foundry/riveting/machine shop etc. This was followed by many years of no compulsory PPE.<
Topic: Miners Tools.
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Forum: Mining Methods & Techniques   Posted: 23/04/2020 11:22:37   Subject: Miners Tools.
[quote="speculator"]The hammer head is so mushroomed and the claw so curled that I don't think any steel was ever involved. My feeling is that it was made from recycled iron in the days when that was
Topic: Miners Tools.
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Forum: Mining Methods & Techniques   Posted: 23/04/2020 07:10:47   Subject: Miners Tools.
Yes, the claw hammer has some age to it, almost sure to be blacksmith made. I think the small pick is a modern mortar pick, used by builders to rake out old mortar before re pointing work. The old h
Topic: Miners Tools.
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Forum: Mining Methods & Techniques   Posted: 21/04/2020 10:08:49   Subject: Miners Tools.
[quote="AR"]I didn't think the double-head pick was old when I looked at it, and I'm sure it's cast steel, not wrought iron. There are known to have been very small picks used in lead mining and there
Topic: Miners Tools.
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Forum: Mining Methods & Techniques   Posted: 21/04/2020 08:46:21   Subject: Miners Tools.
[quote="pwhole"]We also found this pick at roughly the same time and depth, though we were never quite as certain on whether this one was as old. The near tip does seem to be 'peeling' back though lik
Topic: Miners Tools.
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Forum: Mining Methods & Techniques   Posted: 20/04/2020 08:32:58   Subject: Miners Tools.
[quote="pwhole"]We found this splendid example whilst excavating the shaft at Longcliffe - it was buried in the rubble about 10m below the original start level and 10m above the eventual floor, so mos
Topic: underground frickley (photo)
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Forum: General Chat   Posted: 04/04/2020 15:39:54   Subject: underground frickley (photo)
[quote="staffordshirechina"]Again from memory, the ones I saw at the training centre were on Dowty props, not those mechanical ones in the photo.
The Dowty props had castellated heads to interloc
Topic: underground frickley (photo)
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Forum: General Chat   Posted: 04/04/2020 08:39:07   Subject: underground frickley (photo)
That's really interesting and a good find. I used Groetschel bars on a training face, some 50 years ago, in conjunction with Dowty props. Vividly remember the pair of neat little hanging brackets th
Topic: What’s the strangest thing you’ve found?
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Forum: General Chat   Posted: 30/03/2020 17:02:19   Subject: What’s the strangest thing you’ve found?
[quote="royfellows"]There's a saying in Yorkshire, ..........[/quote]

"Where there's muck, there's Bra's" ;)
Topic: underground frickley (photo)
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Forum: General Chat   Posted: 30/03/2020 14:26:55   Subject: underground frickley (photo)
Thanks, really interesting info. I did wonder about a trepanner but only studied them in mining journals. The pit I was at seemed to favour BJD stuff.
Another thing about that photo is how tidy
Topic: underground frickley (photo)
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Forum: General Chat   Posted: 30/03/2020 13:33:52   Subject: underground frickley (photo)
[quote="staffordshirechina"]This looks quite an old set up.
Any idea of date?
All the supports are manual and appear to be of the friction type, not Dowty props.
Older coal cutters used
Topic: underground frickley (photo)
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Forum: General Chat   Posted: 30/03/2020 10:01:13   Subject: underground frickley (photo)
I'd be interested in opinions on this forum photo, which at first glance shows a typical face scene. I initially thought it was showing the start of shearing through a small fault but there looks to
Topic: Mining term: jem crow
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Forum: General Chat   Posted: 30/03/2020 07:26:14   Subject: Mining term: jem crow
[quote="gNick"]Interestingly, in my current reading material, namely The Colliery Managers Handbook 4th edition 1898, the Jim Crow is mentioned but Jazz Rails are not. Given the age of the book I woul
Topic: Mining term: jem crow
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Forum: General Chat   Posted: 29/03/2020 15:37:56   Subject: Mining term: jem crow
[quote="gNick"]Forgive my ignorance but what are jazz rails?[/quote]
Probably made obsolete by later developments such as stop blocks and drop derricks, jazz rails were a short section of rail wh
Topic: Mining term: jem crow
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Forum: General Chat   Posted: 29/03/2020 08:31:06   Subject: Mining term: jem crow
Reasonably straightforward to use when forming a "slow" bend but try making a pair of "jazz rails".
Probably why you rarely came across jazz rails.

Never heard it described as anything
Topic: if you press this it makes a funny noise (photo)
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Forum: Midlands   Posted: 17/06/2019 06:55:07   Subject: if you press this it makes a funny noise (photo)
They were always happy at the end of the shift.....


Topic: Exploring Coal Mines - Gas?
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Forum: General Chat   Posted: 04/06/2019 08:38:00   Subject: Exploring Coal Mines - Gas?
No idea what I did in the post above, ended up looking like my post is tagged onto Rob's.
Sorry for confusion, my post is from the space down.
Topic: Exploring Coal Mines - Gas?
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Forum: General Chat   Posted: 04/06/2019 08:33:19   Subject: Exploring Coal Mines - Gas?
[quote="robnorthwales"]I know of a couple of 'sort-of' open locations in the area.
The problem is that the bad air areas can be really suddenly defined - you can go from 'perfectly fine' to 'fee
Topic: Easter visit to St Francis level
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Forum: North West England   Posted: 26/04/2019 07:10:06   Subject: Easter visit to St Francis level
[quote="staffordshirechina"]Why is it that people think that they used canaries to monitor oxygen??[/quote]

As an aside, Monday just gone was the 60th anniversary of a disaster at Walton Co
Topic: Construction Phase of 'Woodsmith Mine' Launched by Sirius Minerals
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Forum: North East England   Posted: 20/04/2019 07:40:20   Subject: Construction Phase of 'Woodsmith Mine' Launched by Sirius Minerals
[quote="BertyBasset"]Although if it were in a secure tunnel!![/quote]

Ahh, sorry. I thought you were proposing an alternative....

Topic: Tallies / Checks,
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Forum: General Chat   Posted: 19/04/2019 08:38:26   Subject: Tallies / Checks,
Few more thoughts on checks. eBay chaps first attempts were a plain brass blank with copper numbers soldered to them. Very catchy looking but complete figments, problem being this is maybe 15 plus y
Topic: Tallies / Checks,
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Forum: General Chat   Posted: 18/04/2019 21:40:39   Subject: Tallies / Checks,
Yep, eBay man does polos as well, much the same treatment.
Another trick was that genuine checks would often have solder applied in order to cover an obsolete number. This method seems widely us
Topic: Construction Phase of 'Woodsmith Mine' Launched by Sirius Minerals
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Forum: North East England   Posted: 18/04/2019 12:05:21   Subject: Construction Phase of 'Woodsmith Mine' Launched by Sirius Minerals
[quote="BertyBasset"]I would have thought that a continuous conveyor system would be operationally more straightforward than having to load and unload a batch on and off a train.[/quote]

Po
Topic: Tallies / Checks,
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Forum: General Chat   Posted: 18/04/2019 10:03:06   Subject: Tallies / Checks,
Okay, just had a quick look on eBay (other sites are available :lol:) and didn't take long. Don't know how to link but here's the item number 253948041850 Have to feel sorry for the guy, he's selling
Topic: Tallies / Checks,
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Forum: General Chat   Posted: 18/04/2019 08:36:36   Subject: Tallies / Checks,
Really not easy. The guy selling on eBay ( pointless to namedrop as he changes ) seems to have a start price of £9.99. He has been known to buy genuine blank NCB checks and then carefully stamp and a
Topic: New film of Brewery Shaft, Nenthead
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Forum: North West England   Posted: 09/03/2019 08:51:42   Subject: New film of Brewery Shaft, Nenthead
Enjoyed that, thanks.....
Topic: Woolley Colliery
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Forum: General Chat   Posted: 06/03/2019 08:01:50   Subject: Woolley Colliery
Situated in the village of Darton. Had my medical there around 1967.
Pre nationalisation was owned by Fountain and Burnley, Fountain lived in a large house across the valley from the pit and if
Topic: historic miners truck....chuckle chuckle !
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Forum: General Chat   Posted: 06/02/2019 09:08:07   Subject: historic miners truck....chuckle chuckle !
Picture of the donor tub in a small ravine, now covered by tipping. Circa 1988.

[link]99233[linkphoto]99233[/linkphoto][/link]
Topic: historic miners truck....chuckle chuckle !
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Forum: General Chat   Posted: 05/02/2019 09:42:34   Subject: historic miners truck....chuckle chuckle !
I built this replica 4cwt narrow gauge coal tub in 2000. I needed a nice centre piece for a lamp collection, so came up with this.
An axle and two pedestals were obtained from an old mining site
Topic: Re Use off Images
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Forum: Scotland   Posted: 22/10/2018 09:22:44   Subject: Re Use off Images
[quote="Roger L"]hi John.
Is it me with other plans of Emley Flockton. I have plans from several source now.
Hope you are well[/quote]

Hi Roger, yes I'm good thanks.
No, not
Topic: Re Use off Images
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Forum: Scotland   Posted: 21/10/2018 11:02:26   Subject: Re Use off Images
No one bothered to ask me if they could use images of Shuttle eye colliery, which I've since seen on other sites.....

(Watermark removed)
Topic: Mine Tokens/Tallies.
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Forum: General Chat   Posted: 14/09/2018 08:00:57   Subject: Mine Tokens/Tallies.
Some good advice there, there is indeed someone knocking them up in his shed, he was at one time a member of this forum although I've not seen a post from him for several years. He even managed to pr
Topic: Crofton Co-op Colliery
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Forum: North East England   Posted: 22/07/2018 11:29:07   Subject: Crofton Co-op Colliery
Thanks for the update Mark. I was starting to fear the worst for this project, really good to hear the more encouraging news.
Topic: Rusty old miner's lamp
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Forum: Lamps & Lighting   Posted: 29/05/2018 20:44:46   Subject: Rusty old miner's lamp
[quote="Richard Cox"]Bottom duly attached


[photo]115225[/photo][/quote]

Pretty sure it's a Lancashire lamp and believe it is JH Naylor of Wigan. Hope this helps.
Topic: Rusty old miner's lamp
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Forum: Lamps & Lighting   Posted: 29/05/2018 15:20:18   Subject: Rusty old miner's lamp
Could be a Naylor of Wigan. Can you post a pic of the underneath of the oil vessel?
Topic: Bizarre shaft blockage!
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Forum: Mid Wales   Posted: 21/05/2018 08:07:14   Subject: Bizarre shaft blockage!
Reminds me that, in the bottom of a stope at Longrake mine, there were a number of car tyres. They weren't modern either, I recall at least one had a diamond tread pattern, vintage style. Clearly th
Topic: Severn Tunnel
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Forum: General Chat   Posted: 15/03/2018 07:40:12   Subject: Severn Tunnel
Really interesting film, thanks for posting.
Topic: Communicating in shafts
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Forum: General Chat   Posted: 14/03/2018 07:01:45   Subject: Communicating in shafts
What about air horns?
I'm thinking, fairly cheap, anyone could use one, no batteries, not affected by water, no fiddly buttons covered in mud etc.
Is there a downside?
Topic: Box of mining books for sale. (Photos)
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Forum: South West England   Posted: 25/09/2017 15:50:11   Subject: Box of mining books for sale. (Photos)
Thanks to all who have looked, books are now sold.
Topic: Box of mining books for sale. (Photos)
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Forum: South West England   Posted: 24/09/2017 17:59:36   Subject: Box of mining books for sale. (Photos)
Storage box containing 50 or more various mining books, mainly coal but many others. £30, collect from Wakefield. They need collecting asap, thanks for looking.

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Topic: Carbide lamp for sale + carbide etc
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Forum: North Wales   Posted: 05/05/2017 13:37:23   Subject: Carbide lamp for sale + carbide etc
Ok it's a Premier but it's one of the more unusual pressings. It has the hexagonal carbide chamber and an elongated water door.
There's a spare carbide container and an almost full tin of carbi
Topic: Check board for sale
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Forum: For Sale! (and wanted / for swap)   Posted: 21/11/2016 14:50:39   Subject: Check board for sale
Regretfully for sale, due to no longer having room for it, genuine check board from Walton Colliery. The shelves top and bottom removed, and all the hooks had been removed before I came by it. Lamps
Topic: Lead Rivets for Type 6's.
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Forum: General Chat   Posted: 15/07/2016 07:51:06   Subject: Lead Rivets for Type 6's.
The rivets had a head. Ok, many locks were of the horizontal style and maybe wire could be used on these but it would have been a pain to try to keep wire in place on a vertical lock.
There's al
Topic: Happy birthday Aditnow
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Forum: General Chat   Posted: 15/09/2015 07:57:46   Subject: Happy birthday Aditnow
Great site, thanks Simon. On my list of "visit every day":thumbsup:
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