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Topic: Coalcleugh level 1990s (photo)
legendrider

Forum: North East England   Posted: 12/09/2019 13:54:41   Subject: Coalcleugh level 1990s (photo)
Thanks for the most interesting memoir Pete.

some air flow could be re-established (I daresay) by drilling a few holes through the stonework of the portal.

Next time we're in the
Topic: Coalcleugh level 1990s (photo)
legendrider

Forum: North East England   Posted: 10/09/2019 12:07:35   Subject: Coalcleugh level 1990s (photo)
[quote="PeteJ"]1964.[/quote]

just a shade before my time, I'm afraid! Must have been during or shortly after it was last re-worked?

MARK
Topic: Coalcleugh level 1990s (photo)
legendrider

Forum: North East England   Posted: 09/09/2019 18:13:23   Subject: Coalcleugh level 1990s (photo)
Interesting, Pete.

Do you know whenabouts the portal was walled-up?

Would have been nice to stroll along the level and abseil down Coalcleugh Shaft into Rampgill

MAR
Topic: Hello from Utah
legendrider

Forum: New recruits!   Posted: 09/09/2019 14:01:49   Subject: Hello from Utah
Strath of Kildonan also allows permit-access panning, if you fancy a look up Caithness way.

Probably more cost-effective to mine at home for scrap gold - melt down a load of old ink cartr
Topic: Buckden Gavel explorers 1987
legendrider

Forum: General Chat   Posted: 08/09/2019 16:10:00   Subject: Buckden Gavel explorers 1987
SFB - Sh**-For-Brains?? :smartass:

MARK
Topic: Coalcleugh level 1990s (photo)
legendrider

Forum: North East England   Posted: 08/09/2019 06:58:09   Subject: Coalcleugh level 1990s (photo)
Its still as it ever was - pic taken May 2019

[photo]117921[/photo]

MARK
Topic: Miles of rare gold have been discovered
legendrider

Forum: North Wales   Posted: 20/08/2019 08:57:23   Subject: Miles of rare gold have been discovered
[quote="staffordshirechina"]It must be one of them "rare earths" that they talk about?

So rare that nobody has found it yet....[/quote]

Uo - Unobtainium

MARK
Topic: Southwest copper and tin
legendrider

Forum: New recruits!   Posted: 09/08/2019 15:36:27   Subject: Southwest copper and tin
[quote="Boy Engineer"]The Fresh Prince of Portreath wrote:
[quote]a pillowcase of steel wool/swarf. [/quote]
[/quote]
:offtopic:
Steel wool dipped in paraffin, when prodded with t
Topic: Southwest copper and tin
legendrider

Forum: New recruits!   Posted: 09/08/2019 09:56:20   Subject: Southwest copper and tin
If anybody needs any casting bronze, I've a massive shell bearing that came out of the engine of a torpedoed WW2 merchant ship. PM if interested and I'll weigh and price up.

MARK
Topic: Southwest copper and tin
legendrider

Forum: New recruits!   Posted: 07/08/2019 08:43:17   Subject: Southwest copper and tin
maybe start learning with commercially bought (or otherwisely purloined) metallic copper and tin and do your bronze alloy with those to get that part of the process right. When you're happy, source s
Topic: Access issues
legendrider

Forum: General Chat   Posted: 29/07/2019 16:13:09   Subject: Access issues
as far as I understand, zero. If the portal is on someone elses land then they as landowner get to decide who can enter it (or most likely, not)

You could sink a shaft from surface down to
Topic: Responsible Exploration / sensitive sites.
legendrider

Forum: Exploration Chat   Posted: 23/07/2019 13:12:21   Subject: Responsible Exploration / sensitive sites.
I started with Oldhams. Back in those days NCB had a regional stores at Tursdale and you could sometimes, if you wrote nicely, procure 8h+ used lamps for a modest sum.

When they were final
Topic: Alex Fitzsimmons
legendrider

Forum: North East England   Posted: 22/07/2019 09:57:10   Subject: Alex Fitzsimmons
I am very sad to have received news of the death of Alex Fitzsimmons of Barnard Castle, aged 78

Alex was an unfailingly enthusiastic mine explorer since joining DDMS around 1988, taking maj
Topic: Video : A Dangerous Shale Reccie In The Old Dragon Mine : Abandoned Mine Explore #28
legendrider

Forum: General Chat   Posted: 01/07/2019 16:56:21   Subject: Video : A Dangerous Shale Reccie In The Old Dragon Mine : Abandoned Mine Explore #28
Neck-deep water, rotting timber, crawling on the roof.

What's not to like?? :thumbsup:

MARK

Topic: Video : A Dangerous Shale Reccie In The Old Dragon Mine : Abandoned Mine Explore #28
legendrider

Forum: General Chat   Posted: 01/07/2019 15:34:43   Subject: Video : A Dangerous Shale Reccie In The Old Dragon Mine : Abandoned Mine Explore #28
Yep, I reckoned I knew it from the title frame, clinched it for defo at the Bang Store. 'Tis a dark, wet, shaley hole to be sure, I'm sure Leif will agree ;)

I make no comment regarding th
Topic: Video : Abandoned Mine Explore #27 : Finding Mineral Collectors & Descending To The Lake : Corkscrew Mine
legendrider

Forum: General Chat   Posted: 16/06/2019 09:34:43   Subject: Video : Abandoned Mine Explore #27 : Finding Mineral Collectors & Descending To The Lake : Corkscrew Mine
I went in a few years back with Dave and Andy - the spiral was interesting and challenging but we didn't bother with or feel that we really needed SRT. A hand rope would have made it a bit more wheel
Topic: Video : Abandoned Mine Explore #27 : Finding Mineral Collectors & Descending To The Lake : Corkscrew Mine
legendrider

Forum: General Chat   Posted: 15/06/2019 17:25:54   Subject: Video : Abandoned Mine Explore #27 : Finding Mineral Collectors & Descending To The Lake : Corkscrew Mine
concur with RJV

Mark
Topic: Another Collapse at Rampgill ?
legendrider

Forum: General Chat   Posted: 14/06/2019 18:40:52   Subject: Another Collapse at Rampgill ?
[quote="poosticker83"]Bad news indeed Nick. Hope they aren't linked and that this is'nt the start of something bigger.[/quote]

I reckon if anything is going to let go, it'll be along Rampgi
Topic: Cumbria
legendrider

Forum: North West England   Posted: 11/06/2019 11:19:29   Subject: Cumbria
its a few years ago since I was last there, so I appreciate the 'heads-up' on that one - don't want to give anyone bad advice! Definitely seek recent knowledge to avoid disappointment!

MAR
Topic: Cumbria
legendrider

Forum: North West England   Posted: 11/06/2019 08:19:45   Subject: Cumbria
would recommend Force Crag. In the highest level, down the Laporte Incline and out by the mill. Loads and loads to see from old to modern, several hundred feet of vertical descent and no SRT.
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Topic: Exploring Coal Mines - Gas?
legendrider

Forum: General Chat   Posted: 04/06/2019 15:04:41   Subject: Exploring Coal Mines - Gas?
[quote="The Fresh Prince of Portreath"]
In light of what it is and the hazards present, I totally understand the CA's sentiment, with sealing places up.[/quote]

They also lurk on AditN
Topic: Exploring Coal Mines - Gas?
legendrider

Forum: General Chat   Posted: 04/06/2019 14:10:10   Subject: Exploring Coal Mines - Gas?
When I was at ICI Wilton in the late 80's, there was one particular anecdote which a staple of plant safety talks.

A process vessel had been nitrogen-purged, and left with the ground-level
Topic: Exploring Coal Mines - Gas?
legendrider

Forum: General Chat   Posted: 03/06/2019 19:20:22   Subject: Exploring Coal Mines - Gas?
[quote="jagman"]
Apparently even oxygen levels of 19% can be sufficient to impair rational thought[/quote]

There are some muppets who struggle at 21% :smartass:

MARK
Topic: Exploring Coal Mines - Gas?
legendrider

Forum: General Chat   Posted: 03/06/2019 18:30:14   Subject: Exploring Coal Mines - Gas?
[quote="The Fresh Prince of Portreath"]I'd like to see a proper coal mine with a decent seam in situ. I suppose this is really unlikely, even going in places like Big Pit.[/quote]

Caphouse,
Topic: Scraithole portal (photo)
legendrider

Forum: North East England   Posted: 26/05/2019 07:20:42   Subject: Scraithole portal (photo)
Thanks for the clarification, John.

I also did wonder about the second egress, although there is at least one day shaft still open (as evidenced by the British Standard Sheep test)
Topic: Nenthead mines - collapse
legendrider

Forum: North West England   Posted: 24/05/2019 10:51:45   Subject: Nenthead mines - collapse
Thanks Nick, Leif and everybody who pitched in.

I hope my armchair encouragement from the sidelines proved invaluable :flowers:

MARK
Topic: Possibly Barneycraig drainage level (photo)
legendrider

Forum: General Chat   Posted: 22/05/2019 06:59:41   Subject: Possibly Barneycraig drainage level (photo)
Thanks the clarification, Pete.

Additionally, not far inside the culvert there is a small (about 9" square) and apparently defunct box drain joining on the RHS at mid-level, presumably to
Topic: Cloburn Granite Quarry (mine)
legendrider

Forum: Scotland   Posted: 21/05/2019 19:14:34   Subject: Cloburn Granite Quarry (mine)
Digging up commercial quantities of mineral with big yellow toys qualifies as appropriate in my book.

welcome to AditNow :flowers:

MARK
Topic: Possibly Barneycraig drainage level (photo)
legendrider

Forum: General Chat   Posted: 20/05/2019 08:37:06   Subject: Possibly Barneycraig drainage level (photo)
[quote="Jim MacPherson"]perhaps he and you are lacking girth to really pull it off :angel:

Jim[/quote]

aye, maybe.. I can still squeeze through the wooden BC portal barrier - h
Topic: Possibly Barneycraig drainage level (photo)
legendrider

Forum: General Chat   Posted: 19/05/2019 16:02:31   Subject: Possibly Barneycraig drainage level (photo)
John beat me to the punch there, but I'd been pondering the Barneycraig outflow for a while. Just inbye, there is a low-level arched culvert on the 'river' side of the horse level between the portal
Topic: Eckington Colliery closure?
legendrider

Forum: Midlands   Posted: 17/05/2019 12:50:51   Subject: A different sort of sad news!
"Assetz Capital" - the name sound like they would have loan shops on any shite high street between the tanning salon and the bookies

"neither a lender nor a borrower be"

MARK
Topic: Nenthead mines - collapse
legendrider

Forum: North West England   Posted: 06/05/2019 13:59:19   Subject: Nenthead mines - collapse
regret have to tender my Apologies - my Dance Card is full this week.

MARK
Topic: Sir Francis Level, query
legendrider

Forum: North East England   Posted: 06/05/2019 09:48:53   Subject: Sir Francis Level, query
[quote="moorland"]Hi
Well im that bloke you met in the bar,

moorland.:lol:[/quote]

Well we must be members of a VERY small, exclusive club, wonder if Paul Marvin has joined
Topic: Sir Francis Level, query
legendrider

Forum: North East England   Posted: 03/05/2019 06:47:25   Subject: Sir Francis Level, query
Theres a possibility that our go-to tech guy might be able to borrow a device known to us as the 'Idiot-Cam' which we have used successfully to probe flooded stopes, albeit not to that depth yet but d
Topic: Sir Francis Level, query
legendrider

Forum: North East England   Posted: 01/05/2019 15:17:56   Subject: Sir Francis Level, query
It was a scheme we cooked up in York Uni Sub-Aqua Club, following a long weekend wreck-diving off Oban. This was because we'd be a bit more N2-absorption tolerant as the site is deep, cold and at alti
Topic: Wiregill Low Level
legendrider

Forum: North East England   Posted: 01/05/2019 11:15:56   Subject: Wiregill Low Level
Thanks Chris, Pete,

a recce last week revealed a large amount of shale spalled from the roof, just outbye of the arching on the main level at "48" just aboce "Zero Point" on Pete's plan, th
Topic: Sir Francis Level, query
legendrider

Forum: North East England   Posted: 01/05/2019 07:40:59   Subject: Sir Francis Level, query
in 1985 I dived the shaft to 33 metres without reaching bottom. Sadly the only thing I could see for definite was my depth gauge. Ugh!

MARK
Topic: Wiregill Low Level
legendrider

Forum: North East England   Posted: 30/04/2019 16:15:48   Subject: Wiregill Low Level
Thanks Pete!

first time I came out cleaner than I went in!

MARK
Topic: Wiregill Low Level
legendrider

Forum: North East England   Posted: 29/04/2019 13:01:59   Subject: Wiregill Low Level
Anyone got a plan of Wiregill mines that they would be willing to upload? I've got one somewhere - I'd like to have a glance at it but that would take a major archaeological intervention to find the
Topic: Hard Level Gill plant June 1977 photo
legendrider

Forum: General Chat   Posted: 28/04/2019 08:45:13   Subject: Hard Level Gill plant June 1977 photo
[quote="sinker"][quote="legendrider"]

The van on the left looks to me like a Commer, I'm sure Sinker can confirm the model :thumbup:

MARK[/quote]

Cool photo. SUPER coo
Topic: Nenthead mines - collapse
legendrider

Forum: North West England   Posted: 27/04/2019 18:17:05   Subject: Nenthead mines - collapse
Bad news indeed. I'm assuming its one of the hoppers that have collapsed and run?

I'll be happy to pitch in, other commitments permitting

MARK
Topic: Hard Level Gill plant June 1977 photo
legendrider

Forum: General Chat   Posted: 27/04/2019 17:01:18   Subject: Hard Level Gill plant June 1977 photo
No, but thanks for sharing the pic.

The van on the left looks to me like a Commer, I'm sure Sinker can confirm the model :thumbup:

Still doing my 'loft safari' searching for more
Topic: St Aidans Opencast
legendrider

Forum: General Chat   Posted: 25/04/2019 07:58:05   Subject: St Aidans Opencast
Resurrecting an old thread, the Bucyrus Erie / St Aidans Dragline (aka Oddball) featured in an interesting segment of 'Abandoned Engineering' S3 Ep5 currently airing on Sky documentaries - cant rememb
Topic: Easter visit to St Francis level
legendrider

Forum: North West England   Posted: 10/04/2019 18:18:45   Subject: Easter visit to St Francis level
If you're contemplating going into a mine with known O2 depletion then an O2 meter really is a must-have bit of kit.

Personally, I find that my own physiology in sub-optimal O2 leads to ext
Topic: Proposal to revive Cumbrian coal mining
legendrider

Forum: North West England   Posted: 20/03/2019 20:32:37   Subject: Proposal to revive Cumbrian coal mining
so, could 500 'Green' jobs be created by more un-Victorian means, such as increased opportunities for face-painters, story-tellers and community theatre troupes, or even in the tofu-weaving supply-cha
Topic: Proposal to revive Cumbrian coal mining
legendrider

Forum: North West England   Posted: 19/03/2019 07:31:47   Subject: Proposal to revive Cumbrian coal mining
Due to go before CCC for final planning decision today (BBC Look North)

500 jobs for West Cumbria - tough decision!

MARK
Topic: Beldy Level Garrigill
legendrider

Forum: North West England   Posted: 06/03/2019 17:58:29   Subject: Beldy Level Garrigill
Nah, I'll just overfly it in the Warrior! (see my Boulby pics)

best... MARK
Topic: Beldy Level Garrigill
legendrider

Forum: North West England   Posted: 06/03/2019 14:59:55   Subject: Beldy Level Garrigill
Tangentially, I recall a national newspaper article (probably amongst the slew of aspirational coffee-table/lifestyle crap so beloved of a suburban Sunday) detailing the work done by the owner of Thor
Topic: Cambokeel mine
legendrider

Forum: North East England   Posted: 20/11/2018 15:37:08   Subject: Cambokeel mine
The Coal Authority have in recent months channelized the water flow out of the decline, through a concrete settling/monitoring weir and down to the reed beds.

Of the reed beds themselves th
Topic: stone pillar (photo)
legendrider

Forum: North East England   Posted: 18/11/2018 19:15:42   Subject: stone pillar (photo)
Hi Dave, hope you're in rude health.

I did wonder same, but, there may have been a winter advantage as the Coldberry side of Hude would have benefitted slightly from being on the lee side o
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