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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
Topic: stone pillar (photo)
legendrider

Forum: North East England   Posted: 17/11/2018 09:16:42   Subject: stone pillar (photo)
[link]116469[linkphoto]116469[/linkphoto][/link]

I recall hearing that tiles from Red Grooves were trammed out through Coldberry mine.

I don't recall the exact source of this i
Topic: Pedantry corner: Festiniog or Ffestiniog?
legendrider

Forum: General Chat   Posted: 28/10/2018 16:25:28   Subject: Pedantry corner: Festiniog or Ffestiniog?
How about

"Ffestiniog Railway" - a trading style of Festiniog Railway Ltd.

should stop 'em in their tracks... pun intended ::)

MARK
Topic: nenthead collapses status ?
legendrider

Forum: North West England   Posted: 16/10/2018 17:09:34   Subject: nenthead collapses status ?
Well, if everyone who visited Nent spent just 5 minutes clearing some of the minor ankle-breakers out of the levels, it would make life so much easier for all, especially those who haul scaff and dig
Topic: Smallcleugh Dig - Big Push
legendrider

Forum: North West England   Posted: 28/09/2018 09:13:04   Subject: Smallcleugh Dig - Big Push
more pics uploaded :)

if anyone can donate a dustpan and brush we can finish the project!

MARK
Topic: Smallcleugh Dig - Big Push
legendrider

Forum: North West England   Posted: 22/09/2018 14:28:56   Subject: Smallcleugh Dig - Big Push
bump

Thanks for the heads-up Nick; unlikely, but if I'm free....

MARK
Topic: What is this? [Moel Fferna]
legendrider

Forum: General Chat   Posted: 22/09/2018 14:27:14   Subject: What is this? [Moel Fferna]
Seen these quite a lot on old ironwork underground, especially in damp conditions

My thoughts are they could be bacterial in origin; Fe-oxidising bugs colonise the artefact's rusty surface,
Topic: nelly
legendrider

Forum: South West England   Posted: 22/09/2018 09:57:17   Subject: nelly
Interesting topic. I'd lean towards the rhyming slang derivation based on the number of available citations

descending from "NOT ON YOUR LIFE!" usage since the 1880s

"NOT ON YO
Topic: Wrentnall shaft top? (photo)
legendrider

Forum: North West England   Posted: 16/09/2018 09:04:11   Subject: Wrentnall shaft top? (photo)
It was interesting to note yesterday that the small hillock on the 1550' contour to the East of 'Isle of Man' was just exposed in the middle of the lake, in contrast to my previous visit.

S
Topic: Wrentnall shaft top? (photo)
legendrider

Forum: North West England   Posted: 15/09/2018 15:05:35   Subject: Wrentnall shaft top? (photo)
Just got back from Cow Green, pleasant run up there on the eponymous Legend; the concrete bases in Colin567's photo (below) are a) still visible and b) definitely in the vicinity of Wrentnall Shaft.
Topic: Harnisha Burn Mine - be careful.
legendrider

Forum: North East England   Posted: 24/08/2018 07:59:42   Subject: Harnisha Burn Mine - be careful.
Following a few nights of prodding and shovelling, Col (horsemaddad) and I have made some improvements to the falls in Harnisha.

Firstly we addressed the water level behind the first fall a
Topic: Caplecleugh - Smallcleugh through route blocked
legendrider

Forum: North West England   Posted: 04/08/2018 17:48:43   Subject: Caplecleugh - Smallcleugh through route blocked
Ditto.

MARK
Topic: Thievery at Nenthead
legendrider

Forum: North West England   Posted: 24/07/2018 13:32:29   Subject: Thievery at Nenthead
In reply to the OP, last time I was in Rampgill Vein in June, I noted that one of the higher, more dangly, steel ladders up a hopper in 'a sensitive location' had been moved. A twicefold pain-in-the-
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