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Topic: Glyn Rhonwy 'Earth Centre'
davel

Forum: North Wales   Posted: 07/06/2020 12:01:34   Subject: Glyn Rhonwy 'Earth Centre'
"A multi-million pound visitor centre is proposed at the former Glyn Rhonwy slate mine next to Llyn Padarn in Llanberis."

See https://www.dailypost.co.uk/news/north-wales-news/snowdonia-set
Topic: New Zealand Gold Mining
davel

Forum: Australasia   Posted: 01/06/2020 17:33:06   Subject: New Zealand Gold Mining
https://kaelewis.com may be of interest.

Dave
Topic: Dinorwic Compressors
davel

Forum: North Wales   Posted: 29/05/2020 14:14:32   Subject: Dinorwic Compressors
Hi Graham

[quote="grahami"]Both diagrams give the wrong idea, the second "map" in the "electrician" article shows the correct route from LLanberis over to Quellyn Lake then via Rhydd Du to
Topic: Rare Welsh gold hunt
davel

Forum: North Wales   Posted: 19/05/2020 12:20:03   Subject: Rare Welsh gold hunt
Gold Mines of Wales were not the first to be doing this sort of thing ...

[link]120526[linkphoto]120526[/linkphoto][/link]

George Hall (in red sweater on right of group) carrying
Topic: Dinorwic Compressors
davel

Forum: North Wales   Posted: 13/05/2020 15:36:41   Subject: Dinorwic Compressors
[quote="davel"] ... [i]Ghosts of Aberglaslyn: The Porthmadog, Beddgelert & South Snowdon Railway[/i] John Manners with Michael Bishop, Welsh Highland Railway Heritage Group, 2016[/quote]
Unfortun
Topic: Dinorwic Compressors
davel

Forum: North Wales   Posted: 12/05/2020 17:10:53   Subject: Dinorwic Compressors
It seems the document I’ve just uploaded is copyright IET. I thought as it was from 1906 that it was out of copyright. However, it seems that IET claim copyright on the photocopy they supplied.
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Topic: Dinorwic Compressors
davel

Forum: North Wales   Posted: 12/05/2020 15:31:41   Subject: Dinorwic Compressors
[quote="Pinzgauer"]I never realised there were plans afoot to electrify the railway. Presumably on the o'head trolley (500v DC ?) system.[/quote]

No, 3 phase 630 V 50 Hz AC actually - two t
Topic: Dinorwic Compressors
davel

Forum: North Wales   Posted: 12/05/2020 13:27:35   Subject: Dinorwic Compressors
Is there sufficient interest in this topic that I should upload the 1906 article from [i]The Electrician[/i] to the Mining & Mine Exploration Documents section of the site? It's not exactly mining his
Topic: Dinorwic Compressors
davel

Forum: North Wales   Posted: 12/05/2020 11:03:01   Subject: Dinorwic Compressors
[quote="TwllMawr"] ... there used to be quite a hideous looking substation South West of Llanberis towards Bwlch Maesgwm [/quote]
I saw that in August 1985, but I've not been that way since.
Topic: Dinorwic Compressors
davel

Forum: North Wales   Posted: 11/05/2020 17:39:13   Subject: Dinorwic Compressors
To add to the information about Cwm Dyli power station and the Marconi radio station ...

The first diagram shows the Cwm Dyli as planned (from [i]The Electrician[/i] 1906. As can be seen th
Topic: That Good ol' Mount'n Dew
davel

Forum: General Chat   Posted: 08/05/2020 19:56:20   Subject: That Good ol' Mount'n Dew
[quote="sinker"] Orange t-shirt, back row...? :) [/quote]
Well spotted!

Dave
Topic: That Good ol' Mount'n Dew
davel

Forum: General Chat   Posted: 08/05/2020 18:48:53   Subject: That Good ol' Mount'n Dew
[quote="devondorset"] ... A lot of the underground types I know all have beards and wild hair ...[/quote]
I used to have hair :( ... still got the beard though.

Dave

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Topic: Dinorwic Compressors
davel

Forum: North Wales   Posted: 08/05/2020 13:08:06   Subject: Dinorwic Compressors
As far as electricity is concerned, the North Wales Electric Power & Traction Company's Cwm Dyli power hydro-electric station commenced generation 13th August 1906. Details of its distribution networ
Topic: Ways to pass the time when you don't have a mine in the garden
davel

Forum: General Chat   Posted: 12/04/2020 10:11:48   Subject: Ways to pass the time when you don't have a mine in the garden
This heaving rocks around business seems to be catching ...

I've just built a short flight of three steps to provide easier access to a raised area at the back of our garden. I can't preten
Topic: Cwm Cynfal copper mine
davel

Forum: North Wales   Posted: 24/01/2020 12:38:11   Subject: Cwm Cynfal copper mine
According to the [i]Cambrian News[/i] Community News: Blaenau Ffestiniog today http://www.cambrian-news.co.uk/article.cfm?id=132111&headline=Community%20News:%20Blaenau%20Ffestiniog§ionIs=news&searchy
Topic: Found: Jacket
davel

Forum: North Wales   Posted: 10/01/2020 22:49:28   Subject: Found: Jacket
In Parc mine level 2 today we came across a black fleece jacket hanging on the air pipe just outby of Roy's dig through the fall before the route up to Edean's shaft. The jacket looked quite dry as if
Topic: Cwm Cynfal copper mine
davel

Forum: North Wales   Posted: 09/12/2019 22:53:32   Subject: Cwm Cynfal copper mine
[quote="sinker"] ... Let me know your thoughts Dave, I won't have time to have s look until next week[/quote]
email sent

Note that representations on this planning application should b
Topic: Photographs Of Graiggoch (album)
davel

Forum: Mid Wales   Posted: 03/11/2019 16:05:49   Subject: Photographs Of Graiggoch (album)
The generating station was built following the acquisition in Frongoch Mine by Société Anonyme Minière in 1898 as part of their modernisation programme at the mine (see David Bick's [i]Frongoch Lead &
Topic: Ugly house
davel

Forum: North Wales   Posted: 30/10/2019 22:16:19   Subject: Ugly house
[b]Caemawr[/b] (Bennett & Vernon, 1993, [i]Mines of the Gwydr Forest[/i] Part 5, p. 22)
[quote]Two parallel N-S trending lodes have been explored, with much the greater extent of workings found o
Topic: Mine pop videos
davel

Forum: General Chat   Posted: 28/10/2019 13:29:33   Subject: Mine pop videos
[quote="JohnnearCfon"]Led Zep filmed a music video at Aberllefenni Slate Mine although only above ground.[/quote]
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jL3nFxSoApE

Dave
Topic: AditNow Christmas Party 2019!!
davel

Forum: General Chat   Posted: 21/10/2019 18:01:45   Subject: AditNow Christmas Party 2019!!
Sinker +1 + 2 sinker jnrs
SimonRL + RockChick
Blober
Willy Eckerslyke
Don +1
Margot
davel + pamc
Topic: Tan Yr Ywen SH906767 |Llysfaen
davel

Forum: North Wales   Posted: 08/08/2019 18:06:37   Subject: Tan Yr Ywen SH906767 |Llysfaen
The starting point is to get to the old gate on Ffordd Isallt at SH90777659. (There's room for a car to park close by.)

Then, if I remember correctly ... go through the gate and head uphill
Topic: Hafod Las Slate Mine
davel

Forum: North Wales   Posted: 15/07/2019 21:50:34   Subject: Hafod Las Slate Mine
[quote="BertyBasset"]... Had a look around the overgrown buildings at the top of the incline ...

... what was the cast iron structure for? Roof support or power transmission of some sort?
Topic: Moel Meirch
davel

Forum: North Wales   Posted: 13/07/2019 12:42:30   Subject: Moel Meirch
[quote="BertyBasset"]I recently read an interesting article in a WMS newsletter about a 'crystal' mine on Moel Meirch near Nant Gwynant - crystal being gem quality quartz for collectors.[/quote]
Topic: Moel Meirch
davel

Forum: North Wales   Posted: 12/07/2019 23:28:48   Subject: Moel Meirch
This seems to be the same site as the one Gwynfor Pierce Jones and Alun John Richards name as Nantgwynant ([i]Cwm Gwyrfai[/i], 2004, p. 204). They give the grid reference as SH645505? (note question m
Topic: Electrical Engineer Help Needed!
davel

Forum: General Chat   Posted: 30/05/2019 17:24:16   Subject: Electrical Engineer Help Needed!
In case it's useful information ...

Bowers Automotive Components Distributors https://www.bowersautomotive.co.uk/Cat_Bus-Coach.pdf list a

[quote]CAV Control board for D07X24 Low
Topic: Golwern Quarry
davel

Forum: North Wales   Posted: 23/05/2019 22:14:36   Subject: Golwern Quarry
https://www.dailypost.co.uk/news/north-wales-news/end-era-landowner-takes-drastic-16322061

Dave
Topic: John Bennett
davel

Forum: General Chat   Posted: 30/04/2019 21:36:01   Subject: John Bennett
As I'm sure people will realise, I've posted the above on behalf of Rob Vernon. I imagine that anyone familiar with the mines in Gwydyr Forest will be aware of John and Rob's multi volume work on the
Topic: John Bennett
davel

Forum: General Chat   Posted: 30/04/2019 21:28:10   Subject: John Bennett
It is with sadness that I report the death of my friend and co-author John Bennett.
John was one of the first Directors of the Welsh Mines Preservation Trust.

I first met John about 19
Topic: Thursday Nighters - 18th of April
davel

Forum: North Wales   Posted: 17/04/2019 13:14:24   Subject: Thursday Nighters - 18th of April
[quote="sinker"]... Who knows what carnage and bending of the space/time continuum could occur? Everything will miraculously re-align itself though at a known point in time and space.[/quote]
Wil
Topic: FOUND: Gopro Black 7 on Snakes and Ladders
davel

Forum: General Chat   Posted: 05/02/2019 10:28:31   Subject: FOUND: Gopro Black 7 on Snakes and Ladders
Anyone here lost a GoPro camera?

https://www.ukclimbing.com/forums/lost+found/gopro_black_7_on_snakes_and_ladders-699998

Dave
Topic: GB1900 map
davel

Forum: General Chat   Posted: 14/01/2019 18:46:26   Subject: GB1900 map
[quote="JMB"]Has this map been mentioned here?[/quote]
Not as far as I am aware.

The dataset behind it (see http://www.visionofbritain.org.uk/data/) looks as if it might be very useful
Topic: what's this adit
davel

Forum: North Wales   Posted: 07/01/2019 17:38:19   Subject: what's this adit
[quote="mountainpenguin"] ... the gazette says its probably Clogwyn y Garreg mine[/quote]
Don't read too much into that name, it's shown on the second edition OS 6" map as "Level".

Whe
Topic: Forest of Dean photographs
davel

Forum: South West England   Posted: 30/12/2018 21:14:12   Subject: Forest of Dean photographs
Thanks to everyone who sent me photos – in fact so many excellent photos that I was spoilt for choice. It's a shame I can only use a couple of them.

Dave
Topic: Forest of Dean photographs
davel

Forum: South West England   Posted: 27/12/2018 15:32:25   Subject: Forest of Dean photographs
I'm looking for [u]underground[/u] photos of (a) Monument coal mine and (b) the ironstone workings in Mine Train Quarry, both in Bicslade in the Forest of Dean. (I've got surface photos so it's only u
Topic: AditNow Christmas party, 2018 !!
davel

Forum: General Chat   Posted: 19/11/2018 17:53:16   Subject: AditNow Christmas party, 2018 !!
[quote]Sinker +1 + 2 "sinker jnrs"
SimonRL + RockChick
skimble
Margot
Willy Eckerslyke
Wyn[/quote]
davel + pamc

I would add my thanks to Sinker for organising
Topic: Pedantry corner: Festiniog or Ffestiniog?
davel

Forum: General Chat   Posted: 01/11/2018 14:30:14   Subject: Pedantry corner: Festiniog or Ffestiniog?
[quote="Barney"]... Vanoord, should this not be Fanoord??[/quote]
Surely, it should be Fanwrd. ;D

(... and, before anyone else says it, don't call me Shirley!)

Dave
Topic: Thursday Nighters 25th October
davel

Forum: North Wales   Posted: 26/10/2018 16:14:47   Subject: Thursday Nighters 25th October
[quote="sinker"]No such thing as bad weather, only bad clothing ;)[/quote]
Hmm ... see http://tohatchacrow.blogspot.com/2015/04/obscured-by-cloudswainwrights-bad.html

Dave, who is way
Topic: Cwmorthin - geology question
davel

Forum: North Wales   Posted: 19/10/2018 14:37:38   Subject: Cwmorthin - geology question
[quote="Praada"]Best fact of the day for me was them saying that every single piece of slate present on the spoil pile 'mountains' has been touched by a human hand and some point in its journey from t
Topic: Western Cyffty via Parc. Anyone been lately?
davel

Forum: North Wales   Posted: 15/10/2018 23:07:44   Subject: Western Cyffty via Parc. Anyone been lately?
See https://naturalresources.wales/about-us/our-projects/reservoir-safety-projects/gwydir-reservoirs/?lang=en

Dave
Topic: Western Cyffty via Parc. Anyone been lately?
davel

Forum: North Wales   Posted: 05/10/2018 08:54:58   Subject: Western Cyffty via Parc. Anyone been lately?
[quote="SimonRL"]I'm five foot nine and in places it was shoulder deep ...[/quote]
Hmm ... I don't think Simon is doing a good job of selling this. :( He makes it sound like Caplecleugh (where in
Topic: Prince Llewelyn slate mine
davel

Forum: North Wales   Posted: 25/09/2018 18:52:59   Subject: Prince Llewelyn slate mine
A list of owners, managers, agents etc. plus a list of references can be found in Wilkinson's Gazetteer and Bibliography of the Mines and Quarries of North Wales http://www.hendrecoed.org.uk/Wilkinson
Topic: Snakes and Ladders
davel

Forum: North Wales   Posted: 17/09/2018 19:30:27   Subject: Snakes and Ladders
Interesting thread on UKClimbing.com https://www.ukclimbing.com/forums/rocktalk/snakes_and_ladders-692967

Dave
Topic: old hawn stone quarry - writing slates
davel

Forum: North Wales   Posted: 10/09/2018 10:53:41   Subject: old hawn stone quarry - writing slates
[quote="AndyC"]I have just learned that tha visitor centre at Ogwen Cottage is on the site of 'Old Hawn' stone quarry - mentioned on their web site:

http://ogwen.co.uk/snowdonia/

Topic: Thursday Nighters - 6th of September
davel

Forum: North Wales   Posted: 05/09/2018 21:54:17   Subject: Thursday Nighters - 6th of September
Some info on the copper mine including pictures of the aerial ropeway and its bottom terminal can be found at https://www.welshhighlandheritage.co.uk/wp-content/uploads/WHH-No-65.pdf pp. 2-5.

Topic: Dog rescue from mineshaft
davel

Forum: Mid Wales   Posted: 03/09/2018 22:36:39   Subject: Dog rescue from mineshaft
https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-wales-45402874

Anyone know where this was?

I note that the rescue took 18 hours (20:00 until 14:00 the next day) because the fire service "could not
Topic: Machroes & Llanengan mines...
davel

Forum: North Wales   Posted: 19/08/2018 09:50:44   Subject: Machroes & Llanengan mines...
As someone once said "There is a book ..."

Bennett, J S & Vernon, R W, [i]Metal Mines of Llanengan[/i], 2002

I've wandered around looking for some of the sites but not got underg
Topic: Thursday Nighters - 16th of August
davel

Forum: North Wales   Posted: 17/08/2018 15:19:39   Subject: Thursday Nighters - 16th of August
It's quite some time (nearly 11 years!) since I walked up the exit incline.

The top part through the tunnel is 'interesting'. Most of the packing from the incline is missing and what is lef
Topic: Barmouth Manganese
davel

Forum: North Wales   Posted: 29/06/2018 16:32:34   Subject: Barmouth Manganese
I'm afraid there's not much to be seen underground in manganese mines around Barmouth, but the area is interesting as a mining landscape as a whole.

The remains are generally trenches and o
Topic: Penrhyndeudraeth explosion - Daily Post
davel

Forum: North Wales   Posted: 26/06/2018 15:14:21   Subject: Penrhyndeudraeth explosion - Daily Post
Interesting film from 1960 of the works and the processes therein. It includes the inclines, aerial ropeway and a glimpse of a tunnel mouth.

https://player.bfi.org.uk/free/film/watch-cookes
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