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Topic: N Pennines Staycation
simonrail

Forum: North East England   Posted: 10/10/2020 21:42:48   Subject: N Pennines Staycation
This particular building contained a fascinating workshop with hearths on the ground floor and the whole showed various stages of building and alteration. Some of the woodwork in the workshop had name
Topic: Another giant wok
simonrail

Forum: North East England   Posted: 19/08/2020 18:13:33   Subject: Another giant wok
I have added a couple of pictures of another egg-ended boiler end in use as a water-trough to my personal album.

Some of you seem to get quite excited about these nice rounded objects.
Topic: Minera, deterioration at Meadow Shaft
simonrail

Forum: North Wales   Posted: 29/07/2020 17:52:12   Subject: Minera, deterioration at Meadow Shaft
I think the situation is significantly worse in Cornwall where lots of money was spent conserving remains 20 to 30 years ago which now need some of that work doing again. An engine house near Killifri
Topic: Spawood Mine (photo)
simonrail

Forum: North East England   Posted: 21/02/2020 20:43:42   Subject: Spawood Mine (photo)
The picture is from an uncredited transparency so the 1970 date was a guess.

If you knowledgeable car enthusiasts say it dates from the 1980s I'm not going to argue!
Topic: Scottish brickworks
simonrail

Forum: Scotland   Posted: 19/02/2020 11:23:08   Subject: Scottish brickworks
A Hoffman kiln and chimney is preserved at Prestongrange Industrial Museum, with the sites of several circular kilns.
Topic: Coalcleugh (photo)
simonrail

Forum: North East England   Posted: 31/08/2019 20:43:10   Subject: Coalcleugh (photo)
The office building in question is indeed at NY 803471 and is shown on the OS map as having a benchmark carved on the side facing the road at an elevation of 1330.6 feet.

I prefer the look
Topic: Construction Phase of 'Woodsmith Mine' Launched by Sirius Minerals
simonrail

Forum: North East England   Posted: 16/04/2019 22:29:00   Subject: Construction Phase of 'Woodsmith Mine' Launched by Sirius Minerals
Sirius say they considered all the options including doubling the railway from Ruswarp to Middlesbrough via Battersby then decided on a pipeline from Ruswarp to Teesside.

A rethink after pl
Topic: Construction Phase of 'Woodsmith Mine' Launched by Sirius Minerals
simonrail

Forum: North East England   Posted: 13/04/2019 20:30:57   Subject: Construction Phase of 'Woodsmith Mine' Launched by Sirius Minerals
The tmb was launched yesterday at Wilton to begin the 13 km drive to Lockwood Reservoir, and was named 'Stella Rose.'
Topic: Cornish Engines at Langley, nr Hexham
simonrail

Forum: General Chat   Posted: 06/12/2018 15:24:42   Subject: Cornish Engines at Langley, nr Hexham
The bottom picture is of a wooden quadrant inside a below ground housing. Attached to the cast-iron headpiece at the top of the wooden beam in view was a horizontal rod which came out to be driven by
Topic: Basset Mines Photos 2018 and 1986
simonrail

Forum: South West England   Posted: 07/11/2018 15:07:51   Subject: Basset Mines Photos 2018 and 1986
I think it's very sad that a lot of money was spent a few years ago conserving the surface remains of many of the mines in Cornwall and making them publicly accessible but little further maintenance h
Topic: Presser Mine shaft planning application
simonrail

Forum: North East England   Posted: 23/10/2018 20:39:24   Subject: Presser Mine shaft planning application
Interesting to read some of the various objections to this application; whether or not planning is approved some of the documentation is a vital record of this interesting site.

Hardly ment
Topic: Dowsing for secret underground tunnels etc.
simonrail

Forum: New recruits!   Posted: 09/05/2018 16:14:47   Subject: Dowsing for secret underground tunnels etc.
I once dowsed with metal rods for a lead vein and much to my surprise found it on each of several attempts.

However, there are several maps I know of compiled in 1988 of stratified ironston
Topic: Eskdale Ironstone Mine, North Yorkshire
simonrail

Forum: North East England   Posted: 23/04/2018 09:14:21   Subject: Eskdale Ironstone Mine, North Yorkshire
The beggars have been at it again!

It took CMHS a couple of years' work to dig into the extensive workings of this mine with the active support of the landowner then secure the drift entran
Topic: Coate Moor Ironstone Mine, Kildale, North Yorks.
simonrail

Forum: North East England   Posted: 02/04/2018 19:06:33   Subject: Coate Moor Ironstone Mine, Kildale, North Yorks.
Thanks for all your advice fellas.

NewStuff - sorry to disappoint you but we don't have the underground bar you seek!:(
Topic: Coate Moor Ironstone Mine, Kildale, North Yorks.
simonrail

Forum: North East England   Posted: 01/04/2018 09:53:03   Subject: Coate Moor Ironstone Mine, Kildale, North Yorks.
Coate Moor mine worked from 1868 until 1875 then was abandoned. In recent years the workings became accessible 'informally' so an approach was made to the landowner by Cleveland Mining Heritage Societ
Topic: Does anyone know what this building was for?
simonrail

Forum: General Chat   Posted: 08/01/2018 22:19:48   Subject: Does anyone know what this building was for?
With plain good quality bricks and a concrete roof the building looks early twentieth century. The small concrete plinth suggests a mounting for a small electric motor perhaps driving a small endless
Topic: Caphouse Museum decay
simonrail

Forum: North East England   Posted: 13/11/2017 09:32:17   Subject: Caphouse Museum decay
I spent a couple of hours on Friday helping to clean the rust off the Cornish beam engine at Sandfields Pumping Station near Lichfield which is receiving long overdue attention after many years of neg
Topic: July 31st one hundred years ago.
simonrail

Forum: North Wales   Posted: 30/07/2017 21:53:21   Subject: July 31st one hundred years ago.
I suspect a little confusion here as it was the Battle of Messines in 1917 which started with the explosion of 19 huge mines.
A major characteristic of the Battle of Passchendaele was the battlef
Topic: Our Industrial Heartland - Cleveland Ironstone
simonrail

Forum: North East England   Posted: 11/07/2017 19:40:41   Subject: Our Industrial Heartland - Cleveland Ironstone
Chris didn't see me today however.

Three of us working in the pouring rain to uncover a boiler flue and not a cream cake in sight to raise morale! :(
Topic: Shot Holes
simonrail

Forum: Mining Methods & Techniques   Posted: 09/06/2017 18:52:38   Subject: Shot Holes
We got a fit younger guy to try hand-drilling into an ironstone seam but it wasn't successful because the flat cutting bit was central, not at one side. Never managed to get back with a proper bit whe
Topic: New event added ''Brownley Hill'' on 22/04/2017
simonrail

Forum: Events   Posted: 23/04/2017 09:29:38   Subject: New event added ''Brownley Hill'' on 22/04/2017
I was last in Brownley Hill sometime in the last century with NMRS so it was great to re-visit.

Very enjoyable trip and thanks to all who organised it.

Simon.
Topic: Vox pop cartography? LOL
simonrail

Forum: General Chat   Posted: 07/11/2016 16:14:15   Subject: Vox pop cartography? LOL
I was once asked if Ordnance Survey had anything to do with the 39 ordinances of the Church of England.

No, was my reply!
Topic: A (not very) interesting discovery
simonrail

Forum: General Chat   Posted: 29/10/2016 20:35:16   Subject: A (not very) interesting discovery
Having spent 32 years as a cartographic surveyor I can say that mapmakers are anything but innocent. Names and features depicted on maps are as we found them.
Topic: Whiteheaps (1986 probably) (photo)
simonrail

Forum: North East England   Posted: 18/10/2016 10:06:06   Subject: Whiteheaps (1986 probably) (photo)
This latest picture uploaded of Whiteheaps (1986) was taken on the moors above Whiteheaps Mine which can be just seen at the left-hand side. Notice also the incline running up towards Sikehead Mine. T
Topic: Incorrect Mine Name
simonrail

Forum: Site Updates, Suggestions & Corrections   Posted: 22/09/2016 16:26:03   Subject: Incorrect Mine Name
Now changed to Noxon Park.
;D
Topic: BBC4: Scotland's First Oil Rush
simonrail

Forum: Scotland   Posted: 05/08/2016 18:55:20   Subject: BBC4: Scotland's First Oil Rush
It was a very good programme with a useful presenter and plenty of factual information with a minimum of obtrusive music and flashy camera work.
My immediate thought at the end was 'Why can't th
Topic: Trainspotting
simonrail

Forum: For Sale! (and wanted / for swap)   Posted: 13/07/2016 18:14:33   Subject: Trainspotting
Did anyone else spot on last night's performance (BBC 4) the man with the big collection of railway relics?
I certainly clocked him.
With all that lot to polish it's a wonder he has time to
Topic: End of the pier (photo)
simonrail

Forum: Mine Tramways and Railways   Posted: 25/04/2016 18:20:51   Subject: End of the pier (photo)
So have United buses!
Topic: Skinningrove Ironworks Jetty
simonrail

Forum: North East England   Posted: 25/04/2016 18:19:55   Subject: Skinningrove Ironworks Jetty
Nice historic pictures of Skinningrove Jetty.

This jetty was built of concrete using local slag in the 1880s so that pig iron could be brought down an incline from the ironworks and loaded
Topic: Historic Photographs Of Presser (Pressure) (album)
simonrail

Forum: North East England   Posted: 25/04/2016 18:08:16   Subject: Historic Photographs Of Presser (Pressure) (album)
The Presser lead mine was later taken over for water supply hence the impressive building still remaining. There was a range of buildings, probably the shop, demolished in the 1970s, of which the rema
Topic: BCA insurance ....
simonrail

Forum: General Chat   Posted: 28/03/2016 14:53:26   Subject: BCA insurance ....
I am secretary of Cleveland Mining Heritage Society and we pay for BCA insurance at about £20 per person per year which covers individuals and also the club itself. We have the insurance primarily to
Topic: Mine Headframes in the British Isles
simonrail

Forum: Mining Heritage   Posted: 12/03/2016 21:02:47   Subject: Mine Headframes in the British Isles
Both the pumping stations at Dalton and North Dalton were built for domestic water supply from wells about 400 feet deep hence the need for headgears.

The Tailings Shaft at Boulby is about
Topic: Mine Headframes in the British Isles
simonrail

Forum: Mining Heritage   Posted: 12/03/2016 18:50:47   Subject: Mine Headframes in the British Isles
Boulby Potash Mine in Redcar and Cleveland, I was reminded today, has a third headgear inside the building over the Tailings Shaft.

There is a steel headgear inside a building at Dalton Pum
Topic: Head Frames
simonrail

Forum: North East England   Posted: 19/02/2016 12:51:36   Subject: Head Frames
Thanks to Petej for the new list of head frames which needs updating already!

Of the 2 towers at Boulby Mine only one is original; the other was spectacularly blown up a couple of years ago
Topic: Threat to the Discovery Park at Snibston Colliery, Coalville
simonrail

Forum: Midlands   Posted: 31/01/2016 16:30:28   Subject: Threat to the Discovery Park at Snibston Colliery, Coalville
And yet Mr Osborne said on tv the other night that we have the 5th strongest economy.

Topic: Colliery Winding House
simonrail

Forum: General Chat   Posted: 29/01/2016 13:42:46   Subject: Colliery Winding House
There is another, but much smaller, illustration of the site at Durham Mining Museum which actually shows more of the site than Hair.
Topic: Colliery Winding House
simonrail

Forum: General Chat   Posted: 29/01/2016 13:28:20   Subject: Colliery Winding House
Try this one!

Plate XCIII Winding Engine for John Christian, 1788. Between pp.252-253.
James Watt and the Steam Engine.
Dickinson and Jenkins. 1927.
Moorland Publishing editi
Topic: Colliery Winding House
simonrail

Forum: General Chat   Posted: 29/01/2016 11:41:52   Subject: Colliery Winding House
In a case like this what would Sherlock do? (and I don't mean Steve). He would consult his brother.

My brother suggests a Newcomen winder. He says they were built on wooden sleeper foundati
Topic: Colliery Winding House
simonrail

Forum: General Chat   Posted: 28/01/2016 18:37:35   Subject: Colliery Winding House
Building approx. 29 feet by 22 feet.

Thanks for the extra info. Matt but still puzzled.

Gives me something else to think about at 2.30am when I can't get back to sleep.

Topic: Colliery Winding House
simonrail

Forum: General Chat   Posted: 28/01/2016 10:29:17   Subject: Colliery Winding House
I will the Right Honourable and Learned Member to my previous reply where I stated that the Beamish vertical winder has its drum partly supported by a massive wooden A frame, which does the same job a
Topic: Colliery Winding House
simonrail

Forum: General Chat   Posted: 27/01/2016 20:52:44   Subject: Colliery Winding House
The plan of both Beamish and Saltom Pits is similar because both contained a single-cylinder vertical winding engine, and are vaguely similar to Matt's example because of being square in plan. However
Topic: Colliery Winding House
simonrail

Forum: General Chat   Posted: 26/01/2016 22:50:49   Subject: Colliery Winding House
I'm not convinced this was a winding engine house. Certainly one half has contained an egg-ended boiler as indicated by the external fireplace, but the other half doesn't seem big enough for a winding
Topic: Help needed dog down mine in Coatbridge
simonrail

Forum: Scotland   Posted: 19/01/2016 20:42:10   Subject: Help needed dog down mine in Coatbridge
I once discovered a dog in the iron ore workings near Waunfawr in North Wales because I heard it walking over stones in a hole some 15 feet deep, or thereabouts. It didn't bark probably because it had
Topic: Sir Francis Level in 3D
simonrail

Forum: North East England   Posted: 19/01/2016 19:02:24   Subject: Sir Francis Level in 3D
It's a very good graphic representation of a unique winding engine and pump.

But surely it was operated by hydraulic power (and water as well!).

And if it cannot be preserved for
Topic: Boulby Alum Quarry (mid-1970''s) (photo)
simonrail

Forum: North East England   Posted: 05/01/2016 18:41:19   Subject: Boulby Alum Quarry (mid-1970''s) (photo)
Please do. I always try to provide as much information as I can on any pictures. When I started taking pictures in the 1950s as a kid I got into the habit of writing details on the back of prints espe
Topic: Boulby Alum Quarry (mid-1970''s) (photo)
simonrail

Forum: North East England   Posted: 05/01/2016 14:31:16   Subject: Boulby Alum Quarry (mid-1970''s) (photo)
The Boulby dig started about 1965 and my guess is the picture was taken either about 1968 or 1971.

If I find a more precise date I'll let you know.
Topic: Boulby Alum Quarry (mid-1970''s) (photo)
simonrail

Forum: North East England   Posted: 04/01/2016 18:56:59   Subject: Boulby Alum Quarry (mid-1970''s) (photo)
Jim has asked for more information about his pictures of Boulby Alum Works. These works operated from about 1670 until 1870 to produce alum crystals from the abundant shale.


Boulby Al
Topic: Kilton mine photo - map for orientation
simonrail

Forum: North East England   Posted: 04/01/2016 12:10:47   Subject: Kilton mine photo - map for orientation
Kilton Mine photo description.

Front left the square brick wall is around the downcast shaft which at this time was still 700 feet deep (since filled). The big concrete building behind was
Topic: Lumpsey Pic??
simonrail

Forum: North East England   Posted: 01/01/2016 16:14:59   Subject: Lumpsey Pic??
While on the topic of correcting pictures - have a look at Jim's picture in the Historic Rosedale West album of 'Rosedale Chimney Intact 1972' then compare it with other pictures of Rosedale Chimney -
Topic: The Jet Project
simonrail

Forum: North East England   Posted: 24/11/2015 18:00:38   Subject: The Jet Project
But Chris, you are forgetting that Wesker 26 had a past life as a jet miner and will soon tell you when you get it wrong, as he tries to do with the rest of us in CMHS (sorry Dave!).

Perhap
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