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Posts by NeilR

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Topic: Marley Hill Colliery late 1960s/ early 70s? (photo)
NeilR

Forum: North East England   Posted: 05/01/2019 08:29:13   Subject: Marley Hill Colliery late 1960s/ early 70s? (photo)
I have fond memories of a visit to Marley Hill in the mid 70s. I went to see a plough face supported with props and bars - the seam was too thin for powered supports. Riding out of the mine was a un
Topic: Bad air in ironstone mines
NeilR

Forum: New recruits!   Posted: 14/02/2018 09:04:51   Subject: Bad air in ironstone mines
Ironstone mines will generally suffer from low oxygen levels as the iron in the rock oxidises to form iron oxide, leaving any non circulating air in the mine depleted in oxygen. The effect of air pre
Topic: Moorgreen pictures
NeilR

Forum: General Chat   Posted: 23/01/2018 08:18:39   Subject: Moorgreen pictures
Thanks for that Buckhill. Will keep an eye open for pictures of those in the old journals
Topic: Moorgreen pictures
NeilR

Forum: General Chat   Posted: 21/01/2018 14:27:53   Subject: Moorgreen pictures
1960s does seem to be the right era. I remember the Peake Ripper being talked about at Lea Hall when I was doing my initial training on 210 Benches seam - which would have been about 1970. They had
Topic: Moorgreen pictures
NeilR

Forum: General Chat   Posted: 21/01/2018 12:19:53   Subject: Moorgreen pictures
I think Les is right about cutter marks on the face and I'm going off the idea of a crusher. I do remember hearing about a Peake Ripper although I never saw one. Could this be it?
Topic: Moorgreen pictures
NeilR

Forum: General Chat   Posted: 21/01/2018 09:48:16   Subject: Moorgreen pictures
The item in the foreground appears to be a slusher winch. I think that what we are looking at is a large crusher mounted over the stage loader fed from a ripping table. The slusher would be used to
Topic: Moorgreen pictures
NeilR

Forum: General Chat   Posted: 20/01/2018 20:56:21   Subject: Moorgreen pictures
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Thanks to pbripley for a fine set of photographs bringing back memories of the joys of advancing longwall faces in the late 60s early 70s.
Topic: Kellingley
NeilR

Forum: General Chat   Posted: 27/01/2017 07:44:21   Subject: Kellingley
I had a look on my way past a week or so ago and the two headframes were still standing but the demolition contractors are looking pretty active!
Topic: Top slicing in Cumbria
NeilR

Forum: Exploration Chat   Posted: 11/06/2016 14:58:29   Subject: Top slicing in Cumbria
Great illustrations. It would have been fascinating to see this system working in practice - a lost art.
Topic: Top slicing in Cumbria
NeilR

Forum: Exploration Chat   Posted: 10/06/2016 11:32:32   Subject: Top slicing in Cumbria
Thanks, the timber floor mat certainly makes sense.
Topic: Top slicing in Cumbria
NeilR

Forum: Exploration Chat   Posted: 09/06/2016 09:41:20   Subject: Top slicing in Cumbria
On a recent family holiday in the South Lakes I managed to get a look round the Roanhead and Askam area. This got me interested in the top slicing method used in these mines.
I understand that t
Topic: 1880 's Channel Tunnel Attempt (photo)
NeilR

Forum: South East England   Posted: 13/11/2015 17:23:12   Subject: 1880 's Channel Tunnel Attempt (photo)
I've uploaded some of my pictures taken in June 1974 at La Descenderie at Sangatte. Sadly I can't find any pictures of Col Beaumont's efforts at Shakespear Cliff. I left the project a couple of week
Topic: 1880 's Channel Tunnel Attempt (photo)
NeilR

Forum: South East England   Posted: 10/11/2015 18:21:39   Subject: 1880 's Channel Tunnel Attempt (photo)
May take longer than I thought - currently decorating and can't get at all of the cardboard boxes yet!
Topic: 1880 's Channel Tunnel Attempt (photo)
NeilR

Forum: South East England   Posted: 09/11/2015 07:37:16   Subject: 1880 's Channel Tunnel Attempt (photo)
In the early 1970s I did a bit of work in Col. Beaumont's tunnel. We were drilling from the old tunnel to put in situ stress meters into the path of the TBM on the trial drivage for the current tunne
Topic: Riccall Coal Mine
NeilR

Forum: Midlands   Posted: 06/10/2014 11:35:38   Subject: Riccall Coal Mine
Does it take a while to update?
Riccall is still showing on the wrong side of the A19.
Topic: Riccall Coal Mine
NeilR

Forum: Midlands   Posted: 06/10/2014 11:01:01   Subject: Riccall Coal Mine
Thanks Rich

Gascoigne Wood could also do with moving to 528319.

Topic: Riccall Coal Mine
NeilR

Forum: Midlands   Posted: 06/10/2014 10:13:15   Subject: Riccall Coal Mine
As it's a wet day I thought that I would move the push pin for Riccall mine into its correct location of 638371 but I'm failing to find a means of editing the location of a mine with an existing entry
Topic: Montague colliery
NeilR

Forum: New recruits!   Posted: 19/04/2014 19:43:01   Subject: Montague colliery
Google 'Along the Coaly Tyne'. It's on that.
Topic: Montague colliery
NeilR

Forum: New recruits!   Posted: 19/04/2014 18:56:09   Subject: Montague colliery
Also good song about the closure of the Montague by Johnny Handle (High Level Ranters). 'Farewell to the Monty'. I think that he had worked there in the Survey Dept.
Topic: Latest news on Whitby Potash Poject
NeilR

Forum: North East England   Posted: 27/02/2014 19:46:28   Subject: Latest news on Whitby Potash Poject
The main tunnel at Gascoigne Wood (Selby) was driven by a 5.8m diameter Robbins machine. By the time you had installed a conveyor capable of doing 15m tonnes per year plus the loco track there wasn't
Topic: Boulby on the BBC
NeilR

Forum: North East England   Posted: 25/04/2013 17:31:03   Subject: Boulby on the BBC
Anything that you can find out would be gratefully recieved.

I will try to put together a list for the folks at Boulby.

Type of mineral mined would also be useful!
Topic: Boulby on the BBC
NeilR

Forum: North East England   Posted: 25/04/2013 14:34:50   Subject: Boulby on the BBC
Thanks Gents

Michael - can you give us some facts and figures on the ones you mention? It would be interesting to have shaft depth and deepest working.

I also have Pyhasalami in
Topic: Boulby on the BBC
NeilR

Forum: North East England   Posted: 25/04/2013 08:03:32   Subject: Boulby on the BBC
To name but a few!

Thanks Michael

I must see if I can get the Wikipedia entry edited - It's the sort of stuff that journalists like to include in articles but it seems to be just
Topic: Boulby on the BBC
NeilR

Forum: North East England   Posted: 24/04/2013 20:55:01   Subject: Boulby on the BBC
I see that this article opens with the statement that Boulby is the second deepest mine in Europe. I suspect that there are now many deeper mines. If we say that, in round figures, the Boulby shafts
Topic: New Zealand underground
NeilR

Forum: Australasia   Posted: 21/10/2011 13:58:04   Subject: New Zealand underground
I've just got back from NZ - I was on a family holiday in the Coromandel area on the North Island. I wasn't kitted up to do any serious investigation but many interesting old mines which look as if th
Topic: Identify the Lincolnshire Ironstone Mine.
NeilR

Forum: Midlands   Posted: 03/03/2011 10:36:17   Subject: Identify the Lincolnshire Ironstone Mine.
It looks like Dragonby to me. I'm sure Les will give us the definitive answer.
Topic: Dawdon 1978 (photo)
NeilR

Forum: North East England   Posted: 03/03/2011 10:18:41   Subject: Dawdon 1978 (photo)
I was going through some old slides when I found this one taken by me using a Kodak instamatic - hence the lack of sharp detail. If only I had invested in a decent camera sooner!

I would st
Topic: Dark Matter
NeilR

Forum: North East England   Posted: 27/01/2011 18:11:48   Subject: Dark Matter
Note NeilR astroparticle physicist - actually van driver/minder.
Topic: boulby trip.
NeilR

Forum: General Chat   Posted: 29/11/2010 19:46:39   Subject: boulby trip.
No need to do anything more moocher. Sarah at the mine got the cancellation message this morning and passed it on to me. I was to be the guide but have now been redeployed to other duties away from B
Topic: boulby trip.
NeilR

Forum: General Chat   Posted: 29/11/2010 10:12:18   Subject: boulby trip.
Sorry we've had to cancel gents.

I'll see if I can get a replacement visit in the diary for April - snow should have gone by then!
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