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Topic: Proposal to revive Cumbrian coal mining
rikj

Forum: North West England   Posted: 06/11/2019 22:26:39   Subject: Proposal to revive Cumbrian coal mining
Nothing to do with Copeland being on the list of Labour targeted marginal seats :angel:

I'd imagine other marginals are wishing they had such impressive bones to throw to the electorate. Ma
Topic: Construction Phase of 'Woodsmith Mine' Launched by Sirius Minerals
rikj

Forum: North East England   Posted: 08/10/2019 22:43:26   Subject: Construction Phase of 'Woodsmith Mine' Launched by Sirius Minerals
In the news this week:

[i]"A spokesperson said other options on the table could include using the initial part of the underground tunnel to extract what minerals are available and selling i
Topic: Construction Phase of 'Woodsmith Mine' Launched by Sirius Minerals
rikj

Forum: North East England   Posted: 22/09/2019 22:27:19   Subject: Construction Phase of 'Woodsmith Mine' Launched by Sirius Minerals
An article from the early days with lots of good background, puts a more human face on the story. (The FT only gives you one free article per day, so this won't work if you've read another already)
Topic: Construction Phase of 'Woodsmith Mine' Launched by Sirius Minerals
rikj

Forum: North East England   Posted: 19/09/2019 11:56:49   Subject: Construction Phase of 'Woodsmith Mine' Launched by Sirius Minerals
Can't believe how much some private investors have put in. No better time to buy shares than now though.
Topic: Buckden Gavel explorers 1987
rikj

Forum: General Chat   Posted: 11/09/2019 19:37:31   Subject: Buckden Gavel explorers 1987
From the letters page of The Dalesman, March 2012:

[i]I read with interest the article ‘The Mystery of Buckden Bill’ (Jan). There are many twists and turns to this story and facts are still
Topic: Buckden Gavel explorers 1987
rikj

Forum: General Chat   Posted: 09/09/2019 22:44:00   Subject: Buckden Gavel explorers 1987
Only just woken up to the song reference on the plaque. March 1st 1987 the Beastie Boys released "No sleep till Brooklyn", and here in June 1987 we have "No sleep till Buckden".

Sort of hin
Topic: Buckden Gavel explorers 1987
rikj

Forum: General Chat   Posted: 08/09/2019 10:41:05   Subject: Buckden Gavel explorers 1987
Cross Hills is mid-way between Skipton and Keighley, so near enough to explain that bit I would have thought.

MRG=Mine Research Group?
Topic: Wanted - Mine Head gear Wheel (half)
rikj

Forum: For Sale! (and wanted / for swap)   Posted: 27/08/2019 22:39:51   Subject: Wanted - Mine Head gear Wheel (half)
[quote="wheldale"]Maybe try Wakefield council, they have several in storage for future mining monuments.[/quote]

Some at Caphouse also.

The mining pedant in me says that a memori
Topic: Construction Phase of 'Woodsmith Mine' Launched by Sirius Minerals
rikj

Forum: North East England   Posted: 06/08/2019 21:51:38   Subject: Construction Phase of 'Woodsmith Mine' Launched by Sirius Minerals
Sirius Minerals have suspended the sale of the $500m bond that was key to unlocking the $2.5bn revolving credit facility at the end of September.

Seems current cash reserves will last until
Topic: The Duntanlich Barite project
rikj

Forum: Scotland   Posted: 12/07/2019 22:29:00   Subject: The Duntanlich Barite project
Thanks Grumpytramp, thought you would have some knowledge on this. :thumbsup:

And, thanks Tim, the oil price correlation must be the defining factor. I'm north of the border later this year
Topic: The Duntanlich Barite project
rikj

Forum: Scotland   Posted: 09/07/2019 22:27:33   Subject: The Duntanlich Barite project
Anyone know the current position on this? The proposed start date was summer 2019, but there seems to be little current information online. Any info from the real world welcome.
Topic: Wich Camera to Buy? Underground and very UMIDITY conditions
rikj

Forum: Underground Photography & Video   Posted: 30/06/2019 22:44:19   Subject: Wich Camera to Buy? Underground and very UMIDITY conditions
[quote="royfellows"]
Is there a good in depth article about it anywhere that you could link to please?[/quote]

These don't specifically reference the TG4, but if the Live Composite Mod
Topic: Possibly Barneycraig drainage level (photo)
rikj

Forum: General Chat   Posted: 18/05/2019 14:40:23   Subject: Possibly Barneycraig drainage level (photo)
100% same place. Drystone walls must be as unique as fingerprints.
Topic: "The Yorkshire Dales" BBC1 Monday 7.30pm
rikj

Forum: General Chat   Posted: 08/04/2019 23:04:26   Subject: "The Yorkshire Dales" BBC1 Monday 7.30pm
Up on iPlayer now. Mining bit starts just after 10 minutes in, and it is indeed the trip halted for "bad air".

Not entirely sure a relentlessly enthusiastic and cheerful presenter is approp
Topic: Exporting latitude longitude data of mines
rikj

Forum: New recruits!   Posted: 26/03/2019 21:22:39   Subject: Exporting latitude longitude data of mines
Can we ask the nature of the project, academic, personal, commercial etc?

I think the forum owner is the only person who could answer your question, certainly with regard to any technical,
Topic: Sir Francis Level
rikj

Forum: North West England   Posted: 24/03/2019 21:36:40   Subject: Sir Francis Level
[quote]As a newbie......is Pete local to the area, or a regular down the mine or of the group ?? When I was walking up there I was wondering why he would put his name and mobile number on the warning
Topic: The Grassington Mines Appreciation Group
rikj

Forum: General Chat   Posted: 16/03/2019 10:03:23   Subject: The Grassington Mines Appreciation Group
Photo of it from 2011. A few of the levels have the Yorkshire Water signs, possibly they were used for water abstraction?

Maybe the dam at the mouth of the Duke's Level is a legacy of that
Topic: Not sure
rikj

Forum: New recruits!   Posted: 12/03/2019 22:35:51   Subject: Not sure
Thanks for bringing this to the forum Steve, is this Shipley in Derbyshire or Yorkshire? Both have coal mines.

I'd suspect anything saying Shipley Colliery refers to Derbyshire, but Shipley
Topic: Cambridge University Collection of Aerial Photography (CUCAP)
rikj

Forum: General Chat   Posted: 22/02/2019 22:48:34   Subject: Cambridge University Collection of Aerial Photography (CUCAP)
BBC article here:

https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-england-cambridgeshire-47319251

Cambridge University Collection of Aerial Photography (CUCAP) here:

https://www.cambrid
Topic: Construction Phase of 'Woodsmith Mine' Launched by Sirius Minerals
rikj

Forum: North East England   Posted: 25/01/2019 13:08:58   Subject: Construction Phase of 'Woodsmith Mine' Launched by Sirius Minerals
Average of 25m say Sirius.
Topic: Farming in mines
rikj

Forum: General Chat   Posted: 02/12/2018 11:45:04   Subject: Farming in mines
On the BBC website this morning, but source is here:

https://www.nottingham.ac.uk/news/pressreleases/2018/october/revolutionary-urban-farms-aim-to-take-crop-growing-underground.aspx
Topic: Low Moor / Bierley / Oakenshaw
rikj

Forum: New recruits!   Posted: 23/08/2018 22:43:18   Subject: Low Moor / Bierley / Oakenshaw
The whole area was a mass of mines and tramways providing coal and ironstone to the ironworks at Low Moor and Bowling.

If it's a particular bell pit you're interested in then it's likely to
Topic: Thorpe Park shaft 17 (photo)
rikj

Forum: North East England   Posted: 22/08/2018 23:12:25   Subject: Thorpe Park shaft 17 (photo)
Welcome to aditnow.

Is this the shaft at what I would call the top end of the site that has been fenced off since work began? That is the site of Ellen Pit, or is this a new find?

Topic: Cononish Gold Mine
rikj

Forum: Scotland   Posted: 21/04/2018 22:33:09   Subject: Cononish Gold Mine
Hard to see how you sell the idea of a gold mine to investors. Although there is some consumer demand for gold it doesn't really behave like other commodities such as oil, wheat etc.

It isn
Topic: Radon
rikj

Forum: General Chat   Posted: 25/03/2018 22:25:06   Subject: Radon
Worth noting that more than 85% of all radon induced cases of lung cancer are in smokers. Ex-smokers have a higher incidence than those who have never smoked, but current smokers have a significantly
Topic: How would I find employement records for Auchengeich colliery?
rikj

Forum: New recruits!   Posted: 03/03/2018 20:02:34   Subject: How would I find employement records for Auchengeich colliery?
You may have come across it already, but the National Mining Museum Scotland have produced a guide to researching family history in the coal mining industry.

https://nationalminingmuseum.co
Topic: Save a Railway Tunnel
rikj

Forum: Mine Tramways and Railways   Posted: 04/01/2018 22:22:04   Subject: Save a Railway Tunnel
All mine related as the whole area has been extensively mined for coal, clay and fireclay. The tunnel cut through various workings during its construction, and their subsequent collapse is held to be
Topic: Old Iron Mines
rikj

Forum: General Chat   Posted: 30/12/2017 15:05:48   Subject: Old Iron Mines
These ones?

https://historicengland.org.uk/listing/the-list/list-entry/1005786

the original references are given at the end, maybe more info there. They would make a cracking pho
Topic: Man falls down Cornwall mineshaft
rikj

Forum: South West England   Posted: 25/09/2017 22:09:42   Subject: Man falls down Cornwall mineshaft
A longer piece on the BBC News at Six, viewable on iPlayer but probably not for long. Starts about 23 minutes in; interview in the mine with one of the S&R volunteers.

Topic: Pit checks
rikj

Forum: General Chat   Posted: 03/07/2017 10:48:13   Subject: Pit checks
Could P.O. be for Post Office? In the days when the GPO looked after phones they had flame lamps for the underground stuff.
Topic: Long Rake
rikj

Forum: General Chat   Posted: 04/05/2017 21:43:37   Subject: Long Rake
Venting underground so they don't have to do emissions testing and buy lots of expensive dust extraction equipment.

Given that they dry and tumble all sorts of aggregates no telling what th
Topic: Apedale Heritage Centre - Extended Mine Trips
rikj

Forum: Midlands   Posted: 26/03/2017 22:35:41   Subject: Apedale Heritage Centre - Extended Mine Trips
I'm on the 11.00 am one on the 29th, but it looks like they are all booked up now for the moment.

I'm sure there is something else over that way I've been meaning to look at when over that
Topic: Pumped storage in a disused mine.
rikj

Forum: General Chat   Posted: 18/03/2017 09:18:24   Subject: Pumped storage in a disused mine.
An interesting possible use of disused coal mines:

https://www.bloomberg.com/news/articles/2017-03-17/german-coal-mine-to-be-reborn-as-giant-pumped-hydropower-battery

no idea how
Topic: Collyweston Slate Mine
rikj

Forum: New recruits!   Posted: 09/03/2017 19:28:39   Subject: Collyweston Slate Mine
Some info here:

https://www.aditnow.co.uk/Community/viewtopic.aspx?t=12280

Topic: Slate mine reopening
rikj

Forum: General Chat   Posted: 13/01/2017 09:52:19   Subject: Slate mine reopening
Info on the working method etc

http://www.northamptonshire.gov.uk/en/councilservices/Environ/planning/planapps/Documents/PDF%20Documents/Minerals%20and%20Waste%20Apps/15.00030.MINFUL-MineWo
Topic: Wanted:- "The Treatment of Disused Shafts and Adits" (NCB 1982 82pp)
rikj

Forum: General Chat   Posted: 29/12/2016 22:33:15   Subject: Wanted:-
Veering slightly off topic, interesting to note that in one of the appendices on geophysical methods for detecting concealed entrances is the following:

"[i]Though the services of water div
Topic: New low light camera
rikj

Forum: Underground Photography & Video   Posted: 09/12/2016 22:37:58   Subject: New low light camera
This looks to be a bit of an oddball, but mentioned as it's the first camera I've seen which says it's aimed at cavers (among others). Obviously for cavers, read mine explorers.

https://www
Topic: Blackhill Lead Mine
rikj

Forum: North West England   Posted: 13/11/2016 22:27:19   Subject: Blackhill Lead Mine
Visited again 6 years on and seems exactly the same, even the animal prints in the mud are undisturbed.

The collapse is a mass of blocks, not like the usual northern shale falls. The rest o
Topic: Rainford Delph Limestone Quarry (mine)
rikj

Forum: North West England   Posted: 11/11/2016 19:50:38   Subject: Rainford Delph Limestone Quarry (mine)
I'm sure it should be sandstone as you say. Looking on the BGS geology viewer there is no limestone there, just a succession of sandstones.

Rainford Delph (Crank Caverns) and Crisp Delph ar
Topic: Ripon Sinkhole.
rikj

Forum: General Chat   Posted: 10/11/2016 12:22:09   Subject: Ripon Sinkhole.
Good page on the area from the BGS:

http://www.bgs.ac.uk/research/engineeringGeology/shallowGeohazardsAndRisks/sinkholes/riponFeb2014.html

Topic: Latest news on Whitby Potash Poject
rikj

Forum: North East England   Posted: 01/11/2016 23:09:42   Subject: Latest news on Whitby Potash Poject
More investment:

http://www.ginarinehart.com.au/hancock-expands-agricultural-interests-investment-sirius-minerals-plc/

Topic: Suggestions wanted for 2017 trips
rikj

Forum: North Wales   Posted: 01/11/2016 22:03:51   Subject: Suggestions wanted for 2017 trips
[quote="bob adams"]I'd like a wander around Smallcleugh at Nenthead as its a bit more local for me than Wales :)
[/quote]

We do Leeds to Nent a couple of times a year if you want to ma
Topic: New Silkstone Coal Colliery (mine)
rikj

Forum: North East England   Posted: 14/10/2016 22:41:11   Subject: New Silkstone Coal Colliery (mine)
They are moving to the new West Yorkshire History Centre. Heritage Lottery funded and currently being built in Kirkgate, Wakefield.

The Leeds branch fairly recently moved to new premises in
Topic: Android tablet horrors!
rikj

Forum: General Chat   Posted: 14/10/2016 09:44:27   Subject: Android tablet horrors!
Crowd sourcing and a reverse lookup database.

Phones and tablets note the unique addresses of wifi broadcasts, along with their signal strength, and current location according to their buil
Topic: New Silkstone Coal Colliery (mine)
rikj

Forum: North East England   Posted: 07/10/2016 21:42:07   Subject: New Silkstone Coal Colliery (mine)
Hi, welcome to AditNow.

There is a three page history of the Tivydale Coal Company in the book "The Last of the Day-Hole Miners" by John Senior ISBN 1-874754-78-0. Got my copy from Moore B
Topic: Protector 6 mining lamp
rikj

Forum: New recruits!   Posted: 25/09/2016 12:40:30   Subject: Protector 6 mining lamp
Yes, it should be there.
Topic: Gill Heads mine duplicate
rikj

Forum: Site Updates, Suggestions & Corrections   Posted: 07/08/2016 21:50:19   Subject: Gill Heads mine duplicate
This one I'd say:

http://www.aditnow.co.uk/Mines/Gill-Heads-Lead-Mine_8172/

Topic: Gill Heads mine duplicate
rikj

Forum: Site Updates, Suggestions & Corrections   Posted: 07/08/2016 15:56:43   Subject: Gill Heads mine duplicate
Gill Heads mine seems to be in the database twice; the other occurrence with the spelling Gillheads.

Gill Heads spelling is given in British Mining No. 60, Greenhow Mine, so I would take th
Topic: Latest news on Whitby Potash Poject
rikj

Forum: North East England   Posted: 20/07/2016 19:31:44   Subject: Latest news on Whitby Potash Poject
Approval given for the port facilities. Final piece of the jigsaw they say.

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-england-36846301

Topic: Henry de Ferrers - medieval Lead Mines
rikj

Forum: New recruits!   Posted: 19/05/2016 10:36:04   Subject: Henry de Ferrers - medieval Lead Mines
[quote="D.Send"]
The coal mines statement originates from :
www.helenlee.co.uk/tutbury/concise5.html
It could be that the search engine has linked two unlinked references...? This is th
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