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Topic: Flues to free-standing chimnies.
plodger

Forum: Mining Methods & Techniques   Posted: 13/09/2011 17:03:12   Subject: Flues to free-standing chimnies.
Thanks for all of these replies. I'm sure that your right and that the flues were underground as they ran from boiler to chimney - if I had thought about it a bit more it would have become obvious. Th
Topic: Flues to free-standing chimnies.
plodger

Forum: Mining Methods & Techniques   Posted: 10/09/2011 21:10:44   Subject: Flues to free-standing chimnies.
On several engine-house sites I've visited the chimney stands a short distance away from the engine and boiler house. There is always a square (about two foot) hole at ground level in the chimney whic
Topic: Chimney maintenance - silly questions
plodger

Forum: General Chat   Posted: 16/10/2010 16:08:20   Subject: Chimney maintenance - silly questions
There is evidence that at least some sort of cleaning took place in the flues of the boiler (and perhaps the voids leading to the stack?). In Pole's 1844 Treatise on the Cornish Pumping Engine he desc
Topic: The Sheppton Mine Rescue 1963
plodger

Forum: General Chat   Posted: 14/10/2010 18:41:43   Subject: The Sheppton Mine Rescue 1963
Last night Radio 5Live interviewed an American ex-miner who had been involved in the Sheppton, Pennsylvania, mine rescue of 1963. The rescue was a kind of pre-cursor of the Chilean one in that three m
Topic: Chimney maintenance - silly questions
plodger

Forum: General Chat   Posted: 11/10/2010 17:46:56   Subject: Chimney maintenance - silly questions
I was speaking to one of the lady volunteer attendants at the small museum in St.Agnes last week and she told me a story of her father-in-law who was a shot-firer in a tin mine for many years. He quit
Topic: The Severn Bore
plodger

Forum: General Chat   Posted: 28/02/2010 10:04:48   Subject: The Severn Bore
On a completely non-related topic ( and I hope to be forgiven if it's not appropriate ) I notice that the biggest Severn Bore of the year is due on Tuesday morning , 2nd. March. I've always promised m
Topic: Shaft Capping - the process
plodger

Forum: General Chat   Posted: 25/02/2010 21:28:44   Subject: Shaft Capping - the process
In the first half of the last century the NCB in Northumberland seemed to cap their shafts with a single layer of old sleepers laid on a steel frame. As kids we used to lie on them searching for a gap
Topic: How would you empty a kibble?
plodger

Forum: South West England   Posted: 16/02/2010 09:16:35   Subject: How would you empty a kibble?
Spitfire - many thanks for that; I'm going to have to redraw some of my work. Thinking about it I had reasoned that the waggons would have to run on a platform set over the shaft so that they would be
Topic: How would you empty a kibble?
plodger

Forum: South West England   Posted: 23/12/2009 10:42:21   Subject: How would you empty a kibble?
I've found and old (1856 or thereabouts) section of the mine and there is no sign of a below-surface drainage adit. Also a holding reservoir was constructed and I'm assuming that drainage from the sha
Topic: How would you empty a kibble?
plodger

Forum: South West England   Posted: 22/12/2009 16:07:11   Subject: How would you empty a kibble?
My thanks to Morlock, Graigfawr, derrickman, royfellows, Cornish Pixie, Manicminer and christwig - these are great leads to follow. As I said, I'm researching an old copper mine on a friend's land and
Topic: How would you empty a kibble?
plodger

Forum: South West England   Posted: 17/12/2009 22:25:14   Subject: How would you empty a kibble?
I'm still involved in surveying and illustrating an old copper mine in South Devon - the more I do the more there seems to be learned. Today's pressing question is this -

Assuming that a fu
Topic: Tin miners emigration to Northumberland
plodger

Forum: General Chat   Posted: 08/12/2009 13:58:59   Subject: Tin miners emigration to Northumberland
I was raised in the mining village of New Delaval just a few miles from Cramlington and in school, in the 50s, I had 'marrers' from Cramlington named Penhallurick and Penhalluna - both I believe membe
Topic: Anything interesting around Dartmoor?
plodger

Forum: General Chat   Posted: 18/10/2009 19:21:53   Subject: Anything interesting around Dartmoor?
I'm presently surveying the remains of the old engine house and workings of the Druid Mine near Ashburton with the blessings of the owner. It's a very unusual site with the enginehouse probably the m
Topic: Where to in North Wales?
plodger

Forum: South West England   Posted: 06/10/2009 17:22:35   Subject: Where to in North Wales?
We're managing a few days in North Wales next week - anybody got any suggestions for mine/quarry/steam trips bearing in mind that my wife is limited in mobility but she does have an electric trolley w
Topic: What's your favourite book?
plodger

Forum: South West England   Posted: 29/09/2009 18:07:17   Subject: What's your favourite book?
Having become fascinated by Cornish Engines, Engine Houses and Mining I've collected a bit of a library. My question is - what is your favourite, most interesting, most essential book about mining? Ar
Topic: Airway from boiler to chimney?
plodger

Forum: South West England   Posted: 05/08/2009 09:47:10   Subject: Airway from boiler to chimney?
No, sadly it's not mine but it does belong to very close friends who bought the woods mainly, I think, to establish a bird sanctuary - they've lots of boxes in the trees. They are very interested in t
Topic: Airway from boiler to chimney?
plodger

Forum: South West England   Posted: 01/08/2009 20:39:19   Subject: Airway from boiler to chimney?
Well done, ICLOK, it is Druid! Do you know it of old? it's very overgrown at present but there is enough to keep me busy and enthusiastic. I've got permission to do a bit of excavation so maybe a Time
Topic: Airway from boiler to chimney?
plodger

Forum: South West England   Posted: 01/08/2009 11:14:20   Subject: Airway from boiler to chimney?
In a mid-19thC. engine house I'm surveying the chimney stack stands about 10 m. from the boiler house which is against the engine house. At ground level on the chimney is a 2 foot square aperture lead
Topic: Bobweight connection to pumprods
plodger

Forum: South West England   Posted: 12/06/2009 17:01:08   Subject: Bobweight connection to pumprods
Wow - thanks for all of that info. - I'm just amazed at the interest and knowledge displayed by members of this group. By being very careful (and scared) I can get a view down the shaft of the pupmrod
Topic: Bobweight connection to pumprods
plodger

Forum: South West England   Posted: 10/06/2009 20:53:36   Subject: Bobweight connection to pumprods
Thanks to all who replied to my question about the use of charcoal in engine boilers. I'm producing drawings of the mine I'm researching but I can't find any pictures, plans or clear photos of the met
Topic: Charcoal as fuel for Cornish engine
plodger

Forum: South West England   Posted: 09/06/2009 21:34:49   Subject: Charcoal as fuel for Cornish engine
I'm researching into a Victorian copper mine in South Devon, on the edge of Dartmoor. I always assumed that the Cornish Engines used for drainage and haulage were coal powered but a local historian te
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