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Posts by Darran Cowd

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Topic: Plugged in and powered up at Caphouse
Darran Cowd

Forum: Events   Posted: 22/03/2016 13:28:39   Subject: Plugged in and powered up at Caphouse
With a retired director and a new one in the job and our curatorial director now retired too we're looking at everything from top to bottom - one thing is more event based stuff going on and the machi
Topic: Plugged in and powered up at Caphouse
Darran Cowd

Forum: Events   Posted: 19/03/2016 16:07:56   Subject: Plugged in and powered up at Caphouse
Being sadly very behind in everything at the moment I'm giving very late notice of a little event we're having tomorrow at Caphouse Colliery - running tomorrow will be:

Dosco Mk.2 roadheade
Topic: Miners bravery medal and awards
Darran Cowd

Forum: Underground Photography & Video   Posted: 23/11/2015 15:38:40   Subject: Miners bravery medal and awards
I'm pleased to report we were able to get the three medals for Pretoria, Wellington and Sacriston.
We would loved to have got more but being publicly funded and with ever shrinking budgets...you
Topic: Catalogue of Eimco rocker shovels in the UK
Darran Cowd

Forum: General Chat   Posted: 02/10/2015 15:07:02   Subject: Catalogue of Eimco rocker shovels in the UK
In addition to the aforementioned two statics and the runner at Caphouse we've also got a rail mounted 'long boom' rail mounted job (not seen one elsewhere, pics to follow) and also one of the tracked
Topic: Help with Eimco 12B
Darran Cowd

Forum: Mining Methods & Techniques   Posted: 01/10/2014 15:43:48   Subject: Help with Eimco 12B
If your in Yorkshire anytime soon your more than welcome to have a look round ours and talk to our fitters who got it working (all ex-NCB time served); we've probably got all the technical bumph in th
Topic: Request for info - flat woven metal wire rope
Darran Cowd

Forum: General Chat   Posted: 01/08/2014 11:22:00   Subject: Request for info - flat woven metal wire rope
I've just uploaded a pdf of what flat rope samples we have here at Caphouse Colliery. If Peter Quinn were to get in touch with our librarians via curatorial.librarian@ncm.org.uk they should be able to
Topic: NAHMO 2014
Darran Cowd

Forum: North Wales   Posted: 28/07/2014 13:50:14   Subject: NAHMO 2014
Seconded, it was my first conference - definitely won't be the last! Both as a delegate and a speaker I can't say that the welcome, warmth and organisation shown by the Aditnow team was anything less
Topic: Tunnelling Machines - NOT Hunter
Darran Cowd

Forum: General Chat   Posted: 02/07/2014 14:54:46   Subject: Tunnelling Machines - NOT Hunter
The Fowler business archives are held at the Museum of English Rural Life in Reading...I don't know how well they're set up for giving immediate responses to enquiries - it probably requires a visit.
Topic: after some info on a miners lamp
Darran Cowd

Forum: General Chat   Posted: 25/04/2014 10:48:11   Subject: after some info on a miners lamp
Would certainly seem to date before the 1911 regs. it does remind me a bit of a Davis surveyors or dialling lamp...
Topic: When did cages come into use
Darran Cowd

Forum: General Chat   Posted: 24/03/2014 15:38:31   Subject: When did cages come into use
If you ask in the library at Caphouse there's much of this material in the 'Eastwood Collection' (the contents of the NCB library formerly at NCB Eastwood Hall HQ), some of which are original edition
Topic: The Drift - exhibition - Leeds Industrial Museum.
Darran Cowd

Forum: North East England   Posted: 09/03/2014 14:08:39   Subject: The Drift - exhibition - Leeds Industrial Museum.
The book should be correct, one of our long standing trustees is David Flack...it'll be red faces all round otherwise :-[

I'm a bit flummoxed about the flooding issue though myself the way
Topic: New event added 'See How They Run - Working Machinery Day' on 23/03/2014 at 10:00
Darran Cowd

Forum: Events   Posted: 08/03/2014 17:37:22   Subject: New event added 'See How They Run - Working Machinery Day' on 23/03/2014 at 10:00
I'll be running the line shafting in the workshop and the electric winder alternately if anyone wants to pop along for a chat.
Topic: New event added 'See How They Run - Working Machinery Day' on 23/03/2014 at 10:00
Darran Cowd

Forum: Events   Posted: 08/03/2014 17:27:32   Subject: New event added 'See How They Run - Working Machinery Day' on 23/03/2014 at 10:00
A new event has been added to the Events page.

[b]Event name: See How They Run - Working Machinery Day[/b]

[b]Date & time: 23/03/2014 at 10:00[/b]

Details: It that tim
Topic: The Drift - exhibition - Leeds Industrial Museum.
Darran Cowd

Forum: North East England   Posted: 08/03/2014 16:55:30   Subject: The Drift - exhibition - Leeds Industrial Museum.
The book that goes with the exhibition is very good too! (but I would say that since NCMME published it and also funded the project and exhibition ;D )
Topic: Miners safety lamp. Which ?
Darran Cowd

Forum: Exploration Chat   Posted: 15/02/2014 09:37:18   Subject: Miners safety lamp. Which ?
Without wanting to open the flood gates if anyone's who got a [i]locked[/i] magnetic locker on their lamp and is passing Caphouse I'm sure we can open it for you - we've got variety of unlocker's tha
Topic: preservation of eimco rocker shovel?
Darran Cowd

Forum: Member Projects   Posted: 04/02/2014 13:11:20   Subject: preservation of eimco rocker shovel?
Ours is going to be running on Sunday 23 March, along with a little Dosco roadheader action. They'll hopefully be an Eimco bucket running underground along with a compressed air driven haulage... ;D
Topic: Unknown colliery film
Darran Cowd

Forum: General Chat   Posted: 08/01/2014 09:51:40   Subject: Unknown colliery film
Sounds about right, one shaft was reconstructed for skip winding in the mid 70s according to one of our guy's here, loosing the concrete headgear in the process and the domestic fuel plant went in in
Topic: Any advice on copyright issue
Darran Cowd

Forum: South West England   Posted: 03/01/2014 09:38:28   Subject: Any advice on copyright issue
I should add that if a request, on the basis of Chris's detective work, is allowed much of what I've said is redundant!!!
Topic: Any advice on copyright issue
Darran Cowd

Forum: South West England   Posted: 03/01/2014 09:36:32   Subject: Any advice on copyright issue
[quote="Peter Burgess"]Hi Darran - you seem to know some useful stuff there. Regarding the preservation of information digitally for archives, you say not for release to the public, but how would it s
Topic: Any advice on copyright issue
Darran Cowd

Forum: South West England   Posted: 03/01/2014 07:41:43   Subject: Any advice on copyright issue
Without permission of the copyright holder (author, publisher etc.) you can't make a full copy unless if the author has been dead for more than 70 years (there is a bit more to time limits than that b
Topic: Remains of Forest of Dean Beam Engine Unearthed
Darran Cowd

Forum: General Chat   Posted: 03/12/2013 21:10:30   Subject: Remains of Forest of Dean Beam Engine Unearthed
Certainly exciting whatever it is, does remind me of another threads content [link]Personal-Album-1228-Image-50973[linkphoto]Personal-Album-1228-Image-50973[/linkphoto][/link]
Gearded pumping eng
Topic: Wrenthorpe. Wakefield, West Yorks. Coal Mine
Darran Cowd

Forum: North East England   Posted: 03/12/2013 10:29:05   Subject: Wrenthorpe. Wakefield, West Yorks. Coal Mine
I'm very tempted to take a walk up there and see what's left of the training gallery emtrances, not that's there looks to be much when I've been past recently - there appears to have been a fair of la
Topic: Wrenthorpe. Wakefield, West Yorks. Coal Mine
Darran Cowd

Forum: North East England   Posted: 28/11/2013 16:48:34   Subject: Wrenthorpe. Wakefield, West Yorks. Coal Mine
Tony, was this the same shaft as Wrenthorpe Colliery, the site of which became the No. 7 Wakefield area NCB HQ, central area workshops and traning centre at Newton Hill (now Wakefield Council's works
Topic: 2014 Calendar - available to order finally!
Darran Cowd

Forum: General Chat   Posted: 20/11/2013 14:53:33   Subject: 2014 Calendar - available to order finally!
Put me down for one, it'll be nice to have something on the wall other than calendars of big orange underground machinery...
Topic: New Engine house at Redruth
Darran Cowd

Forum: General Chat   Posted: 30/05/2013 11:08:07   Subject: New Engine house at Redruth
Didn't there used to be semi-scale set up at the old Cornwall In Minature site at St Agnes that Duchy of Cornwall used to operate - seemed to remember it was reasonable good and the whim was motorised
Topic: rack & pinion railways
Darran Cowd

Forum: General Chat   Posted: 29/05/2013 16:32:54   Subject: rack & pinion railways
Ah, that'll be the one I saw when I was visiting!
Topic: rack & pinion railways
Darran Cowd

Forum: General Chat   Posted: 27/05/2013 14:38:10   Subject: rack & pinion railways
There were quite a few rack locos knocking around that were commissioned by NCB/British Coal. We've lent one Hunslet to Middleton Railway where its displayed on an inclined section of rail complete wi
Topic: Potash mine to hit visitor numbers by 15%!
Darran Cowd

Forum: North East England   Posted: 17/05/2013 14:01:04   Subject: Potash mine to hit visitor numbers by 15%!
Having had a 'good' read I don't think I'll be eating my words; the assumptions in the first half of section 11 about percentages seem particularly duff, net tourist days lost 1,570,651 on a calculate
Topic: Potash mine to hit visitor numbers by 15%!
Darran Cowd

Forum: North East England   Posted: 16/05/2013 20:19:11   Subject: Potash mine to hit visitor numbers by 15%!
[quote="rodel"]The whole point of this discussion is that some talking head from the National Parks has come up with a loss figure of £40 million to tourism, a figure which is pure conjecture so canno
Topic: Potash mine to hit visitor numbers by 15%!
Darran Cowd

Forum: North East England   Posted: 16/05/2013 17:40:43   Subject: Potash mine to hit visitor numbers by 15%!
I once worked at the RAF Museum and remember people within the authority bemoaning of the [i]LOSS [/i]of the old raydomes at Fylingdales as they considered it something of an attraction for passing vi
Topic: Cornish Engine Houses
Darran Cowd

Forum: General Chat   Posted: 08/05/2013 21:53:38   Subject: Cornish Engine Houses
Seem to remember that being mentioned in D.B. Barton's work on Cornish engines, well overdue a reprint (never had my own copy!), although perhaps it would be a tad expensive given the likely limited c
Topic: Cornish Engine Houses
Darran Cowd

Forum: General Chat   Posted: 07/05/2013 11:07:46   Subject: Cornish Engine Houses
Yes, I have to say I wouldn't want a static home up there, there was a big fall around 1985 when half the adventure playground went on a trip underground...since built over :o

Plenty on th
Topic: Cornish Engine Houses
Darran Cowd

Forum: General Chat   Posted: 07/05/2013 09:40:43   Subject: Cornish Engine Houses
Tom,

I know of it but its said to be inside the NR boundary and so haven't seen it myself. I had a couple of friends from from my Bodmin & Wenford days whoose day time job was on permanent
Topic: Cornish Engine Houses
Darran Cowd

Forum: General Chat   Posted: 06/05/2013 21:43:51   Subject: Cornish Engine Houses
[quote="stuey"]There are many more than you think, and many more than people like Ham Jenks recorded.

We were poking around Par Consols the other day and found some pretty impressive ruins
Topic: Cornish Engine Houses
Darran Cowd

Forum: General Chat   Posted: 06/05/2013 16:39:58   Subject: Cornish Engine Houses
This would certainly be a useful tool, something handy that could be kept in the car. As well as the collective information on here don't forget the historic environment records which are searchable v
Topic: Porthtowan is very dangerous.
Darran Cowd

Forum: South West England   Posted: 09/04/2013 21:05:10   Subject: Porthtowan is very dangerous.
You shouldn't knock the guy too much as he could be an asset. I'll be advising the grandparents (who live in PPC's neck of the woods) to buy an air source heat pump to reduce their energy bills in the
Topic: Lepton Colliery Today (photo)
Darran Cowd

Forum: North West England   Posted: 02/04/2013 16:32:33   Subject: Lepton Colliery Today (photo)
This is Lepton Edge Colliery, there are however a great many more in the immediate area from bell pits to full blown concerns, the workings of part of Victoria Colliery, for one, being directly under
Topic: West Fowey Consols, Engine Details
Darran Cowd

Forum: South West England   Posted: 02/04/2013 13:09:16   Subject: West Fowey Consols, Engine Details
Thanks Lozz, now you say it 60" does ring a bell, I think there might have been a waterwheel too...looks like my folly is on the money! [url]http://www.francisfrith.com/st-blazey/photos/scobell-1904_5
Topic: West Fowey Consols, Engine Details
Darran Cowd

Forum: South West England   Posted: 01/04/2013 18:29:02   Subject: West Fowey Consols, Engine Details
Hi all, just looking on Francis Frith's website for a picture of St Blazey for a relative's anniversary and by chance came across two images which look to be of the engine house that was on Deebles sh
Topic: Par Consols Adit?
Darran Cowd

Forum: South West England   Posted: 24/03/2013 07:56:31   Subject: Par Consols Adit?
I'm always happy to don shovel, lamp & helmet and safety line; my old man's B&B rates aren't too bad :lol: not so keen on Crosscountry's fares though for a visit home, robbing sods :guns:

Topic: Par Consols Adit?
Darran Cowd

Forum: South West England   Posted: 23/03/2013 18:02:42   Subject: Par Consols Adit?
Lets hope so beacuse having lived on top of the place for 15 years it'd be nice to get to the bottom of it. The one thing I can pretty surely say is that I'm not aware of any big ochre slicks in the i
Topic: Par Consols Adit?
Darran Cowd

Forum: South West England   Posted: 23/03/2013 15:09:47   Subject: Par Consols Adit?
Its an approximation, I wouldn't want to claim anything anymore accurate that 15-20m radius, however the 'memoirs' did record it as being north of the road (rather than the south side) which I did thi
Topic: Par Consols Adit?
Darran Cowd

Forum: South West England   Posted: 23/03/2013 13:05:29   Subject: Par Consols Adit?
I have to admit something of a schoolboy error, on my suspicions, having finally got some old notes emailed up from home. I'm still convinced there's something of interest oppesite the papershop given
Topic: New event added 'See How They Run' on 23/03/2013 at 10:00
Darran Cowd

Forum: Events   Posted: 22/03/2013 09:40:33   Subject: New event added 'See How They Run' on 23/03/2013 at 10:00
Guys we're suffering a bit with drifting snow and the event looks like its going to be curatiled to what's available imeadiately round Caphouse Colliery itself tomorrow (Saturday 23rd), which means th
Topic: Par Consols Adit?
Darran Cowd

Forum: South West England   Posted: 22/03/2013 09:32:45   Subject: Par Consols Adit?
Hi guys,
This has always been considered locally to be the adit for consols. However if your aware of the paper shop at the bottom of Par Lane (just after going over the mini roundabout at the to
Topic: Fowey Consols
Darran Cowd

Forum: South West England   Posted: 11/03/2013 21:24:50   Subject: Fowey Consols
No problem Lozz I quite understand, if you have any trouble the offers always open, at worst I'm happy to copy the relevant sections (strictly within terms of fair dealing copyright of course).
K
Topic: Fowey Consols
Darran Cowd

Forum: South West England   Posted: 11/03/2013 20:19:42   Subject: Fowey Consols
Your in for a real treat with that walk; the valley's chok full, three major leat systems (more if you include the dry ones for South Prideaux mine and the corn mills) two china stone mills, four clay
Topic: Fowey Consols
Darran Cowd

Forum: South West England   Posted: 11/03/2013 19:57:44   Subject: Fowey Consols
Bingo, yes, a very interesting chap, didn't he help the Luxulyan Valley Project group with some of the stuff in Prideaux Woods before it was mostly grated or am I thinking of someone complete differen
Topic: Fowey Consols
Darran Cowd

Forum: South West England   Posted: 11/03/2013 19:41:47   Subject: Fowey Consols
Lozz,
Home and straight in the book, the plan appears to be the same De la Beche one you uploaded, but not credited as such...looking now I'd agree that run in I referred to could be the sub-surf
Topic: Fowey Consols
Darran Cowd

Forum: South West England   Posted: 11/03/2013 13:01:49   Subject: Fowey Consols
Pownes shaft rings a bell...
There was a pretty good plan and description of Consols in John Keast's 'The King of Mid-Cornwall'; a very readable biography of Austen/Treffry (he took the latter na
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