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Posts by DaveM

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Topic: Charlestown Mine
DaveM

Forum: General Chat   Posted: 01/02/2019 17:19:37   Subject: Charlestown Mine
The most readily accessible limestone mine in Fife is Cults in central Fife, quite a big mine with miles of galleries to explore. This is partly flooded also but only the deeper more recently worked a
Topic: Flooded accesible mines
DaveM

Forum: South East England   Posted: 22/01/2019 17:53:32   Subject: Flooded accesible mines
There could be flooded sections of the gypsum mines at Mountfield/Brightling, East Sussex but I think you would have little chance of being granted access.
Topic: Number of working underground mines in the UK
DaveM

Forum: General Chat   Posted: 15/12/2018 21:41:00   Subject: Number of working underground mines in the UK
The Brightling gypsum mine in East Sussex must be huge by now, its been operating for decades, I've never seen a plan of it but the workings should be very extensive and cover quite a large area.
Topic: Adit entrances to Longannet mines.
DaveM

Forum: General Chat   Posted: 05/12/2018 23:43:00   Subject: Adit entrances to Longannet mines.
I guess that answers that then! About what i thought, as a major mine it would have almost certainly have been thoroughly sealed and landscaped, would have been an interesting explore though if not se
Topic: Adit entrances to Longannet mines.
DaveM

Forum: General Chat   Posted: 03/12/2018 22:47:42   Subject: Adit entrances to Longannet mines.
I was reading about the Longannet mine complex in Fife and noticed that it used to have adit entrances, I wondered if any of these are still accessible, I'm guessing likely not as probably sealed and
Topic: Logs Hill Chalk Mine
DaveM

Forum: South East England   Posted: 27/09/2018 09:49:53   Subject: Logs Hill Chalk Mine
Given the area that its in its possible it may have simply been a dene hole, if it was accessed by a vertical shaft.
Topic: Dry areas...
DaveM

Forum: North Wales   Posted: 08/07/2018 23:50:17   Subject: Dry areas...
Thats remarkable, how low it is in the 2nd picture, must have been a very dry year, be interesting to see how low it gets this year if it stays dry.
Topic: Dry areas...
DaveM

Forum: North Wales   Posted: 08/07/2018 09:30:00   Subject: Dry areas...
I think probably varies a lot, I was in Cults mine last Tuesday and the water had dropped maybe six to eight inches, visibly lower but not enough to make submerged areas accessible, it would have to d
Topic: Mine capping in Cornwall.
DaveM

Forum: General Chat   Posted: 20/05/2018 12:03:42   Subject: Mine capping in Cornwall.
opinions seem to differ, as in this case;

http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/wales/mid/6407319.stm
Topic: Soviet Sinkholes.
DaveM

Forum: General Chat   Posted: 20/05/2018 10:33:47   Subject: Soviet Sinkholes.
Some of these mines have huge tunnels, over 30ft high which would be impossibly expensive to backfill. I guess it will remain a ghost town more or less forever.
A lot of subsidence took place in
Topic: Welsh coal revival?
DaveM

Forum: General Chat   Posted: 23/03/2018 17:35:48   Subject: Welsh coal revival?
with all the new tensions with Russia (biggest natural gas supplier) it would be sensible to maximise UK production of fossil fuels, theres still a lot of coal down there and new technologies mean it
Topic: Cults Limestone Mine, overall passage length.
DaveM

Forum: Scotland   Posted: 09/03/2018 20:09:45   Subject: Cults Limestone Mine, overall passage length.
Yes I'd imagine theres quite a bit more abandoned wagons, rails etc down there, it seems amazing they kept such a large area pumped out just for extracting limestone, which isn't exactly a highly valu
Topic: Cults Limestone Mine, overall passage length.
DaveM

Forum: Scotland   Posted: 09/03/2018 14:08:47   Subject: Cults Limestone Mine, overall passage length.
Heres an example map showing roughly where flooding begins and the areas more to the west where you'd encounter the dead end sumps, south of the blue line is below water table, virtually all the rest
Topic: Cults Limestone Mine, overall passage length.
DaveM

Forum: Scotland   Posted: 07/03/2018 16:49:44   Subject: Cults Limestone Mine, overall passage length.
Be happy to show anyone around who isn't familiar with Cults.

There's flooded points at the end of the 'long walk' tunnel which would certainly lead to deeper areas but the roof seems to be
Topic: Cults Limestone Mine, overall passage length.
DaveM

Forum: Scotland   Posted: 07/03/2018 16:43:15   Subject: Cults Limestone Mine, overall passage length.
The adit at top of hill is marked as an airshaft and was presumably vertical. The very easternmost parts appear to rise up above the water table, according to the map (over the 10410 level). I did lo
Topic: Cults Limestone Mine, overall passage length.
DaveM

Forum: Scotland   Posted: 04/03/2018 16:07:37   Subject: Cults Limestone Mine, overall passage length.
If diving in Cults you would have to do an exploratory trip to locate a suitable entry point to the flooded areas as you could search for hours looking for a point that looked OK, also be warned you e
Topic: Newbigging Limestone Mine (mine)
DaveM

Forum: Scotland   Posted: 14/02/2018 22:15:21   Subject: Newbigging Limestone Mine (mine)
This mine was added recently to the site, just for info the mine is on private farmland and landowner is notably unenthusiastic about people visiting the site.
Topic: Cults Limestone Mine, overall passage length.
DaveM

Forum: Scotland   Posted: 26/12/2017 00:14:06   Subject: Cults Limestone Mine, overall passage length.
Yes, Ive seen that thanks, I also have the official mine plan from the Cults Limestone company, which rather unhelpfully shows mostly what are now underwater areas of the mine! The mine starts to floo
Topic: Battery charging warning
DaveM

Forum: Lamps & Lighting   Posted: 26/12/2017 00:02:49   Subject: Battery charging warning
The nickel hydride batteries are very good but they have to be charged (ideally) the day before you are going to use them which wouldn't be to everyones liking. Before going underground I always take
Topic: Cults Limestone Mine, overall passage length.
DaveM

Forum: Scotland   Posted: 30/09/2017 15:41:18   Subject: Cults Limestone Mine, overall passage length.
Does anyone know the total passage length of the Cults limestone mine? I've made a rough estimate by measuring the passages on the plan using the scale on the map, a third of the plan is unmapped and
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