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Topic: Opening a ET&W cambrian b/136
staffordshirechina

Forum: Lamps & Lighting   Posted: 19/05/2020 08:34:08   Subject: Opening a ET&W cambrian b/136
Ian, you need to touch the magnet to that iron stud in your picture. That stud then conducts the magnetism inside to the plunger and pulls it down to release the top ring.
As mentioned above, it
Topic: Back underground ????
staffordshirechina

Forum: General Chat   Posted: 12/05/2020 08:45:16   Subject: Back underground ????
This week I should have been inspecting some mines in Surrey for London Youth for outdoor centre usage.
That is cancelled.
I wonder how long it will be before we see outdoor centres re-open?
Topic: Free money for clubs with huts
staffordshirechina

Forum: General Chat   Posted: 30/04/2020 13:57:49   Subject: Free money for clubs with huts
[quote="Peter Burgess"]Les, please don't regret posting this. Your latest comments are well-reasoned and I hope everybody reads them with an open mind. And if after reading it you still don't agree wi
Topic: RIP Steve Thompson
staffordshirechina

Forum: General Chat   Posted: 27/04/2020 12:56:02   Subject: RIP Steve Thompson
Sad indeed. I had first met Steve in 1971.
Here is a photo from a Lathkilldale entrance taken 1971/72 time.

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Topic: Cwmorthin Query
staffordshirechina

Forum: North Wales   Posted: 12/04/2020 16:24:30   Subject: Cwmorthin Query
No, just Go Below.
Topic: Top Tip
staffordshirechina

Forum: Midlands   Posted: 10/04/2020 08:19:45   Subject: Top Tip
Over the last few months I have been steadily putting gym weights in our wheelie bin to get rid of them. They were left behind when my sons moved out.
Sadly the last of them went a fortnight ago.
Topic: Unidentified Coal Mine Adit nr A500
staffordshirechina

Forum: Midlands   Posted: 07/04/2020 20:03:18   Subject: Unidentified Coal Mine Adit nr A500
I think I would go for Number 3. Your photos show quite elderly buildings.
Sadly I never got to go to High Carr. I worked for the same company but at their Apedale mine and latterly Bank Top mine
Topic: Unidentified Coal Mine Adit nr A500
staffordshirechina

Forum: Midlands   Posted: 07/04/2020 09:03:59   Subject: Unidentified Coal Mine Adit nr A500
Yes, Definitely High Carr.
Topic: Unidentified Coal Mine Adit nr A500
staffordshirechina

Forum: Midlands   Posted: 06/04/2020 07:35:27   Subject: Unidentified Coal Mine Adit nr A500
Mr C has listed the obvious ones near the D road. We just need to see the photos!

Until you know the names you can upload them to your personal album.
Go to My Aditnow, Personal album
Topic: underground frickley (photo)
staffordshirechina

Forum: General Chat   Posted: 04/04/2020 11:56:27   Subject: underground frickley (photo)
Again from memory, the ones I saw at the training centre were on Dowty props, not those mechanical ones in the photo.
The Dowty props had castellated heads to interlock with notches on the bars.
Topic: underground frickley (photo)
staffordshirechina

Forum: General Chat   Posted: 04/04/2020 07:56:31   Subject: underground frickley (photo)
Yes! Groetschel bars. That was the name I was trying to remember.
I have seen them somewhere else, years ago, it may have been Grassmoor Training Centre.
Topic: underground frickley (photo)
staffordshirechina

Forum: General Chat   Posted: 03/04/2020 15:15:28   Subject: underground frickley (photo)
Quite by chance I found this photo from a 2006 visit I made to the Centre historique minier de Lewarde in Northern France.
It shows clearly what I believe are the same roof support and link bar s
Topic: What’s the strangest thing you’ve found?
staffordshirechina

Forum: General Chat   Posted: 01/04/2020 15:20:08   Subject: What’s the strangest thing you’ve found?
Phil, they do look very much like rag and chain pump staples.
There are some in the PD mining museum that are similar.
Topic: Dark Theme
staffordshirechina

Forum: Site Updates, Suggestions & Corrections   Posted: 01/04/2020 08:53:22   Subject: Dark Theme
Is this an April Fool wind-up?

If not, then I suggest we all go back to Oldham lamps instead of Fellow's bat cookers and everything will seem much darker....
Topic: underground frickley (photo)
staffordshirechina

Forum: General Chat   Posted: 30/03/2020 12:43:13   Subject: underground frickley (photo)
This looks quite an old set up.
Any idea of date?
All the supports are manual and appear to be of the friction type, not Dowty props.
Older coal cutters used a steel rope for haulage. I
Topic: Mining term: jem crow
staffordshirechina

Forum: General Chat   Posted: 29/03/2020 18:39:28   Subject: Mining term: jem crow
[quote="inbye"]
I only ever saw one set in situ, in some old workings at Grimethorpe colliery.


[/quote]

The only set I ever saw were in the underground training galle
Topic: Mining term: jem crow
staffordshirechina

Forum: General Chat   Posted: 28/03/2020 21:30:43   Subject: Mining term: jem crow
I was always under the impression it was called a Jim Crow because when viewed from above it looked like a crow's foot?
Topic: What’s the strangest thing you’ve found?
staffordshirechina

Forum: General Chat   Posted: 25/03/2020 21:39:05   Subject: What’s the strangest thing you’ve found?
Choice of two depending on your sensibilities...

In 1972 I found a Jaeger-le-Couture watch underwater in Bateman's shaft, Lathkilldale. I wound it up and it went. Wore it for many years!
Topic: Places to stay and eat at, near mines, that you would hate to lose in the current apocalypse.
staffordshirechina

Forum: General Chat   Posted: 20/03/2020 14:56:38   Subject: Places to stay and eat at, near mines, that you would hate to lose in the current apocalypse.
This week I went over to North Wales to do the Outdoor Centre mine safety inspections. We decided on Monday that we would go ahead with minimal staffing just to get it done. Each day the news got wors
Topic: Found in a Mine
staffordshirechina

Forum: General Chat   Posted: 14/03/2020 09:43:08   Subject: Found in a Mine
I have just noticed this topic on the BBC website.

https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-england-tyne-51386314

Anyone know any more about it?
Topic: Hope Level 1970s/80s (photo)
staffordshirechina

Forum: North East England   Posted: 03/02/2020 09:26:57   Subject: Hope Level 1970s/80s (photo)
Jim, while you are at it, the lady next to Dave Sargeant is the late Evelyn Dixon, from Peak District Mining Museum / PDMHS

Les
Topic: Great County Adit
staffordshirechina

Forum: New recruits!   Posted: 22/01/2020 20:52:14   Subject: Great County Adit
[quote="somersetminer"]I like how the caption for the rock drill is a hand held machine :lol: err, no![/quote]

They were tough in them thar days. They held it by the spigot with one hand an
Topic: Guddhamgill High Level Sumps
staffordshirechina

Forum: North West England   Posted: 08/01/2020 08:36:01   Subject: Guddhamgill High Level Sumps
Depending on which level we are talking about, several of us went into Guddamgill level and went down sumps, particularly the one with the air pipe down it which should lead to the flats but is choked
Topic: South Crofty - current situation?
staffordshirechina

Forum: South West England   Posted: 05/01/2020 21:19:39   Subject: South Crofty - current situation?
[quote="sinker"][quote="The Fresh Prince of Portreath"]

A wide tie knot and pointy shoes...…

[/quote]


Totally :offtopic: but.... :lol::lol::lol::lol::lol::lol::l
Topic: Diglake Colliery Memorial
staffordshirechina

Forum: Midlands   Posted: 05/01/2020 09:57:01   Subject: Diglake Colliery Memorial
This flyer came through our door yesterday.
It may be of interest. Next weekend.

Les

[link]119649[linkphoto]119649[/linkphoto][/link]

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Topic: Coalcleugh level 1990s (photo)
staffordshirechina

Forum: North East England   Posted: 09/09/2019 21:19:53   Subject: Coalcleugh level 1990s (photo)
The wall must have come and gone a bit though.
We went in there in 1974. It was half-walled at that time.
My safety lamp went out near the end fall.
Topic: Deep shaft required
staffordshirechina

Forum: General Chat   Posted: 27/08/2019 20:40:31   Subject: Deep shaft required
[quote="sinker"][quote="AR"]Wow - that's an urbexer's wet dream of a place....[/quote]

As a lover of old trucks and cranes....wow! Priapic! :lol:

[/quote]
SES were the contr
Topic: Miles of rare gold have been discovered
staffordshirechina

Forum: North Wales   Posted: 20/08/2019 08:52:20   Subject: Miles of rare gold have been discovered
It must be one of them "rare earths" that they talk about?

So rare that nobody has found it yet....
Topic: Calendar 2020 - Photographs please!
staffordshirechina

Forum: General Chat   Posted: 03/08/2019 22:07:15   Subject: Calendar 2020 - Photographs please!
Miles, it's a calendar, not a zombie apocalypse movie.....:lol:
Topic: Lumens - its in front of you!
staffordshirechina

Forum: Lamps & Lighting   Posted: 02/07/2019 14:55:34   Subject: Lumens - its in front of you!
Not a UK seller Roy!
Look at the feedback page, based in the land of the ******.

A lot of them pretend to have a UK address or the address is a chip shop....

You are still c
Topic: Exploring Coal Mines - Gas?
staffordshirechina

Forum: General Chat   Posted: 04/06/2019 15:26:08   Subject: Exploring Coal Mines - Gas?
[quote="legendrider"] so does HSE

had that first-hand from the man himself

MARK[/quote]

So did I, just yesterday....
Topic: Eckington Colliery closure?
staffordshirechina

Forum: Midlands   Posted: 17/05/2019 07:53:41   Subject: A different sort of sad news!
Yes, it is true and quite recent.
Topic: Hard Level Gill plant June 1977 photo
staffordshirechina

Forum: General Chat   Posted: 28/04/2019 09:22:23   Subject: Hard Level Gill plant June 1977 photo
[quote="Jim MacPherson"]

Hi Les,

By chance did anyone take a photo or two?

Jim[/quote]

Hi Jim,

Sadly I wasn't into photos then. I would be surpri
Topic: Hard Level Gill plant June 1977 photo
staffordshirechina

Forum: General Chat   Posted: 27/04/2019 20:46:58   Subject: Hard Level Gill plant June 1977 photo
[quote="sinker"][quote="legendrider"]

The van on the left looks to me like a Commer, I'm sure Sinker can confirm the model :thumbup:

MARK[/quote]

Cool photo. SUPER coo
Topic: Easter visit to St Francis level
staffordshirechina

Forum: North West England   Posted: 25/04/2019 07:24:15   Subject: Easter visit to St Francis level
Why is it that people think that they used canaries to monitor oxygen??
Topic: Worsley Colliery & Navigable Levels - Duke of Bridgewater's Underground Canals
staffordshirechina

Forum: North West England   Posted: 19/12/2018 08:40:29   Subject: Worsley Colliery & Navigable Levels - Duke of Bridgewater's Underground Canals
[quote="AR"]
Abandonment plans should show the full extent of a mine's working at closure, they have been a statutory requirement since the latter part of the 19th century. However, they don't al
Topic: Number of working underground mines in the UK
staffordshirechina

Forum: General Chat   Posted: 12/12/2018 21:12:29   Subject: Number of working underground mines in the UK
OK, I agree in many ways.
We've just been caring, maintaining and pumping water for the last 35 years.
We still have the HSE on our backs too!
Topic: Number of working underground mines in the UK
staffordshirechina

Forum: General Chat   Posted: 12/12/2018 18:34:32   Subject: Number of working underground mines in the UK
Does water count as a resource?
What about care and maintenance mines?

Just askin!
Topic: Number of working underground mines in the UK
staffordshirechina

Forum: General Chat   Posted: 11/12/2018 16:20:04   Subject: Number of working underground mines in the UK
Even then, not all "working mines" are actually mining anything...
Topic: Farming in mines
staffordshirechina

Forum: General Chat   Posted: 02/12/2018 21:03:54   Subject: Farming in mines
As Manager of a large mine with 170 odd miles of roadways, this sounds wonderful news. However, nobody seems to have mentioned the restrictions imposed by legislation!
We are a non FLP mine too.
Topic: Dave Williams
staffordshirechina

Forum: General Chat   Posted: 29/11/2018 21:31:19   Subject: Dave Williams
It is 21st December at the Palace Hotel, Buxton.
12.00 Midday for a celebration, then 12.45 pm at the Wildside, Buxton Cemetery for a burial, then back to the Palace for a p1ss-up.
Topic: Dave Williams
staffordshirechina

Forum: General Chat   Posted: 26/11/2018 17:09:24   Subject: Dave Williams
Not yet.
I'll post them when it has been sorted.
Topic: Dave Williams
staffordshirechina

Forum: General Chat   Posted: 20/11/2018 18:40:29   Subject: Dave Williams
For those who knew Dave Williams (aditnow - davetidza), long time PDMHS member, he died this afternoon.

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Topic: 4 Gas Monitors
staffordshirechina

Forum: Exploration Chat   Posted: 21/09/2018 20:59:14   Subject: 4 Gas Monitors
[quote="Mr-T"]My concern would be if a little inexperienced and you tried your lighter with flammable gases around :ohmygod:[/quote]

Where the hell are you going that you will encounter Met
Topic: Great Masson Owners
staffordshirechina

Forum: North West England   Posted: 01/09/2018 15:33:30   Subject: Great Masson Owners
To the best of my knowledge, the Heights own some of the parts nearest them, they choose not to use them in the showcave as they have enough already.
As to the parts nearest the quarry, there is
Topic: Draeger 10 minute air escape unit with a hood
staffordshirechina

Forum: For Sale! (and wanted / for swap)   Posted: 19/08/2018 16:17:36   Subject: Draeger 10 minute air escape unit with a hood
[quote="sinker"]No offence intended but this is a recipe for certain death if you think a Draeger ten minute escape set is going to help you in ANY recreational underground situation. On the contrary,
Topic: Mineral rights legal advice
staffordshirechina

Forum: General Chat   Posted: 25/07/2018 16:27:20   Subject: Mineral rights legal advice
Maybe not a solicitor but Wardell Armstrong consultants act for many mineral owners. Their main office is in Stoke.
They do a lot of sorting out of messes in this field.
Topic: Frongoch Engine Shaft
staffordshirechina

Forum: Mid Wales   Posted: 05/07/2018 20:59:21   Subject: Frongoch Engine Shaft
They are the next bit of the pump rods above bound with steel clamps , like the one you can see but from a different angle.
As to what stops them falling on your head, the answer is "not much!"
Topic: Fir Vale Colliery near Catthorpe Chesterfield
staffordshirechina

Forum: General Chat   Posted: 28/04/2018 17:53:16   Subject: Fir Vale Colliery near Catthorpe Chesterfield
Well done Chris, I didn't find that map!

The geology in that area is rising to the west so the seams will be nearing outcrop at Four lane Ends and getting shallower towards Cutthorpe itself
Topic: Fir Vale Colliery near Catthorpe Chesterfield
staffordshirechina

Forum: General Chat   Posted: 28/04/2018 14:49:40   Subject: Fir Vale Colliery near Catthorpe Chesterfield
A quick look on Old Maps doesn't show anything useful.
The actual maps required aren't there. However there is a colliery shown at Four Lane Ends which could be Cutthorpe Colliery, it is within n
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