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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
Topic: Fir Vale Colliery near Catthorpe Chesterfield
staffordshirechina

Forum: General Chat   Posted: 28/04/2018 14:22:37   Subject: Fir Vale Colliery near Catthorpe Chesterfield
[quote]
Fir Vale (John Crooks) Cutthorpe, Mickley / Ashgate, c 4” (0.10m), d 9” (0.25m), soft coal 1’ 6” (0.45m), batt 5” (0.13m), soft coal 8” (0.20m), 2 shafts 15 yards (14m deep)[u][/u][/quote
Topic: Fir Vale Colliery near Catthorpe Chesterfield
staffordshirechina

Forum: General Chat   Posted: 27/04/2018 21:54:24   Subject: Fir Vale Colliery near Catthorpe Chesterfield
I just put this into Google and got several responses.

fir vale colliery, cutthorpe chesterfield

The Google page is here:-

https://www.google.co.uk/search?q=fir+vale+c
Topic: Fir Vale Colliery near Catthorpe Chesterfield
staffordshirechina

Forum: General Chat   Posted: 27/04/2018 17:29:27   Subject: Fir Vale Colliery near Catthorpe Chesterfield
Hi Sarah,

I think you will find it is Cutthorpe, not Catthorpe. These things vary over time!

If you Google fir vale colliery, cutthorpe chesterfield, you will find several leads.
Topic: Communicating in shafts
staffordshirechina

Forum: General Chat   Posted: 18/03/2018 08:03:59   Subject: Communicating in shafts
[quote="RAMPAGE"]
If there is already a metal pipe in the shaft (air/rising main etc) it might do it. Usually the antennas on the radios can have the plastic casing pulled off to reveal the metal
Topic: Communicating in shafts
staffordshirechina

Forum: General Chat   Posted: 17/03/2018 21:20:29   Subject: Communicating in shafts
At Snailbeach, the Shropshire Mining Club had threaded a single wire through the stopes right down to the bottom level.
At the surface you attached a CB radio via a croc clip on the aerial to the
Topic: Locating mine entrance - aerial photo
staffordshirechina

Forum: General Chat   Posted: 16/03/2018 07:38:19   Subject: Locating mine entrance - aerial photo
It is listed in the index of "The Coal Mines of Buxton" by Roberts and Leach 1985. With a vague location.
Topic: Killhope Photo
staffordshirechina

Forum: North West England   Posted: 15/03/2018 21:31:53   Subject: Killhope Photo
Jim's latest photos showing "Remedial works" looks in fact like the base of the current show mine concrete box being built?

Les
Topic: Nenthead and the Snow
staffordshirechina

Forum: North West England   Posted: 06/03/2018 15:09:25   Subject: Nenthead and the Snow
Who was the Dodd Level named after, connecting Scraithole and Brownley Hill/Guddamgill?
Topic: Norwich Chalk Mines
staffordshirechina

Forum: General Chat   Posted: 03/03/2018 18:07:51   Subject: Norwich Chalk Mines
Idly clicking on the BBC site whilst waiting for teatime.
I found this clip. Never seen it before.
Very dramatic!
As a result of this incident, we went to Norwich two years later to tun
Topic: Bad air in ironstone mines
staffordshirechina

Forum: New recruits!   Posted: 15/02/2018 22:40:05   Subject: Bad air in ironstone mines
In general, old ironstone mines are best avoided.
The only time we go into them, we have a big fan at the entrance and that seems to cure any problems.......
Topic: UK bat population doing OK
staffordshirechina

Forum: Exploration Chat   Posted: 25/01/2018 21:25:44   Subject: UK bat population doing OK
Good news, it appears Roy's bat-cooker lamps are having no lasting effects........
Topic: Moorgreen pictures
staffordshirechina

Forum: General Chat   Posted: 21/01/2018 16:01:20   Subject: Moorgreen pictures
It has the arch setting rams and beam and a big fat motor at the back. It would account for the radial cut marks.
Best bet so far Mr C!
Topic: Moorgreen pictures
staffordshirechina

Forum: General Chat   Posted: 21/01/2018 11:00:57   Subject: Moorgreen pictures
If you expand the picture to supersize, you can (I think) make out circular cutting marks on the ripping lip face at 11 o'clock.
If the machine didn't do the cutting, it would be very close in f
Topic: Moorgreen pictures
staffordshirechina

Forum: General Chat   Posted: 20/01/2018 21:59:00   Subject: Moorgreen pictures
It doesn't look like any Dosco that I have ever seen.
Not sure what the 'ell it is?
Topic: Milwr Tunnel & Olwyn Goch news
staffordshirechina

Forum: North Wales   Posted: 11/01/2018 18:21:24   Subject: Milwr Tunnel & Olwyn Goch news
[quote="Blober"]Its probably not nearly as bad as it was anymore now they've started reconditioning the shafts?[/quote]

Likely to be worse at the moment. They are positively ventilating the
Topic: Milwr Tunnel & Olwyn Goch news
staffordshirechina

Forum: North Wales   Posted: 11/01/2018 12:44:33   Subject: Milwr Tunnel & Olwyn Goch news
It Doesn't.
That stuff is for the 'Mustard Gas Mine'.
Topic: Milwr Tunnel & Olwyn Goch news
staffordshirechina

Forum: North Wales   Posted: 08/01/2018 08:39:46   Subject: Milwr Tunnel & Olwyn Goch news
[quote="Graigfawr"]Thank you for this interesting update. Do you know how the contractors are gaining access (boat?) and where they are removing spoil to (surface by boat / stacking in side tunnels?)?
Topic: Save a Railway Tunnel
staffordshirechina

Forum: Mine Tramways and Railways   Posted: 05/01/2018 08:53:32   Subject: Save a Railway Tunnel
The contractor mentioned in the report, SES,

http://www.queensburytunnel.org.uk/reports/QueensburyTunnelReport(October2016).pdf

is one I have used for many years. They know what
Topic: Pooch problem solved for Mine Explorers
staffordshirechina

Forum: General Chat   Posted: 19/12/2017 14:15:49   Subject: Pooch problem solved for Mine Explorers
But does it mean a cannine or is it in the modern parlance and simply mean taking a dubious lady friend underground?
Topic: Cwmorthin Managers Office
staffordshirechina

Forum: North Wales   Posted: 15/12/2017 14:44:28   Subject: Cwmorthin Managers Office
Well done!
Torchy is still with us but sadly confined to a nursing home in Stockport.
Also, as a computer Luddite, he isn't online at all, shame really.
Some of us are in touch with him
Topic: mines in nidderdale
staffordshirechina

Forum: Midlands   Posted: 05/12/2017 08:48:48   Subject: mines in nidderdale
Gillfield Level is also the only mine nearby that is approved for use by Bewerley Park Outdoor Centre for group trips.
Topic: any ideas ? (photo)
staffordshirechina

Forum: Midlands   Posted: 22/10/2017 07:19:48   Subject: any ideas ? (photo)
It looks like a smashed rope roller to me.
You can still see the rope wear groove on it.

Photograph:

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Topic: Miners' greeting
staffordshirechina

Forum: General Chat   Posted: 20/10/2017 17:22:50   Subject: Miners' greeting
Eey Up!

Seems to have been pretty universal in northern areas.
Topic: Nenthead Mines Spray Paint!!
staffordshirechina

Forum: North West England   Posted: 01/09/2017 08:42:47   Subject: Nenthead Mines Spray Paint!!
If this gentleman was a mine surveyor then he may still have been in work mode?
We use spray paint for all sorts of markings underground.
I suppose while a mine is in use this is normal but
Topic: Pretoria Chert Mine, Bakewell
staffordshirechina

Forum: Midlands   Posted: 29/08/2017 18:15:57   Subject: Pretoria Chert Mine, Bakewell
It is on private land and access not generally given.
It has been surveyed and archaeologists have given it a good going over.
Any articles and info are or will be in PDMHS publications.
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