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Posts by RichardB

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Topic: Number of working underground mines in the UK
RichardB

Forum: General Chat   Posted: 21/12/2018 06:11:49   Subject: Number of working underground mines in the UK
[quote="Peter Burgess"]This was the situation 20 years ago:

http://www.wcms.org.uk/cgi-bin/wcmsarchive.pl?archid=british_mines_and_quarries_apr1999
[/quote]

I think Foss and
Topic: Dry areas...
RichardB

Forum: North Wales   Posted: 08/07/2018 19:08:31   Subject: Dry areas...
[quote="DaveM"]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
Topic: Abandoned Engineering
RichardB

Forum: General Chat   Posted: 24/05/2018 17:55:42   Subject: Abandoned Engineering
It wants to turn into a mail link for some reason. If you strip off the "mailto:" and insert a colon after the "https" it works.

Topic: Worlds daftest torch?
RichardB

Forum: Lamps & Lighting   Posted: 09/04/2018 17:26:54   Subject: Worlds daftest torch?
[quote="royfellows"]Chinese copies of a Chinese torch?
:lol:[/quote]

The T6 bike lights you get on eBay are Magicshine knock-offs, and I understand Magicshines are already a knock-off
Topic: Cults Limestone Mine, overall passage length.
RichardB

Forum: Scotland   Posted: 04/03/2018 22:20:17   Subject: Cults Limestone Mine, overall passage length.
It's the Mine Mouth you see in the top right here https://www.aditnow.co.uk/Photo/Cults-Mine-Northeastern-Section_113579/

The flooding starts just before it branches out, so there's a fair
Topic: Cults Limestone Mine, overall passage length.
RichardB

Forum: Scotland   Posted: 04/03/2018 21:50:15   Subject: Cults Limestone Mine, overall passage length.
I'd go as far as saying that the sealed eastern adit is the only part of the mine you could dive. I think the flooding in the other bits is a sump at the end of the mine rather than flooded passages.
Topic: Repurposing
RichardB

Forum: General Chat   Posted: 13/01/2018 13:06:25   Subject: Repurposing
Drinking den.
Topic: Outsiders first post - a little help please
RichardB

Forum: North East England   Posted: 13/11/2017 20:22:29   Subject: Outsiders first post - a little help please
I've seen pictures of the new grid before but earlier in the thread Christwigg said that the adit has been buried.
Topic: Outsiders first post - a little help please
RichardB

Forum: North East England   Posted: 13/11/2017 11:48:10   Subject: Outsiders first post - a little help please
Are there any pictures of what's been done at Groverake? I thought they had to keep it accessible for bats.
Topic: Most embarassing moment underground....
RichardB

Forum: General Chat   Posted: 21/04/2017 11:58:34   Subject: Most embarassing moment underground....
Have you managed the camera yet? I have. I had the camera bag with all the gear in it and I was carrying the tripod, all of which was quite a hindrance as I was scrabbling down to the adit. I opened t
Topic: Most embarassing moment underground....
RichardB

Forum: General Chat   Posted: 20/04/2017 14:47:05   Subject: Most embarassing moment underground....
You might be thinking of a different Charlestown. This one is in Fife and I'm not aware of any adits on the beach, although I'd love to hear about it if there is one.
Topic: Most embarassing moment underground....
RichardB

Forum: General Chat   Posted: 20/04/2017 14:16:49   Subject: Most embarassing moment underground....
On a visit to Charlestown I found a way to squeeze through into what I thought would be a huge network of tunnels. I couldn't investigate properly because I had the kids in tow, so I arranged another
Topic: Most embarassing moment underground....
RichardB

Forum: General Chat   Posted: 20/04/2017 13:12:36   Subject: Most embarassing moment underground....
Car keys do seem to be a recurring theme. It's the one thing you really don't want to lose, anything else you can do without or go back for another day, but after a few hours underground you really wa
Topic: Most embarassing moment underground....
RichardB

Forum: General Chat   Posted: 20/04/2017 12:46:30   Subject: Most embarassing moment underground....
The first time we went to Nenthead we spent a good couple of hours roaming around on the surface and several more underground. It was about 10pm when we emerged, and that was when I realised I'd lost
Topic: Daiglen Burn Copper Mine.
RichardB

Forum: Scotland   Posted: 06/12/2016 21:11:10   Subject: Daiglen Burn Copper Mine.
I think that's the same one I was in, I'll have to go back to refresh my memory.
Topic: Daiglen Burn Copper Mine.
RichardB

Forum: Scotland   Posted: 04/12/2016 17:09:38   Subject: Daiglen Burn Copper Mine.
I didn't get a grid reference I'm afraid, but it's quite easy to spot if you keep looking up to the left as you head down the Glen path, less easy to spot on the way up IIRC. The friend who was with m
Topic: Knock Hill Sandstone Mine location
RichardB

Forum: Scotland   Posted: 04/12/2016 16:14:50   Subject: Knock Hill Sandstone Mine location
Nydie Quarry has been filled in and landscaped. I've been there loads of times (it was the council tip) and even I can't tell where it was without a map.

Knockhill Quarry is a little bit fu
Topic: Daiglen Burn Copper Mine.
RichardB

Forum: Scotland   Posted: 04/12/2016 15:59:27   Subject: Daiglen Burn Copper Mine.
I'm pretty sure that the location given on here is wrong, although I've not actually looked where it says.

Is the path still closed? There's another mine on the direct path, you see it quit
Topic: Cults Limestone Mine - Cupar
RichardB

Forum: Scotland   Posted: 31/10/2016 20:02:18   Subject: Cults Limestone Mine - Cupar
Another rescue tonight. I think it'll get blocked off now.

The local rag thinks they were workers. The home of quality journalism. https://www.thecourier.co.uk/fp/news/local/fife/307610/wor
Topic: PUB - Morning coffee and WHAT!
RichardB

Forum: General Chat   Posted: 28/05/2016 09:02:24   Subject: PUB - Morning coffee and WHAT!
[img]https://scontent-lhr3-1.xx.fbcdn.net/v/t1.0-9/13319789_10153779944767525_4019220116846508548_n.jpg?oh=89195364af24cd267a4f61ae7f039ca8&oe=57CA05C2[/img]
Topic: Super power battery bargain
RichardB

Forum: General Chat   Posted: 04/03/2016 17:39:36   Subject: Super power battery bargain
4000mAH is still about double the true value isn't it?
Topic: Super power battery bargain
RichardB

Forum: General Chat   Posted: 03/03/2016 07:05:43   Subject: Super power battery bargain
[quote="Roy Morton"]I should be able to replace my car battery with 8 of them in a 4 x 4 series / parallel config :lol: :lol::lol:[/quote]

You can actually get car jump packs that are basic
Topic: Daily Wail article
RichardB

Forum: Mid Wales   Posted: 19/02/2016 20:07:55   Subject: Daily Wail article
[quote="christwigg"]Clearly no-one on here can know or have ever been there.

Those blokes discovered it, the article says.

:stupid:[/quote]

Even though it goes on to s
Topic: Super torch, biggest lie yet!
RichardB

Forum: Lamps & Lighting   Posted: 15/02/2016 07:23:39   Subject: Super torch, biggest lie yet!
Impressive levels of BS in that advert. Stock photo of Bear Grylls holding a different torch (the neck is a different shape and there's no branding) in an effort to imply the words are his. The claim
Topic: Super torch, biggest lie yet!
RichardB

Forum: Lamps & Lighting   Posted: 22/01/2016 21:53:53   Subject: Super torch, biggest lie yet!
I'm guessing it was the 5mm of bare wire and loose strands. I've just remembered the issue I was investigating was actually its tendency to cut out.

It's one of those knock-off Magicshine l
Topic: Super torch, biggest lie yet!
RichardB

Forum: Lamps & Lighting   Posted: 22/01/2016 20:48:15   Subject: Super torch, biggest lie yet!
This is one I got a couple of years ago. It kept flattening the battery so I opened it up to see if I could work out why.

[img]https://farm9.staticflickr.com/8388/8603328344_07ebc49ef4_z.j
Topic: Cults Limestone Mine - Cupar
RichardB

Forum: Scotland   Posted: 09/08/2015 08:39:41   Subject: Cults Limestone Mine - Cupar
I've finally managed to find a news report about the rescue http://www.heraldscotland.com/news/12129175.Exhausted_teenagers_found_safe_after_17_hours_lost_in_lime_quarry_tunnels__Escape_from_the_labyr
Topic: NLS map viewer extended
RichardB

Forum: Exploration Chat   Posted: 06/08/2015 07:37:22   Subject: NLS map viewer extended
[quote="The Fresh Prince of Portreath."]It's a shame they haven't georeferenced them yet. It's a pain if what you are looking at is on 2 separate sheets
[/quote]

I used to be able to o
Topic: Coal Authority Interactive Map
RichardB

Forum: General Chat   Posted: 03/06/2015 07:36:33   Subject: Coal Authority Interactive Map
I'm glad to see it's back, it's been offline the last few times I've looked and I feared it had gone for good. The format has changed slightly and I'm sure there are more mine entries listed than ther
Topic: Who had it the best?
RichardB

Forum: General Chat   Posted: 24/12/2014 17:37:29   Subject: Who had it the best?
[quote="royfellows"][quote="Morrisey"]Present day for me. There's still boat loads of long forgotten mines that are waiting to be found and explored

[/quote]

Dead right, but you
Topic: Charlestown User Album (album)
RichardB

Forum: Scotland   Posted: 03/08/2014 15:27:47   Subject: Charlestown User Album (album)
You can only get a little bit north before you hit flooding. In January we went in with a small inflatable and found that the mine does indeed continue the full length of the west quarry and turn the
Topic: Charlestown User Album (album)
RichardB

Forum: Scotland   Posted: 03/08/2014 10:03:12   Subject: Charlestown User Album (album)
I've been in the mines quite a few times because they are quite local to me.

The mines off West Road extend northwards almost to the top of Rocks Road but the north half of them is flooded
Topic: Pits at Kellie Castle, pittenweem
RichardB

Forum: New recruits!   Posted: 16/06/2014 06:50:08   Subject: Pits at Kellie Castle, pittenweem
Professor John McManus, who led these walks http://www.fifefolkmuseum.org/documents/Walks%202014.pdf , is in the process of writing a book about mining in the East Neuk. If there is any information ab
Topic: Free online access to six-inch OS maps
RichardB

Forum: General Chat   Posted: 29/03/2014 14:32:17   Subject: Free online access to six-inch OS maps
I made a guide in Word that also shows how to make them into a Google Earth overlay, which I'll be happy to email to anybody that wants it.
Topic: Free online access to six-inch OS maps
RichardB

Forum: General Chat   Posted: 29/03/2014 06:14:28   Subject: Free online access to six-inch OS maps
[quote="RJV"]
Up until about a year ago there used to be a way of downloading them if you had the correct software. That seems to have been cured now unfortunately...[/quote]

It's actu
Topic: Cults Limestone Mine - Cupar
RichardB

Forum: Scotland   Posted: 01/03/2014 21:08:18   Subject: Cults Limestone Mine - Cupar
I've seen a plan but I don't have one. The mine extends south about as far as the top road, east about as far as the crossroads and west to roughly where the low road dips away (if you drive along the
Topic: Mines in the culross and low valleyfield in fife
RichardB

Forum: New recruits!   Posted: 08/12/2013 19:43:19   Subject: Mines in the culross and low valleyfield in fife
There are a few pictures and some fairly basic information in Fife, The Mining Kingdom, by Guthrie Hutton. It's worth buying if you're interested in Fife mining in general, but you'd be as well to go
Topic: Cults Limestone Mine
RichardB

Forum: Scotland   Posted: 01/11/2013 18:39:51   Subject: Cults Limestone Mine
That's just across from the east works. NO 35195 08705, here it is "back in the day" http://imgur.com/xaLt1TU,F68Ej1S#0

You can't get much further in than the pictures you posted, after a r
Topic: Cults Limestone Mine - Cupar
RichardB

Forum: Scotland   Posted: 22/10/2013 22:43:24   Subject: Cults Limestone Mine - Cupar
The kids were found, I remember seeing it on the TV news.

The bit where they would have taken trucks in is on the other side of the crossroads and was called Skelpie. http://www.ipernity.c
Topic: New to this!
RichardB

Forum: New recruits!   Posted: 20/08/2013 22:49:14   Subject: New to this!
The Flickr link above is dead now, I moved the pictures to here http://www.ipernity.com/doc/287597/album/423629
Topic: Blebocraigs Sandstone Mine
RichardB

Forum: Scotland   Posted: 23/05/2012 22:03:42   Subject: Blebocraigs Sandstone Mine
There are a few quarries in the woods at Blebo http://maps.nls.uk/os/25inch-2nd-and-later/view/?jp2=82880151 , the two I know of with underground sections are Blebocraigs (sharing the name with the vi
Topic: Blebocraigs Sandstone Mine
RichardB

Forum: Scotland   Posted: 17/05/2012 11:10:07   Subject: Blebocraigs Sandstone Mine
I was there last month. I noticed it had changed a bit but didn't see any new routes. If the weather improves I might go and have a look tonight.
Topic: Charlestown Limestone mine Scotland
RichardB

Forum: Scotland   Posted: 14/05/2012 19:35:46   Subject: Charlestown Limestone mine Scotland
If you went down where I'm thinking there are about six adits along the hillside, although you can only really enter the ones at each end.

The quarry to the north did have entrances but th
Topic: Charlestown Limestone mine Scotland
RichardB

Forum: Scotland   Posted: 14/05/2012 07:10:16   Subject: Charlestown Limestone mine Scotland
I've been down a few times but as far as I knew only a tiny bit was accessible, with the rest being flooded and/or backfilled.

There is a quarry just beside the bit I've seen that has been
Topic: Laser pointers - focussing
RichardB

Forum: Underground Photography & Video   Posted: 21/08/2011 22:27:13   Subject: Laser pointers - focussing
I use a laser pointer for focussing, it works very well. Once the camera has focussed you should be able to hold the shutter button half down, release the laser and then take the shot.

I h
Topic: Mine exploration - coal central belt
RichardB

Forum: Scotland   Posted: 29/07/2011 07:41:18   Subject: Mine exploration - coal central belt
If you want an unchallenging trip down a coal mine go to the National Mining Museum at Wakefield. It's free IIRC and you get a decent underground tour. It's not Scotland, but you can't have everything
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