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Topic: Maenofferen
grahami

Forum: North Wales   Posted: 21/04/2019 23:58:42   Subject: Maenofferen
I've tried to keep out of this so far, but here's my three hapeth worth... I would not place any reliance on any early documents with regard to spelling of welsh place names especially legal ones like
Topic: G Pump Turbine and belt sheaves (photo)
grahami

Forum: North Wales   Posted: 11/04/2019 20:00:52   Subject: G Pump Turbine and belt sheaves (photo)
I think Llion means this:
[link]7421[linkphoto]7421[/linkphoto][/link]
[link]7422[linkphoto]7422[/linkphoto][/link]
Its partner on the DE tunnel:
[link]7424[linkphoto]7424[/linkpho
Topic: Nyth Y Gigfran - what’s going on?
grahami

Forum: North Wales   Posted: 06/04/2019 13:50:20   Subject: Nyth Y Gigfran - what’s going on?
Just realised I never seem to have uploaded my photos of Nyth-y-Gigfran/Glan-y-Pwll. Will do so now and add captions later. I'll make them historical - I suppose they are now, most were taken in the l
Topic: Nyth Y Gigfran - what’s going on?
grahami

Forum: North Wales   Posted: 06/04/2019 13:09:22   Subject: Nyth Y Gigfran - what’s going on?
Plans on here - I drew them up many years ago, the situation may well have changed, especially the Oakeley floor 11 (the old Gloddfa Ganol Land Rover tour) tunnel!!!

http://www.aditnow.co.u
Topic: Abercwmeiddaw - Hunter tunneller
grahami

Forum: North Wales   Posted: 06/04/2019 12:51:40   Subject: Abercwmeiddaw - Hunter tunneller
No problem - if you havn't seen it there's my paper on the various Hunter machines,including the several tunnellers available on here:

www.aditnow.co.uk/documents/Personal-Album-54/The-Hunt
Topic: Underground working around Nantlle
grahami

Forum: North Wales   Posted: 04/04/2019 00:19:34   Subject: Underground working around Nantlle
I'm guessing JonK's referring to the PYO water balance shaft - but then he's much more familiar with the underground round there than I am so maybe there's another shaft?

Also find below th
Topic: Water Engines
grahami

Forum: General Chat   Posted: 03/04/2019 23:27:14   Subject: Water Engines
Mmm.. an interesting site on water power, he's added quite a bit to it since I was looking at it for water motors/turbines to drive the double Hunter tunneller a few years ago. He does seem to have mi
Topic: Abercwmeiddaw - Hunter tunneller
grahami

Forum: North Wales   Posted: 28/03/2019 17:51:29   Subject: Abercwmeiddaw - Hunter tunneller
The general consensus seems to be that the Rhos Goch tunnel was driven (at least in part) by one of Hunter's tunnellers - probably the first version - based on the groove marks in the bore, but no-one
Topic: Wandering Twins
grahami

Forum: North Wales   Posted: 28/03/2019 17:09:47   Subject: Wandering Twins
Thanks Jonk and JohnC! I knew someone would know. :flowers::flowers:

A good place for them to rest for now.

Grahami
Topic: Wandering Twins
grahami

Forum: North Wales   Posted: 23/03/2019 22:59:51   Subject: Wandering Twins
I was enjoying the latest Stratfold Barn Railway enthusiasts day (I haven't been before) when on wandering into the museum I spotted first one and then the other of Llechwedd's electric conversions, E
Topic: Caban- Oakeley and Votty magazine
grahami

Forum: General Chat   Posted: 11/01/2019 20:11:00   Subject: Caban- Oakeley and Votty magazine
The following may be of interest:
The origin of “Caban” – the magazine. (An edited extract from my history of Oakelely)
It was at this time (1948-9) that a combination of ideas from men and
Topic: Merry Christmas 2018!
grahami

Forum: General Chat   Posted: 25/12/2018 01:21:50   Subject: Merry Christmas 2018!
All my very best wishes to all on here, Have a Great Christmas and a Very Good New Year.

Grahami
Topic: Cwmorthin Barracks & Rhosydd Chapel in 3D
grahami

Forum: North Wales   Posted: 02/10/2018 17:43:10   Subject: Cwmorthin Barracks & Rhosydd Chapel in 3D
Very impressive.

Grahami
Topic: Photo query: Fotty & Bowydd
grahami

Forum: North Wales   Posted: 29/08/2018 11:06:37   Subject: Photo query: Fotty & Bowydd
Just a reminder -because this was uploaded a good few years ago:

[link]115924[linkphoto]115924[/linkphoto][/link]

The hut under discussion was in the second "infill" down on the
Topic: Diffwys
grahami

Forum: North Wales   Posted: 21/08/2018 20:46:03   Subject: Diffwys
Sorry Paul - just fixed it - I think!

My dim moment, not yours!

Grahami

PS I havn't been in this one.
Topic: Diffwys
grahami

Forum: North Wales   Posted: 21/08/2018 20:38:23   Subject: Diffwys
Hi Paul
Posted this some time back - not an abandonment plan I'm afraid, but sort of close too it. Apologies for the quality. It shows "Diffwys Newydd" i.e. the upper quarry, Hen Diffwys is compl
Topic: Dorothea
grahami

Forum: North Wales   Posted: 15/08/2018 15:46:15   Subject: Dorothea
Not Dorothea, but regarding my comment about Penrhyn, the following report outlines just how much has changed (and been lost) there since 1995. It makes sobering reading. (The historical bits are a bi
Topic: Dorothea
grahami

Forum: North Wales   Posted: 13/08/2018 20:49:47   Subject: Dorothea
[quote="SimonRL"]Thanks John.

Was there a couple of weeks ago and spotted the new metal fences around the ruins, as well as some odd wooden structures blocking various paths.

I w
Topic: Driving adits & shafts (was 'Hi')
grahami

Forum: General Chat   Posted: 23/07/2018 00:13:28   Subject: Driving adits & shafts (was 'Hi')
Thanks for this, I'm. Looking at headings dug from shaft foot of up to 500 ft before they meet the equivalent from the next shaft along. Worst case is single ended and getting on for 1000 ft from shaf
Topic: Driving adits & shafts (was 'Hi')
grahami

Forum: General Chat   Posted: 22/07/2018 15:04:40   Subject: Driving adits & shafts (was 'Hi')
Hi All
I'm resurrecting this thread because I wonder if the collective expertise here can answer a couple of rather obvious questions that I seem to have neglected - what sort of rates of sinkin
Topic: Rhosydd - Bad Air
grahami

Forum: North Wales   Posted: 08/07/2018 11:20:26   Subject: Rhosydd - Bad Air
More likely rotting fallen sheep. Once came across the dessicated remains of one at the foot of the old vertical water balance shaft in Oakeley - didn't stop to investigate what the shaft foot was lik
Topic: Gwynedd Archives
grahami

Forum: North Wales   Posted: 08/07/2018 11:04:54   Subject: Gwynedd Archives
I was fortunate that when I began back in '75, Will Roberts the proprietor of Gloddfa Ganol was interested in what I could make of the old plans (mainly with a view to seeing what he could extract bot
Topic: Gwynedd Archives
grahami

Forum: North Wales   Posted: 05/07/2018 23:40:10   Subject: Gwynedd Archives
I should say that in all this time the various archives staff I have dealt with have been unfailingly helpful, working with rules not of their making.
Grahami
Topic: Gwynedd Archives
grahami

Forum: North Wales   Posted: 05/07/2018 23:36:41   Subject: Gwynedd Archives
This is a problem of very long standing, 30 years ago I seriously suggested to them after frustrating couple of days going through Oakley plans one by one, that it would be a lot easier and less damag
Topic: Peter Hay RIP
grahami

Forum: General Chat   Posted: 20/06/2018 19:12:36   Subject: Peter Hay RIP
I knew Peter well for many years, of course, from Plas Tan y Bwlch. He always addressed me as "young Graham" even after I had reached retirement age! At risk of stating the obvious Graham Isherwood is
Topic: PRACTICAL INDUSTRIAL ARCHAEOLOGY
grahami

Forum: Events   Posted: 09/03/2018 23:17:17   Subject: PRACTICAL INDUSTRIAL ARCHAEOLOGY
I'm sure someone else will pipe up, but the course is usually held the last week of July/first week in August, but has been moved by Plas administration for commercial reasons to the time given. Not w
Topic: Sand saws
grahami

Forum: North Wales   Posted: 26/02/2018 01:14:27   Subject: Sand saws
Oh, my aching memory - yes John, it probably is!

Grahami
Topic: Sand saws
grahami

Forum: North Wales   Posted: 18/02/2018 14:08:30   Subject: Sand saws
Here are a couple of images of Frame/gang saws at work - essentially the same as sand saws, sadly none working slate! I am sure I've seen on the internet somewhere some publicity shots of the Dolwydde
Topic: Sand saws
grahami

Forum: North Wales   Posted: 07/02/2018 20:44:27   Subject: Sand saws
I think I have some photos of the hone quarry saw, I'll have a dig. I also have some historic images somewhere too.

Grahami
Topic: New chap
grahami

Forum: New recruits!   Posted: 27/12/2017 19:04:23   Subject: New chap
Hi Pred

Nice to see you on here - and really enjoyed your talk at Plas a couple of weeks ago.
All the best

Grahami
Topic: the "origional" name of the crimea pass ?
grahami

Forum: General Chat   Posted: 22/12/2017 14:03:55   Subject: the
Davel is quite right. The pass is named as Bwlch Gorddinen on the Welsh Slate CO.'s (Became Oakeley Lower quarry) lease plan of 1838.Variations in spelling, are of course quite likely! What we call th
Topic: Llechwedd Slate Mine Chronology
grahami

Forum: North Wales   Posted: 13/11/2017 19:43:42   Subject: Llechwedd Slate Mine Chronology
Inevitably it will always be out of date if people keep changing things :lol::lol: And finding new things out, of course.

The colours were meant to be a simple way of identifying the vario
Topic: Llechwedd Slate Mine Chronology
grahami

Forum: North Wales   Posted: 11/11/2017 22:59:10   Subject: Llechwedd Slate Mine Chronology
Just uploaded the updated version of my chronology of Llechwedd and its associated people. Llechwedd only gets started on page 3!
Enjoy!

Grahami
Topic: Rhosydd Quarry Activity
grahami

Forum: North Wales   Posted: 06/11/2017 20:25:57   Subject: Rhosydd Quarry Activity
Long long ago I remember the Queens when the landlord used to breed dogs in the cellar - and it was a hotel too at the time - me and my dad stayed there a couple of times when I first was starting my
Topic: Aged Members
grahami

Forum: General Chat   Posted: 14/10/2017 15:50:24   Subject: Aged Members
A problem that has bothered me for some years - fortunately I have little actual physical things of any note, most of my stuff is books, papers and maps. What I can scan/photograph thats relevant I in
Topic: Llechwedd Floor 5 Drumhouse Photos
grahami

Forum: North Wales   Posted: 04/10/2017 21:22:25   Subject: Llechwedd Floor 5 Drumhouse Photos
Thanks Miles for your efforts.

I have just deleted the following documents from the Llechwedd page:
Timeline/Chronology
Floor 5 Winder V1.0

Both will be replaced with
Topic: Llechwedd Floor 5 Drumhouse Photos
grahami

Forum: North Wales   Posted: 22/09/2017 20:59:02   Subject: Llechwedd Floor 5 Drumhouse Photos
Some years ago I found the photos below on a couple of websites - but didn't note which or who was responsible/the photographer. They show the least photographed part of the now demolished Floor 5 win
Topic: Industrial Relics on Film
grahami

Forum: General Chat   Posted: 12/09/2017 15:48:03   Subject: Industrial Relics on Film
[quote="AR"]I believe it did come from somewhere up around Bolton and was the last operational mill in the UK that rolled wrought iron. I think that job referred to would have been for Chris Topp who
Topic: National Library of Scotland 25 Inch maps
grahami

Forum: Mining Heritage   Posted: 14/07/2017 21:20:55   Subject: National Library of Scotland 25 Inch maps
Fantastic!

;D;D;D

Grahami
(The map IS the territory!!!)
Topic: Blantyre Tips (Bings) Query
grahami

Forum: General Chat   Posted: 01/07/2017 22:56:58   Subject: Blantyre Tips (Bings) Query
Many thanks - the second link (Westwood) pictures look similar to aerials of the Penrhyn quarry tips (the B&W aerial won't enlarge unfortunately) which are what I'm trying to identify. The Maclane equ
Topic: Blantyre Tips (Bings) Query
grahami

Forum: General Chat   Posted: 29/06/2017 20:06:35   Subject: Blantyre Tips (Bings) Query
Does anyone have any information/illustrations on "Blantyre" automatic tipping systems used by collieries and quarries - apparantly an alternative to the "Maclane" systems? I presume they were constru
Topic: Shaft Camera Recommendation ?
grahami

Forum: Underground Photography & Video   Posted: 22/06/2017 22:02:38   Subject: Shaft Camera Recommendation ?
IA Recordings on here have much experience of this - perhaps they may have suggestions ? ::)

Grahami
Topic: Penrhyn Quarry Flooding
grahami

Forum: North Wales   Posted: 09/06/2017 18:13:16   Subject: Penrhyn Quarry Flooding
Wyn's recent photo postings seem to confirm that work was still going on in the pit in the mid 1980s - good! _and thanks!

Grahami
Topic: Penrhyn Quarry Flooding
grahami

Forum: North Wales   Posted: 07/06/2017 19:56:22   Subject: Penrhyn Quarry Flooding
My copy of a 1972 brochure (it's on here) says:
“Fourteen million gallons of water per day have to pumped out of the quarry during periods of heavy rainfall.”
But I can't even guess how long
Topic: Penrhyn Quarry Flooding
grahami

Forum: North Wales   Posted: 07/06/2017 17:33:18   Subject: Penrhyn Quarry Flooding
Hi All

Don't panic! This is a historical question.

I'm having a mental block or something - can anyone tell me when the "North," i.e. lower, Penrhyn Quarry was given up for worki
Topic: Easdale Slate Quarry
grahami

Forum: Scotland   Posted: 22/05/2017 13:52:31   Subject: Easdale Slate Quarry
Very interesting Phd thesis - lots of information, although no historic illustrations. I once thought of doing a PhD on Oakeley, but suspected the powers that be in such cases would want more of what
Topic: New 2017 Cwmorthin Exploration Guide
grahami

Forum: North Wales   Posted: 13/05/2017 09:39:05   Subject: New 2017 Cwmorthin Exploration Guide
Well done Miles! Well written and very clear, I'm extremely unlikely ever to trust myself to ropes etc., but if I was, it would be of great use. I like the way you have used the "official" floor names
Topic: ABERLLEFENNI QUARRY by Ray Gunn slate North Wales - available for download
grahami

Forum: North Wales   Posted: 10/05/2017 19:38:24   Subject: ABERLLEFENNI QUARRY by Ray Gunn slate North Wales - available for download
Many thanks Jonk, very interesting - and thanks to Ray for being so kind as well.

Grahami
Topic: QUERY: Croesor spoil heaps / air shafts
grahami

Forum: North Wales   Posted: 02/05/2017 20:23:01   Subject: QUERY: Croesor spoil heaps / air shafts
The 1868 Spooner survey shows two shafts from surface to the adit, and the final shaft to the top of the incline.

The Plas TyB survey of 1978 refers to 3 shafts, and 4 trials.
I believ
Topic: Climax Imperial Rock Drill rebuild
grahami

Forum: Member Projects   Posted: 26/04/2017 20:18:56   Subject: Climax Imperial Rock Drill rebuild
Found this in one of my box files - hope it's both relevant and of interest.
https://www.aditnow.co.uk/documents/Personal-Album-54/drill003.pdf

Grahami
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