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Posts by NickPeak

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Topic: Butterley Engineering... The Scrapman Cometh
NickPeak

Forum: Midlands   Posted: 28/05/2014 22:16:07   Subject: Butterley Engineering... The Scrapman Cometh
Have just heard from the Golden Valley Light Railway that 'travellers' have occupied the old Butterley Works site. :thumbdown: :thumbdown: :thumbdown:

I wonder if they have yet met the ne
Topic: Proposed Project
NickPeak

Forum: General Chat   Posted: 09/03/2014 21:18:31   Subject: Proposed Project
A much better idea was the Chicago Tunnel Railways, a narrow gauge (600mm) electric network which carried freight and also delivered coal and removed ash from boilers. Sadly now all disused.
Topic: Kiruna: How to move a town two miles east
NickPeak

Forum: General Chat   Posted: 06/03/2014 11:59:52   Subject: Kiruna: How to move a town two miles east
The mining operations at Kiruna are truly amazing. The local tourist office runs mine trips by coach, but to a worked out area set up as a show mine at the 540m level. The mine is large enough to have
Topic: Oh Gawd, not another one!
NickPeak

Forum: General Chat   Posted: 02/03/2014 21:06:44   Subject: Oh Gawd, not another one!
A couple of relevant items on BBC1 Countryfile this evening, with Caphouse and Magpie mines, together with all the various recent holes including some good pictures of the Foolow hole.
Should be
Topic: Vanoord's a Joke
NickPeak

Forum: General Chat   Posted: 09/02/2014 09:44:25   Subject: Vanoord's a Joke
The picture of the 'Porta Pooch' is relevant to this site. There is a similar device in the rear bar of the Mines Tavern at Laxey IOM and labelled as "Miners dog carrier".
;D ;D :o :o
Topic: Underground Cricket at Honister...
NickPeak

Forum: North West England   Posted: 07/12/2013 07:32:01   Subject: Underground Cricket at Honister...
This was featured on Radio 4 "You and Yours" yesterday. Apparently no fours or sixes and catches valid from rebounds from the roof or walls.

:thumbsup: :thumbsup: :thumbsup:
Topic: 2014 Calendar - available to order finally!
NickPeak

Forum: General Chat   Posted: 26/11/2013 15:42:43   Subject: 2014 Calendar - available to order finally!
My calendar arrived this morning - a splendid job again. Many thanks to Simon and all the contributors.
Topic: Filming of old mining methods?
NickPeak

Forum: General Chat   Posted: 16/10/2013 16:06:56   Subject: Filming of old mining methods?
I spoke to Brian Woodall today at the Mining Museum and it was a Ralph Johnson video that showed him 'at work'.

Nick.
Topic: petzl mooz
NickPeak

Forum: Lamps & Lighting   Posted: 11/05/2013 11:36:54   Subject: petzl mooz
[b]Petzl Zoom batteries:[/b]

The 4.5v flat batteries have larger cells than AA (actually B cells) and thus a considerably higher capacity. It's all on:

http://en.wikipedia.org/wi
Topic: US Army Landfill in cornwall.
NickPeak

Forum: South West England   Posted: 20/03/2013 13:58:24   Subject: US Army Landfill in cornwall.
An interesting post from Lozz about various radios. My father told me about 19 sets and I used to ogle some of the others in our local electronics emporium in the 1960s. At Bletchley Park, I've never
Topic: US Army Landfill in cornwall.
NickPeak

Forum: South West England   Posted: 19/03/2013 15:20:46   Subject: US Army Landfill in cornwall.
aditnow.co.uk - the forum for railway enthusiasts and radio amateurs! :thumbsup: :thumbsup: :thumbsup:
Topic: US Army Landfill in cornwall.
NickPeak

Forum: South West England   Posted: 19/03/2013 08:18:23   Subject: US Army Landfill in cornwall.
There was a recent news item (last year?) concerning buried low-level radioactive waste which was due to luminous dials from old flight instruments. Can't remember where it was.
Topic: US Army Landfill in cornwall.
NickPeak

Forum: South West England   Posted: 18/03/2013 20:40:12   Subject: US Army Landfill in cornwall.
From the official aerodrome chart for East Midlands: "Interference may cause large fluctuations to magnetic compass indications in the vicinity of Runway 27 threshold"
i.e. the east end near the
Topic: Butterley Engineering... The Scrapman Cometh
NickPeak

Forum: Midlands   Posted: 28/02/2013 22:41:53   Subject: Butterley Engineering... The Scrapman Cometh
At Bullbridge, the canal changed sides of the Amber valley on a stone aqueduct. See:
http://www.cromfordcanal.info/archives/bullbutt.htm
Topic: Butterley Engineering... The Scrapman Cometh
NickPeak

Forum: Midlands   Posted: 28/02/2013 08:25:44   Subject: Butterley Engineering... The Scrapman Cometh
[b]Butterley Tunnel[/b] - there are photos of two trips in 1979 and 2006. See:
http://www.cromfordcanal.info/about/butterley.htm

When you've looked at the 1979 pics, there is a link to
Topic: Butterley Engineering... The Scrapman Cometh
NickPeak

Forum: Midlands   Posted: 27/02/2013 11:12:54   Subject: Butterley Engineering... The Scrapman Cometh
Good news:

http://list.english-heritage.org.uk/resultsingle.aspx?uid=1404832

:thumbsup: :thumbsup: :thumbsup: :thumbsup:
Topic: What light do you use to cave or mine explore with
NickPeak

Forum: Lamps & Lighting   Posted: 01/02/2013 20:13:35   Subject: What light do you use to cave or mine explore with
'Ere in us Derbyshire rat 'oles, a tallow dip stuck to a Bradder 'at wi' a lump o' clay does us fine.

:thumbsup: :thumbsup: :thumbsup: :thumbsup:
Topic: The Pavilion and Peak District Mining Museum
NickPeak

Forum: Midlands   Posted: 14/12/2012 10:50:03   Subject: The Pavilion and Peak District Mining Museum
[quote="ttxela"]Good news, the mining museum is a favourite place of mine.

When young T was even younger it was always a required visit after an underground trip, apparently the "mine" in t
Topic: Calendar 2013 - ready to order
NickPeak

Forum: General Chat   Posted: 07/12/2012 10:29:07   Subject: Calendar 2013 - ready to order
My calendar has just arrived - a superb job - many thanks to all contributors.
:thumbsup: :thumbsup: :thumbsup:
Topic: Fenix PD32 Ultimate Edition, 740 Lumens !
NickPeak

Forum: Lamps & Lighting   Posted: 07/12/2012 09:53:46   Subject: Fenix PD32 Ultimate Edition, 740 Lumens !
[b]Related topic:

[/b]It is reported that from January 11th 2013, Royal Mail will no longer handle lithium batteries [i]of any type.[/i] >:( >:(

See http://www.battery-force.co
Topic: Thursday Nighters, September 20th.
NickPeak

Forum: North Wales   Posted: 20/09/2012 20:16:32   Subject: Thursday Nighters, September 20th.
The Safety Supply Company sell a range of pink PPE, but probably not in XS!! :thumbup:
Topic: Thermal water - Matlock Bath
NickPeak

Forum: Midlands   Posted: 01/08/2012 09:41:27   Subject: Thermal water - Matlock Bath
Are there any details of the temperatures of these thermal springs? The fishpond by the Mining Museum certainly steams in cold winter weather, but the swimming pool at the New Bath Hotel is quoted as
Topic: 'Lead Mining in Derbyshire' Volume 4 by Jim Rieuwerts
NickPeak

Forum: Midlands   Posted: 30/05/2012 20:07:17   Subject: 'Lead Mining in Derbyshire' Volume 4 by Jim Rieuwerts
The book is now available, for collection by subscribers, or for purchase. Due to Landmark having ceased trading, it has been published by PDMHS and is only available from the Mining Museum at Matlock
Topic: Mountsorrel Granite Quarry Query
NickPeak

Forum: Midlands   Posted: 14/03/2012 18:40:09   Subject: Mountsorrel Granite Quarry Query
Mountsorrel granite was carried by water - the nearby Grand Union Canal Leicester section - and the company appears to have had its own boats. Later it had rail connections from the Midland and the Gr
Topic: Kiruna Iron Mine
NickPeak

Forum: Europe   Posted: 06/03/2012 09:05:12   Subject: Kiruna Iron Mine
I believe that tours of the mine are operated from the Kiruna tourist office, but to a worked out area set up as a show mine. The mine operation is most impressive, with much remote controlled machine
Topic: Luxembourg Slate Mines
NickPeak

Forum: Europe   Posted: 02/02/2012 12:11:25   Subject: Luxembourg Slate Mines
For a 'mine' of information on a variety of underground visits, I can recommend:

http://www.showcaves.com (Sorry about the c word)

Nick.
Topic: AA Size variables
NickPeak

Forum: General Chat   Posted: 30/01/2012 08:45:55   Subject: AA Size variables
For suitable equipment, the Maplin Extralonglife+ (lithium iron disulphide) came second in the recent Which? test and at £3.99 for four, a better bargain than the equivalent Energizer Ultimate Lithiu
Topic: How Many Can You Name
NickPeak

Forum: General Chat   Posted: 24/01/2012 21:34:28   Subject: How Many Can You Name
Gentlemen,

I may be interested in investing some of my capital in one of your enterprises. However it will not be such a great sum as I have lost money on a recent investment in Bincliffe m
Topic: AA Size variables
NickPeak

Forum: General Chat   Posted: 21/01/2012 16:35:59   Subject: AA Size variables
Regarding alkaline AAcells:
Which? magazine usually has a winter test and in the December 2011 issue the Duracell and Energizer best buys are the most expensive, but the cheapest with a similar p
Topic: AA Size variables
NickPeak

Forum: General Chat   Posted: 13/01/2012 10:14:16   Subject: AA Size variables
I too had this problem with an old Garmin GPS unit, but no similar problem with my Tesco 2AA torch (1W version).
Topic: Mine name wanted near Dolgoch
NickPeak

Forum: General Chat   Posted: 11/12/2011 09:13:50   Subject: Mine name wanted near Dolgoch
Alun Richards' book calls this Dolgoch. As well as the shaft/adit by the lower falls, there are further adits upstream. One leads to a t-junction with passages either side, but no chambering to speak
Topic: 'Lead Mining in Derbyshire' Volume 4 by Jim Rieuwerts
NickPeak

Forum: Midlands   Posted: 27/11/2011 10:00:32   Subject: 'Lead Mining in Derbyshire' Volume 4 by Jim Rieuwerts
The fourth book in the trilogy (!) is expected to go to the printers in the new year. Horizon Press has apparently ceased trading and publication has been taken over by PDMHS.

List price wi
Topic: Dydd Gwyl Dewi Sant hapus
NickPeak

Forum: General Chat   Posted: 01/03/2011 16:18:07   Subject: Dydd Gwyl Dewi Sant hapus
Diolch yn fawr. :thumbsup:
Topic: Rockrift powder
NickPeak

Forum: General Chat   Posted: 27/01/2011 13:18:46   Subject: Rockrift powder
Recent arrival at the Peak District Mining Museum - explosives box, source unknown and marked:

[b]ROCKITE
BLASTING CARTRIDGES
Permitted Explosive
Class 3 Division 1[/b]
Topic: Crofty South Copper Mine
NickPeak

Forum: South West England   Posted: 13/01/2011 09:56:25   Subject: Crofty South Copper Mine
:offtopic: Anyone remember the Hancock programme "The Bowmans" (geddit?) where the entire cast were walking across a field to greet Hancock and fell down a disused mine shaft? :lol: :thumbsup:
Topic: Godstone Quarries on BBC2
NickPeak

Forum: South East England   Posted: 07/01/2011 21:48:59   Subject: Godstone Quarries on BBC2
More of interest next week: 18.30 BBC2

Wednesday - Rhydymwyn.
Thursday - Blaenau Ffestiniog and train to Porthmadog.
Friday - Snowdon mountain Railway.

Nick.
Topic: Miners trapped in Chile
NickPeak

Forum: South America   Posted: 24/10/2010 20:20:38   Subject: Miners trapped in Chile
[b]Wednesday 27 October, Channel 4 8.00pm

"Buried Alive: the Chilean Mine Rescue"

[/b]The first (of many?) documentaries and films.
Topic: 'Lead Mining in Derbyshire' Volume 3 by Jim Rieuwerts
NickPeak

Forum: Midlands   Posted: 20/10/2010 18:41:22   Subject: 'Lead Mining in Derbyshire' Volume 3 by Jim Rieuwerts
It's out!
The book launch and signing was held today at the Peak District Mining Museum. Another splendid book with superb pictures by Paul Deakin.
Volume 4 of the trilogy (!) still in produ
Topic: LED torches
NickPeak

Forum: Lamps & Lighting   Posted: 06/10/2010 19:05:19   Subject: LED torches
There seem to be several web sites and forums devoted to 'torch addicts' and a variety of 'torch peddlers', some connected with this site, willing to supply!

What I've not found are places
Topic: LED torches
NickPeak

Forum: Lamps & Lighting   Posted: 27/09/2010 16:59:58   Subject: LED torches
Aldi special offers this Thursday, 30th September:

3W LED torch £9.99
Al case, includes pouch, takes 2AA cells - supplied.
Quoted spec as 132 lumens.
Topic: cost of building the Little Eaton Tramway
NickPeak

Forum: New recruits!   Posted: 27/09/2010 16:28:05   Subject: cost of building the Little Eaton Tramway
Much of the info you require is in
"The Little Eaton Gangway and Derby Canal" by David Ripley, published by The Oakwood Press.
ISBN 0 85361 431 8

Sorry I don't have the time to re
Topic: Mine telephones?
NickPeak

Forum: General Chat   Posted: 16/09/2010 19:33:31   Subject: Mine telephones?
The Peak District Mining Museum has recently acquired a few industrial telephone units made by Plessey. They have a hard black heavy-duty non-metallic case, with lugs for wall mounting, containing han
Topic: 'Lead Mining in Derbyshire' Volume 3 by Jim Rieuwerts
NickPeak

Forum: Midlands   Posted: 16/09/2010 19:11:31   Subject: 'Lead Mining in Derbyshire' Volume 3 by Jim Rieuwerts
The book is currently at the printers and the official 'book launch' is planned to be on Wednesday, 20th October. This will be at the autumn 'Barmote Event' held at the Peak District Mining Museum - a
Topic: Manod on ITV Player - Countrywise
NickPeak

Forum: North Wales   Posted: 16/08/2010 14:07:02   Subject: Manod on ITV Player - Countrywise
"Framed" surface shots were filmed in the Ffestiniog and "Manod" (Bwlch y Slaters) area and the underground shots at Chwarel Hen Llanfair near Harlech.

What happened to the three special De
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