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Posts by Tocsin

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Topic: Early mine carts
Tocsin

Forum: General Chat   Posted: 12/11/2019 11:08:59   Subject: Early mine carts
Hi,

A recent trip to Berlin's excellent technical museum uncovered a couple of artefacts that will be of interest here. To see my photos follow the link below.

The Hungarian wood
Topic: Gear review: Camp Turbochest
Tocsin

Forum: SRT Equipment & Training   Posted: 04/10/2019 13:13:08   Subject: Gear review: Camp Turbochest
Thanks for the advice on lube from Noick and AR; i have now oiled everything very, very gingerly just to avoid any binding.

I also just remembered the reason i looked at this thread in the
Topic: Gear review: Camp Turbochest
Tocsin

Forum: SRT Equipment & Training   Posted: 03/10/2019 18:05:39   Subject: Gear review: Camp Turbochest
I've got small amounts of rust on my Camp Turbo, but no more than you get on the Petzl gear cams *.

I do find this slightly annoying because I simply couldn't clean my kit any more thoroug
Topic: Sites near Moel Fferna
Tocsin

Forum: General Chat   Posted: 27/09/2019 16:21:23   Subject: Sites near Moel Fferna
Will do.

Originally planning on Sunday, but i got a bit mixed up and have provisionally booked a trip into the Rhydymwyn mustard gas factory and tunnels, so may move to monday.

Topic: Sites near Moel Fferna
Tocsin

Forum: General Chat   Posted: 27/09/2019 16:20:49   Subject: Sites near Moel Fferna
Will do.

Originally planning on Sunday but i got a bit mixed up and have provisionally booked a trip into the Rhydymwyn mustard gas factory and tunnels so may move to monday.

Jo
Topic: Non SRT
Tocsin

Forum: North Wales   Posted: 27/09/2019 16:18:13   Subject: Non SRT
Might see you around, we're doing Moel Fferna on Sunday.

John S :)
Topic: Sites near Moel Fferna
Tocsin

Forum: General Chat   Posted: 27/09/2019 14:07:39   Subject: Sites near Moel Fferna
Thanks everyone for the advice. I'll pack an electron to help the non climber although I too think they are the work of the devil.

John :)
Topic: Sites near Moel Fferna
Tocsin

Forum: General Chat   Posted: 20/09/2019 14:13:35   Subject: Sites near Moel Fferna
Howdy,

I'm planning a weekend trip to visit Moel Fferna and I'm looking for some locals advice on what else to aim for in the area. I've done Pennarth and Hendre Spar in the past and I'm no
Topic: Wardlow Sough Reopening - DCA Project
Tocsin

Forum: Midlands   Posted: 18/09/2019 11:18:00   Subject: Wardlow Sough Reopening - DCA Project
A cracking job, well done everyone!
Topic: Coalcleugh level 1990s (photo)
Tocsin

Forum: North East England   Posted: 18/09/2019 11:07:44   Subject: Coalcleugh level 1990s (photo)
I was exploring the Paris catacombs a couple of years ago and we bumped into a group of young "cataphiles", who seemed friendly enough when we met them, but then immediately proceeded to let off a smo
Topic: NAMHO Conference 2019
Tocsin

Forum: Events   Posted: 19/02/2019 11:30:50   Subject: NAMHO Conference 2019
Hi Roy,

I just visited the website to make some bookings and i find that clicking on 'Make a New Booking' has no effect. I have ruled out lag as an issue. Is it working for others? I know a
Topic: Mines in Germany
Tocsin

Forum: General Chat   Posted: 17/06/2015 18:22:41   Subject: Mines in Germany
Hello all,

I just got back from my third trip visiting underground Nazi factory sites, hurriedly jammed into existing mines (by slave labour usually) after the allies started using their ai
Topic: NAMHO 2015 Nenthead
Tocsin

Forum: General Chat   Posted: 01/02/2015 21:16:42   Subject: NAMHO 2015 Nenthead
Looks very good, booked and loaded. :)
Topic: drilling boots
Tocsin

Forum: Exploration Chat   Posted: 14/08/2014 19:29:05   Subject: drilling boots
Thanks for the input chaps.
:thumbsup:
Topic: drilling boots
Tocsin

Forum: Exploration Chat   Posted: 13/08/2014 11:43:24   Subject: drilling boots
Hello all,

I use a pair of Echte's excellent canyoning boots with wetsocks for underground exploration.

The boots tend to fill up and hold water. I know cavers sometimes drill bo
Topic: How dangerous is mine exploration?
Tocsin

Forum: General Chat   Posted: 18/07/2014 13:39:11   Subject: How dangerous is mine exploration?
The cut off thing for maintaining graffiti in EHG and NT sites isn't hard and fast Alex.

I've been helping run the dig to open the Fan Bay deep shelter at Dover to the public. As a lot of
Topic: Looking for things in welsh rivers
Tocsin

Forum: New recruits!   Posted: 18/07/2014 13:25:06   Subject: Looking for things in welsh rivers
Having done this at an apparently hot site in France; location of the French national panning championship - yep, people do it competitively, who knew - I doubt the landowner will get too exercised ab
Topic: Can anyone identify this place?
Tocsin

Forum: North Wales   Posted: 18/07/2014 12:22:41   Subject: Can anyone identify this place?
Thanks but I can't see the cars Cat Bones, are they above the red waterfall? I'd love to visit this place.

John :)
Topic: Can anyone identify this place?
Tocsin

Forum: North Wales   Posted: 18/07/2014 12:04:16   Subject: Can anyone identify this place?
Hi,

This image popped up on Derelict Places. Does anyone know the site, looks like the cars have been tipped in the twll of a slate mine.

http://s1194.photobucket.com/user/Louis_
Topic: New Tungsten mine in Devon
Tocsin

Forum: General Chat   Posted: 10/06/2014 12:10:06   Subject: New Tungsten mine in Devon
Well said RJV, I'm in construction where injury rates have been driven down to previously unimaginable levels by decent legislation that forces everyone to price it in properly. This has driven prices
Topic: Rescue in Germany's deepest cave
Tocsin

Forum: Europe   Posted: 09/06/2014 16:50:02   Subject: Rescue in Germany's deepest cave
What a horrifying situation, I wish the rescue party the best of luck, time will be critical.
Topic: Penarth - Trolley vandalised
Tocsin

Forum: North Wales   Posted: 18/05/2014 18:59:27   Subject: Penarth - Trolley vandalised
I was in Penarth yesterday and puzzled over why anyone would do that, having seen pictures of the trolley before.

Tend to agree it's unlikely to be a metal thief, barely worth the effort.<
Topic: Chislehurst Chalk Mine
Tocsin

Forum: South East England   Posted: 14/05/2014 09:16:43   Subject: Chislehurst Chalk Mine
I have emailed Rod Le Gear to ask him about your Samian ware, probably best placed to answer among those I know.

My favourite bit of the Chiselhurst tour spiel was the 'Roman Well' which, i
Topic: MOUNTFIELD WW2
Tocsin

Forum: South East England   Posted: 12/05/2014 15:55:05   Subject: MOUNTFIELD WW2
Don't know where the Mountfield OB was but there are certainly instances of them being secreted in mines elsewhere. Several Sussex OBs are accessible but Mountfield isn't among the ones I know of.
Topic: Rhiwbach
Tocsin

Forum: General Chat   Posted: 11/05/2014 15:11:50   Subject: Rhiwbach
Hi,

Off to North Wales next weekend and hope to look at some slate I've not done before. Rhiwbach looks appealing but can anyone confirm if the 2007 access agreement by the Rhos y gwaliau O
Topic: Harness advice
Tocsin

Forum: SRT Equipment & Training   Posted: 11/05/2014 15:03:40   Subject: Harness advice
My red Superavanti is generally fine but the webbing has creased and now pinches my inner thigh so such that a couple of long pitches will leave me bruised.

If you go for the technibat one,
Topic: Hendre Spar and surrounds
Tocsin

Forum: North Wales   Posted: 24/04/2014 17:23:35   Subject: Hendre Spar and surrounds
Brilliant, thanks for such a prompt and authoritative reply Rockchick. I'll take a lifeline for belaying anyone who's not too confident on the springy ladders.

Cheers

John ;D
Topic: Hendre Spar and surrounds
Tocsin

Forum: North Wales   Posted: 24/04/2014 16:16:06   Subject: Hendre Spar and surrounds
Hello,

I'm off to North Wales in mid May for a tour of the Valley Chemical Works at Rhydymwyn and to take pictures of planes doing the Mach Loop with some non-caver friends. I have a spare
Topic: High Groundwater Levels
Tocsin

Forum: Exploration Chat   Posted: 15/03/2014 00:14:21   Subject: High Groundwater Levels
Not a mine, but the Wartling radar bunker I look after has seen unprecedented leaks in places where we have never seen water come in before and much higher flows on the known leaks. Total rise this wi
Topic: Maenofferen
Tocsin

Forum: General Chat   Posted: 05/03/2014 18:21:46   Subject: Maenofferen
Brilliant, I have puzzled over these contraptions in several mines and never come up with a convincing idea for what they did. Thanks everyone.
Topic: Gear Review - Kong Rakong
Tocsin

Forum: SRT Equipment & Training   Posted: 05/03/2014 18:01:12   Subject: Gear Review - Kong Rakong
Thanks for the write up, I have some Kong gear and rate it very highly.

Rack or bobbin seems to be a generational thing. I go out with a mix of people and the rack devotees are all just a
Topic: Bakewell Chert Mine
Tocsin

Forum: General Chat   Posted: 12/12/2013 15:00:07   Subject: Bakewell Chert Mine
Thanks, much obliged.
Topic: Bakewell Chert Mine
Tocsin

Forum: General Chat   Posted: 12/12/2013 11:32:43   Subject: Bakewell Chert Mine
Hello,

Can anyone tell me the access arracngements for the rather lovely looking Chert mine near Bakewell in Derbyshire? I'm planning my 2014 trip schedule and this looks like a nice photog
Topic: North wheal jane - Help
Tocsin

Forum: South West England   Posted: 12/12/2013 11:25:24   Subject: North wheal jane - Help
Surely that depends on the individual's outlook DrillBilly; there is no 'correct' way to engage in an interest.

I just like noodling round old mines, they fascinate me and I like seeing wh
Topic: Incident at Rhosydd 11/11/13
Tocsin

Forum: North Wales   Posted: 20/11/2013 17:42:25   Subject: Incident at Rhosydd 11/11/13
I'm usually quite cautious about call out times but i've been caught out three times in my 20 odd years of going underground: once by getting overexcited at a new bit i found unexpectedly open; once b
Topic: Incident at Rhosydd 11/11/13
Tocsin

Forum: North Wales   Posted: 20/11/2013 17:21:14   Subject: Incident at Rhosydd 11/11/13
Love the new tag line Mr Fellows, I think I know who you're referring to; a trip that was almost indistinguishable from a rescue after the third hour. ;D

Hope you're well.

John
Topic: Incident at Rhosydd 11/11/13
Tocsin

Forum: North Wales   Posted: 20/11/2013 17:15:40   Subject: Incident at Rhosydd 11/11/13
I wondered what had caused that escalation.
Topic: Anything in Dorset?
Tocsin

Forum: General Chat   Posted: 20/05/2013 15:51:27   Subject: Anything in Dorset?
Hi, can I impose on you all for a bit of local knowledge?

I'm off the Portland in Dorset this weekend, mainly to look at military stuff including the Portland ROTOR radar bunker. I've had a
Topic: Polish Miners Trapped.
Tocsin

Forum: General Chat   Posted: 22/03/2013 00:10:39   Subject: Polish Miners Trapped.
Great.
Topic: How do you take your photos underground now?
Tocsin

Forum: Underground Photography & Video   Posted: 22/03/2013 00:09:08   Subject: How do you take your photos underground now?
Depends on how dirty and how sporting the mine is.

For walk in stuff and for real quality I use a tripod mounted Nikon D7000 and the awesomely sharp 11-16mm Tokina superwide. I light with
Topic: South Crofty Recollections
Tocsin

Forum: South West England   Posted: 18/03/2013 13:31:59   Subject: South Crofty Recollections
A really fascinating read Lozz, many thanks for putting the time in to get it down on 'paper' for us all to enjoy. Super work.

I too, love your first-hand writing style; it reminds me of b
Topic: Mountfield Gypsum Mine - Queries!
Tocsin

Forum: South East England   Posted: 16/02/2013 16:12:04   Subject: Mountfield Gypsum Mine - Queries!
I have been trying for some time through KURG with little or no joy. I had a series of correspondence with the mine manager back in 2006 / 7 and he said that their previously regular evening trips had
Topic: Vanoord's a Joke
Tocsin

Forum: General Chat   Posted: 06/02/2013 16:22:06   Subject: Vanoord's a Joke
Great news that Richard III's skeleton has been identified and reassembled.

I love it when a Plantagenet comes together.
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