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Topic: Quarry Explorer
ragl

Forum: North Wales   Posted: 09/08/2016 17:17:16   Subject: Quarry Explorer
Thanks for all of the comments and info guys. As for the buildings on the site, one has disappeared since I was there last in 2011 and certainly the others have suffered very badly from the weather/
Topic: Quarry Explorer
ragl

Forum: North Wales   Posted: 07/08/2016 14:07:31   Subject: Quarry Explorer
Thanks guys, it's probably the reason behind the new road from Maenofferen yard, over the route of the Waste Tip line, past the head of Rhiwbach No. 2 and onto Llechwedd.

Cheers,

Topic: Quarry Explorer
ragl

Forum: North Wales   Posted: 07/08/2016 10:47:00   Subject: Quarry Explorer
Descending Rhiw Bach No. 3 yesterday I saw an ex-military truck crossing the Maenofferen site heading for Votty with a payload of passengers; painted on the sides of the truck was "QUARRY EXPLORER".
Topic: Threat to the Discovery Park at Snibston Colliery, Coalville
ragl

Forum: Midlands   Posted: 27/02/2016 10:35:00   Subject: Threat to the Discovery Park at Snibston Colliery, Coalville
Thanks for the update Squirrel. Any idea what - if anything - has happened to the narrow gauge locomotives?
Topic: Threat to the Discovery Park at Snibston Colliery, Coalville
ragl

Forum: Midlands   Posted: 19/02/2016 08:03:11   Subject: Threat to the Discovery Park at Snibston Colliery, Coalville
Unbelievably sad, does anyone know of the fate of some of the exhibits?
There was a line of narrow-gauge locomotives kept outside for many years, plus the ex- Eastwell Ironstone Ruston Bucyrus
Topic: Ransom and Rapier W1400 at Priors Haw (photo)
ragl

Forum: Mining Heritage   Posted: 05/02/2016 19:02:32   Subject: Ransom and Rapier W1400 at Priors Haw (photo)
Excellent photos Andy & thanks for the explanation regarding the naming of the quarry.
I did see this machine working in the early 70's, but it was the Ransome & Rapier 5360 Stripping Shovels tha
Topic: Amerton Railway Steam Gala
ragl

Forum: General Chat   Posted: 20/06/2015 19:53:32   Subject: Amerton Railway Steam Gala
Message for Alan, met you at Amerton today - I hope that enjoyed your coffee!!

Please respond if you rad this.

Cheers

Alan
Topic: Ayle Colliery, Cumbria
ragl

Forum: Exploration Chat   Posted: 31/05/2015 10:18:49   Subject: Ayle Colliery, Cumbria
[quote="Ty Gwyn"][quote="inbye"]Can't immediately recall his name but the person who leased and operated Ayle, in the 1990's, is or was a forum member.[/quote]


Its Clive your thinking
Topic: Ayle Colliery, Cumbria
ragl

Forum: Exploration Chat   Posted: 29/05/2015 19:39:09   Subject: Ayle Colliery, Cumbria
Clarghyll closed a few years ago and has been mostly cleared with the adit buried - very sad.

Cheers

Alan
Topic: Winifred at Port Penrhyn (photo)
ragl

Forum: General Chat   Posted: 28/04/2015 09:32:57   Subject: Winifred at Port Penrhyn (photo)
Wonderful photograph Wyn. Do you know who the are gentlemen with the loco?

Cheers

Alan
Topic: Writers scribblings?
ragl

Forum: South Wales   Posted: 05/04/2015 08:58:59   Subject: Writers scribblings?
[quote="rufenig"]This is worth reading if you are interested in some of the early explorations by Bick and Hall.

http://webspace.webring.com/people/om/mpmunro/wms/bick_wagon_tif_a.pdf
Topic: Go Below underground zip adventure
ragl

Forum: North Wales   Posted: 08/03/2015 16:14:16   Subject: Go Below underground zip adventure
[i]The Sunday Times[/i] Travel Section has an enthusiastic write-up on Zip Below Xtreme in today's edition; Miles gets a namecheck too.
Topic: Manchester Central Library: Fears that tens of thousands of books may have been pulped
ragl

Forum: General Chat   Posted: 15/02/2015 16:47:44   Subject: Manchester Central Library: Fears that tens of thousands of books may have been pulped


Well,you wouldn't expect Labour to spend, spend, spend now would you, kick the Tories out, Job done.

As for the books, probably a load of old tat.

Lozz.[/quote]
Topic: Manchester Central Library: Fears that tens of thousands of books may have been pulped
ragl

Forum: General Chat   Posted: 15/02/2015 16:16:52   Subject: Manchester Central Library: Fears that tens of thousands of books may have been pulped
Absolutely dreadful waste of PUBLIC PROPERTY!! I was thinking Thank God that they wouldn't have the same disregard for people, but then I remembered, Manchester is Labour controlled and look what ha
Topic: Meanwhile in a disused Railway Tunnel in Notts...
ragl

Forum: Midlands   Posted: 03/11/2014 19:04:00   Subject: Meanwhile in a disused Railway Tunnel in Notts...
OMG!!!
Topic: Ashton Moss (or New Moss) Colliery
ragl

Forum: General Chat   Posted: 30/10/2014 11:36:57   Subject: Ashton Moss (or New Moss) Colliery
Looks like a very fulfilling and worthwhile project Steve, best of luck and keep us informed of developments.

Cheers

Alan
Topic: Ashton Moss (or New Moss) Colliery
ragl

Forum: General Chat   Posted: 30/10/2014 09:55:39   Subject: Ashton Moss (or New Moss) Colliery
Hello Steve,

This may help,

http://maps.nls.uk/view/102344090

A 6" OS map of the area showing the mine circa 1923.

Also the NLS site is a real treasure of O
Topic: Britain from Above
ragl

Forum: North Wales   Posted: 04/08/2014 08:51:31   Subject: Britain from Above
You need to register first. Then, once you have signed in, the zoom tool is available.

Cheers

Alan
Topic: New Tungsten mine in Devon
ragl

Forum: General Chat   Posted: 09/06/2014 08:16:11   Subject: New Tungsten mine in Devon
Interesting developments at Hemerdon:

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-england-devon-27754535


Cheers

Alan
Topic: Clipstone Colliery Mansfield - Demolition Threat
ragl

Forum: Midlands   Posted: 27/05/2014 16:45:04   Subject: Clipstone Colliery Mansfield - Demolition Threat
Petition signed.
Topic: Steel - on TV
ragl

Forum: General Chat   Posted: 26/01/2014 15:01:06   Subject: Steel - on TV
Yes indeed, that was very enjoyable, music by British sea Power IIRC.

Cheers

Alan
Topic: Steel - on TV
ragl

Forum: General Chat   Posted: 26/01/2014 11:40:21   Subject: Steel - on TV
"The Big Melt - How Steel Made Us Hard"

On BBC4 tonight at 9.00pm. A look at Sheffield's industrial heritage. It has a soundtrack, but I'm sure that it will be worth watching.

Topic: TV: When Coal Was King
ragl

Forum: General Chat   Posted: 03/11/2013 14:44:25   Subject: TV: When Coal Was King
Monday night at 9.00 pm, on BBC4, a programme called "When Coal Was King".

I'm looking forward to looking back - if you know what I mean!!

Cheers

Alan
Topic: A sad bit of mining vandalism
ragl

Forum: General Chat   Posted: 10/10/2013 18:34:37   Subject: A sad bit of mining vandalism
It may not be as bad as you think. Knowing Ted MaCavoy, he would most likely be retrieving the wagon for preservation; reading the caption for the photograph posted doesn't mention scrapping, just re
Topic: rack & pinion railways
ragl

Forum: General Chat   Posted: 29/05/2013 11:54:37   Subject: rack & pinion railways
I bought the rack loco No 19 from UK Coal back in 2004 to ensure that one was saved for preservation. I kept it at Foxfield Colliery and subsequently passed the loco onto Statfold for final preserva
Topic: One for the steam buffs.
ragl

Forum: General Chat   Posted: 07/09/2011 20:20:37   Subject: One for the steam buffs.
It's Northern Europe - Finland.

Cheers

Alan
Topic: Nenthead Mines on BBC TV
ragl

Forum: General Chat   Posted: 15/08/2011 18:18:27   Subject: Nenthead Mines on BBC TV
Mostly very enjoyable!!

Cheers

Alan
Topic: Llangeinor/Llangynwyd Mines
ragl

Forum: New recruits!   Posted: 04/08/2011 15:44:48   Subject: Llangeinor/Llangynwyd Mines
[
Hi Alan, not sure about the narrow gauge bit as my last visit was 40 odd years ago, pretty derelict then!
I think the bridge was for the Port Talbot Railway so perhaps standard gauge?[/quo
Topic: Llangeinor/Llangynwyd Mines
ragl

Forum: New recruits!   Posted: 04/08/2011 09:04:31   Subject: Llangeinor/Llangynwyd Mines
Is that a narrow-gauge railway track marked there heading north and curving east into an adit?

Cheers

Alan
Topic: Willow close / crops acre - Northants
ragl

Forum: Midlands   Posted: 25/06/2011 17:10:58   Subject: Willow close / crops acre - Northants
Hi Derrickhand,

Interesting info regarding the sewage works contract whilst you were working for the tunnelling company, do you think that would still have the track? would be interested f
Topic: Compact camera wanted to my spec ..now heres a challenge for you all
ragl

Forum: Underground Photography & Video   Posted: 24/03/2011 16:57:24   Subject: Compact camera wanted to my spec ..now heres a challenge for you all
The lack of 'bulb' shouldn't be too much of a problem with most modern compact digitals. My Lumix TZ7 has a shutter delay of 2 or 10 secs which takes care of the long exposure issue without having to
Topic: Irthlingborough (Ebbw Vale) Iron Mine
ragl

Forum: Midlands   Posted: 07/12/2010 20:57:39   Subject: Irthlingborough (Ebbw Vale) Iron Mine
Hi Morlock,

An interesting aerial shot there, however, the area that I think that you are referring to are the former workings for the cement works at Irthlingborough. The ironstone was m
Topic: More Snailbeach
ragl

Forum: Mine Tramways and Railways   Posted: 16/10/2010 08:58:58   Subject: More Snailbeach
Hi Chris,

Welcome aboard!! Yes indeed, fantasists is probably the best description. Such people pop-up on the radar fairly regularly, although the railway preservation/trainspotter frater
Topic: More Snailbeach
ragl

Forum: Mine Tramways and Railways   Posted: 15/10/2010 17:48:37   Subject: More Snailbeach
Just cut & paste the address into your browser, it all makes 'interesting' reading!!

Cheers

Alan

P.S. If it's a wind-up, someone's gone to a lot of trouble - remember
Topic: Gloddfa Ganol Fowler loco
ragl

Forum: North Wales   Posted: 01/08/2010 19:59:56   Subject: Gloddfa Ganol Fowler loco
Hi James,

According tothe Industrial Railway Society Handbook - 15 EL, the ex Sundon Fowler is now on display at the Sandyholme Garden Centre at Rosebank in Central Scotland.

I
Topic: Irthlingborough (Ebbw Vale) Iron Mine
ragl

Forum: Midlands   Posted: 13/04/2010 12:20:33   Subject: Irthlingborough (Ebbw Vale) Iron Mine
A lot of the ironstone remains in Northants have been lost over the years due to restoration, development, etc. however, if you know where to look.......

Some of the large opencast gullets
Topic: Irthlingborough (Ebbw Vale) Iron Mine
ragl

Forum: Midlands   Posted: 12/04/2010 13:14:20   Subject: Irthlingborough (Ebbw Vale) Iron Mine
the locos are most definitely 2 of the Greenbat Trolley electric machines from Irthlingborough, which were converted to battery/electric operation in the early sixties. On the closure of the mine, a
Topic: British Engineering at it's best.
ragl

Forum: General Chat   Posted: 13/03/2010 09:08:34   Subject: British Engineering at it's best.
An absolutely superb record of the British engineering legacy - almost brought tears to my eyes!! Many thanks for bringing the site to our attention Brakeman.

Mr Mike & Derrickman, you are
Topic: Double height rubbish wagon (photo)
ragl

Forum: North Wales   Posted: 12/03/2010 09:53:59   Subject: Double height rubbish wagon (photo)
Absolutely Simon, I'm sure a bunch of us could manhandle it down the hill to the museum. Worth investigating.

Cheers

Alan
Topic: Double height rubbish wagon (photo)
ragl

Forum: North Wales   Posted: 11/03/2010 19:24:34   Subject: Double height rubbish wagon (photo)
Photos look fine, in fact, the wagon certainly looks like it's worth saving as it doesn't appear to be too far gone. There are plenty of wheelsets, bearing supports, etc. around to complete it, is it
Topic: Moel Tryfan Slate Mine info ?
ragl

Forum: General Chat   Posted: 08/02/2010 08:58:12   Subject: Moel Tryfan Slate Mine info ?
Gents,

I have uploaded a few pictures of the tramway in the vicinity of the adit.

James, I hope that you had an enjoyable day's exploration yesterday, a spectacular location to m
Topic: Moel Tryfan Slate Mine info ?
ragl

Forum: General Chat   Posted: 06/02/2010 18:09:15   Subject: Moel Tryfan Slate Mine info ?
Gentlemen,

i have finally found the lost files of pictures taken on a trip up to Moel Tryfan. Thus far I have uploaded a couple of photos of the tunnel cutting where it crossed the main qu
Topic: Moel Tryfan Slate Mine info ?
ragl

Forum: General Chat   Posted: 01/02/2010 12:38:52   Subject: Moel Tryfan Slate Mine info ?
Hi Morlock,

Yes, the cutting seen on flash earth is the north-west exit of the tunnel as described by Graham and shown oh that excellent map posted by him, the tunnel adit, is of course ba
Topic: Foty Archive Album (album)
ragl

Forum: North Wales   Posted: 14/01/2010 14:12:01   Subject: Foty Archive Album (album)
Wonderful photos of Foty; such incredible detail & what a record of what once existed. Many thanks for working on them & sharing with us Graham.

Cheers

Alan
Topic: new Penryn photos
ragl

Forum: North Wales   Posted: 14/01/2010 14:03:06   Subject: new Penryn photos
That's right John, after the loco fell over on it's side at Penrhyn, it was rebuilt with the boiler & side tanks lower in the frames to lower the centre of gravity. Certainly in the rebuild at Boston
Topic: new Penryn photos
ragl

Forum: North Wales   Posted: 14/01/2010 11:04:26   Subject: new Penryn photos
Hi Derrickman,

If it is the picture showing what is believed to be Hunslet "Lilian", the loco immrediately behind is "Sgt Murphy", built by Kerr Stuart. "Sgt Murphy" was heavily rebuilt at
Topic: Dorothea Slate Quarry
ragl

Forum: North Wales   Posted: 08/01/2010 16:17:46   Subject: Dorothea Slate Quarry
Absolutely John, all of the extant trackbeds in the area are visible on Google Earth, which makes for fascinating viewing, especially the lines that radiate out from the Drum-Head at the top of the Br
Topic: Dorothea Slate Quarry
ragl

Forum: North Wales   Posted: 08/01/2010 12:17:20   Subject: Dorothea Slate Quarry
Hi Any,

You are quite right, most of the quarry has disappeared beneath rubbish infill, however, the quarry built two relatively long tramways to waste tips, one to the west and one to the
Topic: Dorothea Slate Quarry
ragl

Forum: North Wales   Posted: 07/01/2010 19:39:43   Subject: Dorothea Slate Quarry
Okay, this may be relevant to Cilgwyn now, but if they are looking for capping material for the tip, the former Cilgwyn tip to the north of the quarry could be a candidate. Best get your photos while
Topic: Northamptonshire mines
ragl

Forum: Mining Heritage   Posted: 12/12/2009 14:24:24   Subject: Northamptonshire mines
Hi again John,

I am assuming that you live in the Northampton area, if so, it would be a good idea to get in touch with Geoffrey Starmer. Geoff has committed a lifetime to the study of the
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