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Posts by derrickhand

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Topic: Panning for Gold illegal?
derrickhand

Forum: North Wales   Posted: 01/11/2016 07:18:45   Subject: Panning for Gold illegal?
It's a principle of English law, and hence British law that any given thing is legal until proven otherwise. This doesn't mean that it can't be proven to be illegal if it becomes an issue.

Topic: Greenside or Force Crag, electric loco
derrickhand

Forum: North West England   Posted: 30/10/2016 23:08:48   Subject: Greenside or Force Crag, electric loco
Found it.... bloody hell!
Topic: Greenside or Force Crag, electric loco
derrickhand

Forum: North West England   Posted: 30/10/2016 10:08:39   Subject: Greenside or Force Crag, electric loco
I was passing by, so I visited the Threlkeld Mining Museum. Small, but well chosen collection including this

http://i1023.photobucket.com/albums/af356/grass_stroker/IMG_2862_zpsiyazxjem.jpg
Topic: Croesor below adit level
derrickhand

Forum: North Wales   Posted: 16/10/2016 15:46:46   Subject: Croesor below adit level
Welllll...... 4-5 years training and £10,000 on kit doesn't much surprise me.

Sounds a perfectly reasonable point of view...
Topic: Heartlands Project :(
derrickhand

Forum: General Chat   Posted: 11/10/2016 13:46:30   Subject: Heartlands Project :(
Tolgus has a very long and chequered history! I went there when I was at CSM, in the 70s, at the time it ran on run-of-mine from Pendarves, or burrows dirt which could be bought very cheaply in unlimi
Topic: Heartlands Project :(
derrickhand

Forum: General Chat   Posted: 11/10/2016 11:51:21   Subject: Heartlands Project :(
Tolgus Tin must deserve preservation as an authentic 1970s tourist attraction, by now!

Seriously, TT is at least, actual machinery still in operating condition (to varying degrees) at its
Topic: Unusual pumping arrangement
derrickhand

Forum: General Chat   Posted: 11/10/2016 11:45:27   Subject: Unusual pumping arrangement
I would say that "you can't watch Colin Firth fall in a lake forever" but the evidence seems to point otherwise.

Topic: Unusual pumping arrangement
derrickhand

Forum: General Chat   Posted: 11/10/2016 08:45:47   Subject: Unusual pumping arrangement
.... but WG's account of the Poldark novels (currently back in print, for obvious reasons) contains a good deal about his research, and SOME aspects of the novels are based on identifiable issues (alt
Topic: Heartlands Project :(
derrickhand

Forum: General Chat   Posted: 11/10/2016 08:37:49   Subject: Heartlands Project :(
Begs the question of "heritage", really. Met an old friend whose children have grown up in the Stithians/Fourlanes area who have no real idea of what the mining remains represent, let alone any real i
Topic: Heartlands Project :(
derrickhand

Forum: General Chat   Posted: 11/10/2016 08:02:58   Subject: Heartlands Project :(
Had an afternoon wandering around Camborne area while in Cornwall for my son's wedding.

Paid a brief visit to the Heartlands Project, dear oh dear..

Topic: Unusual pumping arrangement
derrickhand

Forum: General Chat   Posted: 11/10/2016 07:58:49   Subject: Unusual pumping arrangement
Being a veteran of the FIRST "Poldark" I can assure you that research for THAT series was nil, although they DID have a number of CSM students and graduates as extras and stage hands - one even spoke
Topic: South Crofty
derrickhand

Forum: South West England   Posted: 16/09/2016 10:19:57   Subject: South Crofty
[quote="agricola"][quote="Roy Morton"]Curious the article mentions Poldark. the previous owner of Poldark mine was one Richard Williams, and the CEO of Strongbow goes by the same name. Coincidence or
Topic: South Crofty
derrickhand

Forum: South West England   Posted: 15/09/2016 15:27:41   Subject: South Crofty
That would be yourself, then?

Topic: South Crofty
derrickhand

Forum: South West England   Posted: 15/09/2016 08:23:08   Subject: South Crofty
More questions than answers, there..

Are the offices still open and manned?

Why were you on the site? In what capacity?

Who did you meet, and why did you regard him as
Topic: Rampgill Level roof fall
derrickhand

Forum: North West England   Posted: 20/06/2016 09:00:55   Subject: Rampgill Level roof fall
No, sorry, agony = 1k + ((weight x distance) / headroom ) where k is a constant defined by the state of knee joint

Topic: Top slicing in Cumbria
derrickhand

Forum: Exploration Chat   Posted: 11/06/2016 15:02:28   Subject: Top slicing in Cumbria
[quote="AR"]Those are wonderful images! Slightly curious that the horse gin is set so far back from the shaft head, were they already having subsidence issues and had to site it back from the workings
Topic: Top slicing in Cumbria
derrickhand

Forum: Exploration Chat   Posted: 10/06/2016 07:45:18   Subject: Top slicing in Cumbria
It seems to have been a sort of early version of Sub Level Caving, used for massive orebodies which cave readily when unsupported - like ironstone.

The procedure appears to have involved ex
Topic: Devon Great Consols: A Mine of Mines, by R J Stewart
derrickhand

Forum: For Sale! (and wanted / for swap)   Posted: 10/06/2016 02:10:39   Subject: Devon Great Consols: A Mine of Mines, by R J Stewart
Did that; tried to order three books and couldn't check out because it couldn't create a shipping cost...
Topic: St. Just and District Miner's Statue
derrickhand

Forum: South West England   Posted: 09/06/2016 09:02:19   Subject: St. Just and District Miner's Statue
I rather like that, especially the detail of standing on a board
Topic: Munchausen at Dolcoath
derrickhand

Forum: South West England   Posted: 09/06/2016 05:25:49   Subject: Munchausen at Dolcoath
It's amazing the things you learn, surfing around the net... I've seen a reference that Eric Raspe, author of the once-famous "Baron Munchausen" stories, worked as a supervisor of some sort at Dolcoat
Topic: Devon Great Consols: A Mine of Mines, by R J Stewart
derrickhand

Forum: For Sale! (and wanted / for swap)   Posted: 09/06/2016 05:06:55   Subject: Devon Great Consols: A Mine of Mines, by R J Stewart
I've just seen this - are any copies still available?

Was DGC the "Consols" which Timothy Forsyte invested in, in Galsworthy's "Forsyte Saga"?
Topic: Tin back on the agenda
derrickhand

Forum: Midlands   Posted: 09/06/2016 04:55:30   Subject: Tin back on the agenda
Slightly off topic, but AFAIK "manifold" is sometimes used to describe any part of the connection between the cylinder head or block, and the fuel injection, air inlet or exhaust system. The number of
Topic: True Cost of Britain's Wind Farm Industry Revealed
derrickhand

Forum: General Chat   Posted: 17/05/2016 10:25:28   Subject: True Cost of Britain's Wind Farm Industry Revealed
It's also worth pointing out that the Dutch have a Minister whose job is mostly to make sure they get all the construction contracts. The Dutch have creamed off hundreds of millions of Euros in constr
Topic: Orgreave / Miners strike petition
derrickhand

Forum: General Chat   Posted: 12/05/2016 20:58:31   Subject: Orgreave / Miners strike petition
Indeed. Things could not continue on that basis.

That said, quite how close the country really was, to economic collapse is a pretty good question. By current standards we were actually in
Topic: Orgreave / Miners strike petition
derrickhand

Forum: General Chat   Posted: 12/05/2016 17:53:04   Subject: Orgreave / Miners strike petition
You might look at the election results for 1979, 1983 and 1987. I don't see an apathetic public; I see governments elected with large majorities on a platform which quite specifically included confron
Topic: Orgreave / Miners strike petition
derrickhand

Forum: General Chat   Posted: 12/05/2016 12:51:46   Subject: Orgreave / Miners strike petition
I greatly doubt that anything would be achieved apart from aggravating old wounds at great expense.

Thucydides wrote, 2500 years ago, of the impossibility of gathering a consistent account
Topic: Dufton Fell lead mine
derrickhand

Forum: North West England   Posted: 27/03/2016 07:11:57   Subject: Dufton Fell lead mine
Ok thanks, interesting.

We moved our caravan to the Dufton area last year so I've been exploring the area a little. I was intending to do some winter walking during a long off-season, ther
Topic: Dufton Fell lead mine
derrickhand

Forum: North West England   Posted: 25/03/2016 08:04:18   Subject: Dufton Fell lead mine
All very interesting, but does anyone have (or prepared to offer) any actual information?

Is there a viable adit, is it open, are the workings open or collapsed, are there any access issue
Topic: Dufton Fell lead mine
derrickhand

Forum: North West England   Posted: 24/03/2016 19:23:59   Subject: Dufton Fell lead mine
All I've seen so far is three images on this site, from a long time ago, and an adit entrance glimpsed briefly on a tv programme.

So, anything, really..

Topic: Dufton Fell lead mine
derrickhand

Forum: North West England   Posted: 24/03/2016 16:41:48   Subject: Dufton Fell lead mine
I've just seen Dufton Fell lead mine in the list, also Julia Bradbury's walking programme recently showed a brief shot of an adit entrance.

Does anyone know anything about this mine?
Topic: Flying Scotsman
derrickhand

Forum: General Chat   Posted: 26/02/2016 17:40:04   Subject: Flying Scotsman
Well, yes. It's surprising how many people don't understand this.

When I was watching at Peterborough, there was a group on the UP side.. the viaducts there are actually a twin viaduct, wi
Topic: Flying Scotsman
derrickhand

Forum: General Chat   Posted: 26/02/2016 12:45:16   Subject: Flying Scotsman
There was......

Actually I use the iPad quite a lot for pics, I took thst video using mine. It's big enough to see without my glasses..

Topic: Flying Scotsman
derrickhand

Forum: General Chat   Posted: 26/02/2016 12:17:33   Subject: Flying Scotsman
http://i1023.photobucket.com/albums/af356/grass_stroker/image_zps6i3rsfbm.jpeg
Topic: Flying Scotsman
derrickhand

Forum: General Chat   Posted: 25/02/2016 11:56:01   Subject: Flying Scotsman
Flying Scotsman at Peterborough today

http://vid1023.photobucket.com/albums/af356/grass_stroker/IMG_1490_zpsksbjqoum.mp4
Topic: CEAG lamps..
derrickhand

Forum: General Chat   Posted: 09/02/2016 09:51:04   Subject: CEAG lamps..
Chuck it? No, I've still got a lamp it would fit!
Topic: CEAG lamps..
derrickhand

Forum: General Chat   Posted: 09/02/2016 09:18:04   Subject: CEAG lamps..
? Looks OK to me, perhaps the mods fixed it?

Here another link if not

http://i1023.photobucket.com/albums/af356/grass_stroker/image_zpsjhwpeb28.jpeg
Topic: CEAG lamps..
derrickhand

Forum: General Chat   Posted: 09/02/2016 06:13:23   Subject: CEAG lamps..
Just found this at the back of a drawer in my workshop...

[img]http://i1023.photobucket.com/albums/af356/grass_stroker/image_zpsjhwpeb28.jpeg[/img]

[url]http://s1023.photobucket.
Topic: Hemerdon/Drakelands latest
derrickhand

Forum: South West England   Posted: 05/02/2016 05:34:23   Subject: Hemerdon/Drakelands latest
Fascinating and very welcome
Topic: New event added 'Innovations in Shaft Sinking and Tunnelling' on 18/02/2016 at 18:00
derrickhand

Forum: Events   Posted: 05/02/2016 05:26:33   Subject: New event added 'Innovations in Shaft Sinking and Tunnelling' on 18/02/2016 at 18:00
An interesting event, a pity it clashes with the IoM3/BTS joint meeting in London..
Topic: fatality @ matlock bath
derrickhand

Forum: Midlands   Posted: 08/01/2016 19:59:41   Subject: fatality @ matlock bath
I'm not particularly convinced that asking questions of this sort on a previously unknown Internet forum, is the best approach.

With all due respect to those involved, could I suggest that
Topic: Your proudest achievement?
derrickhand

Forum: General Chat   Posted: 04/01/2016 13:20:04   Subject: Your proudest achievement?
Somewhat at odds with the previous ones, but for me, being approached to join the Combe Down project, and completing my long-delayed professional registration along the way.

Topic: Boulby Potash Job Losses
derrickhand

Forum: North East England   Posted: 14/11/2015 03:54:14   Subject: Boulby Potash Job Losses
Talking of S Crofty, what IS going on there, if anything?
Topic: Boulby Potash Job Losses
derrickhand

Forum: North East England   Posted: 14/11/2015 03:53:13   Subject: Boulby Potash Job Losses
"Northern Powerhouse" is just a euphemism for the ongoing regionalisation dictated by the EU, but comprehensively rejected in a referendum in 2004 (so much so that the remaining 3 scheduled referenda
Topic: 1880 's Channel Tunnel Attempt (photo)
derrickhand

Forum: South East England   Posted: 09/11/2015 02:51:38   Subject: 1880 's Channel Tunnel Attempt (photo)
I would have considerable reservations about Victorian compressed air locomotives being up to the task... Same for compressed air powered TBMs, at that range.

Electrical equipment transfor
Topic: Catalogue of Eimco rocker shovels in the UK
derrickhand

Forum: General Chat   Posted: 02/10/2015 18:00:58   Subject: Catalogue of Eimco rocker shovels in the UK
There were several kicking around the tunnelling business in the 90s. I worked for Thyssen Mining in Polperro in 1996 and there was a 12b there, I think from Specialist Plant, to help launch the TBM.
Topic: 65ft Wide Sinkhole Opens In St Albans
derrickhand

Forum: General Chat   Posted: 02/10/2015 17:50:35   Subject: 65ft Wide Sinkhole Opens In St Albans
Towards the end of the Coombe Down job (late 09/early 10) there was a job in that area involving backfilling old chalk mine workings in a residential area. Atkins were the consultants, I believe Roger
Topic: Miners Statue
derrickhand

Forum: South West England   Posted: 24/05/2015 12:08:08   Subject: Miners Statue
I've never seen the Redruth statue until now, and having seen a picture, I can't say I'm sorry.

I've never had any idea what the "Angel of the North" was intended to represent, and that wh
Topic: Mines Regulations 2014
derrickhand

Forum: General Chat   Posted: 13/05/2015 11:19:39   Subject: Mines Regulations 2014
Discrimination is easy... think "constant change to create confusion" per the Frankfurt School, apply Orwell's quote about no longer being any laws, but the general nature of offences being fairly ob
Topic: We'm watchin' Poldark... Yarr!
derrickhand

Forum: General Chat   Posted: 07/04/2015 13:47:37   Subject: We'm watchin' Poldark... Yarr!
Yoho!!

I had rather worked out that the locations were quite widely scattered; busy chap, that Ross Poldark

Topic: The Lakes: Walking through History
derrickhand

Forum: North West England   Posted: 06/04/2015 07:11:36   Subject: The Lakes: Walking through History
Didn't notice that, but it doesn't surprise me. Tv "slebs" can be a bit "that way", I suppose they live in a world of "it's all about me"

I saw a Time Team recently involving the discovery
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