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Morlock

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Posted: 06/05/2009 14:40:58
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Some nice pics, I suppose it was motor and flat belt drive? Smile
IP: 86.26.251.25 Edited: 06/05/2009 14:41:55 by Morlock
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Posted: 06/05/2009 15:21:20
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It was as the belts are up there in Dinorwig as are the motoor remains!

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Posted: 06/05/2009 15:25:35
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ICLOK wrote:

It was as the belts are up there in Dinorwig as are the motoor remains!


Thanks, I must get back up there this year. Smile
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Posted: 25/08/2009 11:32:27
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Hello folks,

I hope this is not a dead forum. I hail from Michigan in the US and have been an avid expolorer of the mines on Michigan's Upper Pennisula and in Colorado. My interest is more the mining equipment than the shafts and tunnels, although I've logged many a mile in those as well.

I felt compelled to respond to this forum because I happen to own an Ingersoll-Rand Imperial Type 10 compressor complete with it's original two phase drive motor, huge hand riveted receiver, and piles of supporting equipment. Long story how that came to be.

I would love to hear more about these compressors and about mine exploration in general.

Chuck
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Posted: 25/08/2009 12:25:07
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mechanique wrote:

Hello folks,

I hope this is not a dead forum. I hail from Michigan in the US and have been an avid expolorer of the mines on Michigan's Upper Pennisula and in Colorado. My interest is more the mining equipment than the shafts and tunnels, although I've logged many a mile in those as well.

I felt compelled to respond to this forum because I happen to own an Ingersoll-Rand Imperial Type 10 compressor complete with it's original two phase drive motor, huge hand riveted receiver, and piles of supporting equipment. Long story how that came to be.

I would love to hear more about these compressors and about mine exploration in general.

Chuck


Greetings Chuck, got any pics? Smile
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Posted: 25/08/2009 12:56:25
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Ahh. Not dead!!

I do have some pics, in fact I was searching to see if I'd stored any on the computer here at work when I remembered they were taken before I had a digital camera. Made a note to myself to hunt them up a scan a few. I'll post them soon.

Chuck
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Posted: 25/08/2009 13:10:34
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mechanique wrote:

Ahh. Not dead!!



Oh no... very much alive & kicking. Welcome to the most active minex forum in the UK.... The world..... who knows, even the Universe!!

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Posted: 25/08/2009 15:54:54
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Colonel Mustard wrote:

mechanique wrote:

Ahh. Not dead!!



Oh no... very much alive & kicking. Welcome to the most active minex forum in the UK.... The world..... who knows, even the Universe!!


Although it is often thought some of the occupants are (or at least should be)!

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Posted: 27/08/2009 12:01:32
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Ok, as promised, a fews pics of my Imperial Type 10. I just tacked a page onto one of my websites at http://home.wmol.com/mechaniq/Images/IngersollPics/IngersollPics.htm. I have a lot more pictures, but not a lot of time. If folks are interested I'll try to push a few more up.

Just figured out the URL option, I think: [web link]

My friend Bill, who's truck and property you will see in the picture at the top of the page, was a sand blaster by profession, and we were going to use the compressor to run his operation. Unfortunately, the Department of Environmental Quality shut him down a couple of years after we bought the Imperial, stating he endangered others with his sand dust and had to conduct his business in an enclosed structure with full air filtering equipment, this despite the fact his is the only house in a half mile.

It was a blatant instance of "if you ain't a big player, you don't get to play." The potential fines were even more ridiculous than the cost of compliance, so a twenty year old business was wiped out on the spot. Business as usual in the USA.

Bill cleared out for South Dakota and I bought his half of the air compressor, never mind I have no remotely practical use for it. Just that I'll never have a chance to own such an incredible machine again, so I can't part with it.

I have seen many of this style of compressor while doing the self guided tour of remote abandoned mines in Colorado. Also, many smaller ones further North in abandoned rail road facilities in Montana.

Unfortunately, in the US, the land of safety freaks, the mines are being methodically closed and the equipment carted off for salvage. All that history being wiped out. It sounds like the UK has more appreciation for its history, with fewer special interests ruling your lives in the form of liability suits.

I also have pictures of an entire machine shop at a mine in the Upper Peninsula of Michigan that was left abandoned in the early 1900's, as though the workers would come back the next day. Aprons still hanging on vise handles, the foreman's salt shaker on his desk next to his paper work. It's now on my kitchen table.

That machine shop fell prey to the salvage people about twenty years ago. Maybe I'll scan some of those pics too. It was truly incredible, and what a loss of history.

Chuck
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Edited: 27/08/2009 12:48:59 by mechanique
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Posted: 29/08/2009 16:18:25
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Brilliant , and very interesting. You were very lucky to come accross the old workshop that had been abandoned and preserved before the scrap men moved in. Not a lot of things like that to see around here now.

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