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Craig -y -Dinas Upper Silica Mine
Posted: 11/02/2017 19:51:56
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Hi People

I have started this new thread for news about the mine as the old one which dealt with access (now resolved, smug me) is outdated.

John Hine, AKA "Mole" has kindly drawn my attention to the work of a Mike Stokes.

1992 photographs of the mine taken by him here:
https://www.flickr.com/photos/opobs/sets/72157636747245343

Also, scan of the full description of the 1963 visit by an AD Semmens here

https://opobs.wordpress.com/2015/01/23/a-missed-opportunity/

This page also has copy of a 1908 photograph of Bwamaen incorrectly captioned as Dinas Rock, but showing part of the tramway.
His "missed opportunity" certainly strikes a cord with me, it appears that there is something which is more rare than the proverbial hens teeth, a photograph of the Dinas incline ramp!

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Posted: 11/02/2017 22:14:31
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I've rummaged through loads of slides/family snaps etc, without success! One thing I did notice whilst searching were a good few slides people had loaned me to copy, wonder if I've loaned it out, (many years ago). Will consult with some old friends from 70s-90s. IP: 86.183.233.174
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Posted: 12/02/2017 09:40:55
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Reading the Semmens report there are a couple of things that dont make sense to me.

One is the description: "The present modus operandi is cable operation to an adit top immediately above the one which now forms the mine entrance, where a very small gantry line leads to the top of the aerial ropeway."

From this I am wondering if produce was raised up the internal incline and then a tramway led to the point one reaches going toward the mine by the 'long route' immediately before one descends to the mine, and then further as being elevated. I have often thought about rummaging around in the trees below this point, wonder if anything to find?

The entrance we all use emerges at a high point so the tramway from the portal must have been elevated.

The other is this: "the manager said it was the longest aerial ropeway span in the country."

Obviously never visited Silverband

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Posted: 12/02/2017 11:00:48
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yes, a little confusing!
Can you photograph your better copy of the plan at the ropeway loading point and the top entrances if possible?
Perhaps the report actually refers to the two entrances here?



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Posted: 12/02/2017 11:30:48
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I have done a nice scan, squared up in Photoshop. Will get the whole plan scanned and uploaded eventually. Its come out nice, the plan is in near perfect condition.



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Posted: 12/02/2017 12:54:11
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Thanks for the image Roy. Post edited as it did not make any sense! IP: 86.183.233.174 Edited: 13/02/2017 12:33:24 by Morlock
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Posted: 13/02/2017 12:23:32
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Looking at Mr Stokes 1992 plan of the tramways the 2 foot gauge tramway only closed as late as 1964. All that track must have been lifted prior to my first visit. A great pity I was not really into photography in those days.

IP: 86.183.233.174 Edited: 13/02/2017 12:26:28 by Morlock
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Posted: 13/02/2017 13:12:14
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Morlock wrote:

Looking at Mr Stokes 1992 plan of the tramways



Wheres that John?

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Posted: 13/02/2017 13:39:24
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royfellows wrote:

Morlock wrote:

Looking at Mr Stokes 1992 plan of the tramways



Wheres that John?


Probably in your inbox.Big Grin

Edit: Also in my personal album, 6th row down.
IP: 86.183.233.174 Edited: 13/02/2017 13:54:38 by Morlock
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Posted: 13/02/2017 14:48:43
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Thanks, got it.

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Posted: 19/04/2017 12:26:49
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Old Photos galore, everything we want!

Thanks to Paul Dann, NRW local manager for drawing my attention to these recent uploads. Many old local photos plus many of the mine when working, ropeway, walkway, the lot.

http://www.flickriver.com/photos/125139274@N05/popular-interesting/

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Posted: 19/04/2017 12:45:56
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Roy, link leads to a mail address, can't remember which part needs altering to make it work? IP: 86.181.106.36
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Posted: 19/04/2017 12:47:54
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Easiest is to copy and paste the link into your browser.

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SimonRL wrote:

Easiest is to copy and paste the link into your browser.


I think I've reached the limit of my PC competence with Windows7. Big Grin
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Thanks Simon.Flowers IP: 86.181.106.36
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Posted: 19/04/2017 13:51:18
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Thanks Roy. Excellent historic images, Sun House Mine, (high passages with cows) will need a bit of research. IP: 86.181.106.36
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Some cracking pictures there if you scroll through the other stuff (although some of that is quite interesting too) Thumb Up IP: 188.39.178.242
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The image from the far side of the river which includes the compressor house and grid feeder needs flipping horizontally, strata dip and incoming power lines are misplaced.. IP: 86.181.106.36 Edited: 19/04/2017 14:31:47 by Morlock
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Posted: 19/04/2017 18:58:47
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I am up at Nenthead at the moment but will attempt to contact the copyright holder to see if the mine pictures can be provided for use on the NAL website when back at home.

The pieces of the jigsaw are slowly coming together

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