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Posted: 12/05/2009 19:31:36
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I really find it rather disturbing that some well-meaning soul has got one of these things in his shed, and brings it out to frighten kids and pensioners at steam rallies....[web link] IP: 82.32.67.44 Edited: 12/05/2009 20:31:23 by derrickman
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Posted: 12/05/2009 20:39:32
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I agree, much better to have the Puffing Devil with the chief engineer in attendance. Smile


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Posted: 12/05/2009 20:49:30
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is that the old Survey Office at Condurrow? IP: 82.32.67.44
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Posted: 12/05/2009 20:50:52
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derrickman wrote:

I really find it rather disturbing that some well-meaning soul has got one of these things in his shed, and brings it out to frighten kids and pensioners at steam rallies....[web link]


That's to be encouraged! Big Grin

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Posted: 12/05/2009 21:01:15
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ooer, missus... found myself promoted to driving one of those horrors, clearing the muckpile at Holman's Test Mine, my first day on the CSM Induction Course in 1973. Bet they don't do THAT now.

By the end of the week, we were all half deaf, one had been given a passmark after crushing his hand against the wall with a runaway airleg.. happy days.....
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Posted: 12/05/2009 21:39:32
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derrickman wrote:

is that the old Survey Office at Condurrow?


I believe it is.

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Posted: 12/05/2009 21:47:31
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Yes it is the survey office, and yes Derrickman you're still let lose on them at the test mine. When I was their ten years ago it was an Eimco Rubber Tyred air shovel on the main level drives, an Eimco 21 on the drawpoint under the sublevel (Yes the test mine now has two levels) and the sub level and a Atlas LM56 on the sublevel.

The Atlas is absolutey terrifying, its ridiculously easy to bring of the tracks! Everything about it is much quicker than the Eimco.
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Posted: 12/05/2009 22:04:13
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excellent!

some things still the same at CSM then... they are scary things though. I found a website which indicates there is still one in commercial use at a small mine in Weardale, run about 4 months a year for the specimen collection market.

I have occasionally seen them in use on tunnel contracts, starting off TBMs, when the back belt isn't assembled yet. I drove one on a truly foul job in Huddersfield ( I think ) during the oil price crash in 1986, mucking out an old canal spur tunnel for some reason.


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Posted: 12/05/2009 22:17:48
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derrickman wrote:

excellent!
I found a website which indicates there is still one in commercial use at a small mine in Weardale, run about 4 months a year for the specimen collection market.


That would be Rogerly, and yes, they do still use an emico Big Grin

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Posted: 12/05/2009 23:46:56
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Speaking of the Atlas at Holman's Test Mine. I was sorting through some slides this evening and one of them was that beast. The pic shows it at the top of the incline in 1995.
A quick copy for your delectation Big Grin



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Posted: 13/05/2009 01:05:36
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She be the beauty! The worst thing about it is the swivel on it, you pull the lever and it does nothing, then all the sudden it goes wild and swings thrugh 60 degrees.

Also the speed it reacts at is much quicker than the eimco, if you don't stop the tip before t hits the bump stop it bounces of the rails, but if you stop it a fraction too soon it sends a bucket ful of rock flying down the drive! But the thing reacts as soon as you touch the controls (Which I guess is it what it should do), whereas everything about the eimco is far more sluggish!
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Posted: 13/05/2009 01:18:26
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is the first one in the thred ownd by shropshire mines trust.
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Posted: 13/05/2009 02:23:24
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Here's another wee family of machines. A 12b and two 21's



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Posted: 13/05/2009 06:28:18
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it is the SMT one, yes.

personally I find the eimco easier to drive, in a VERY relative sense, because it is a tad more forgiving... but I wouldn't make a big thing of it !!!

scary thought though, someone throwing rock around with one of these at a steam fair.....
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Posted: 13/05/2009 10:19:05
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I gather that the CSM ones were still working ( on the induction course ) as late as 2006, and are presumably still there and still in use.

Specialist Plant had at least one still in occasional use; I had one at Polperro Sea Outfall Tunnel in 1996, and a different one in Sheffield ( for a small tunnelling contractor from the Midlands ) in 1999.

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Posted: 13/05/2009 10:45:37
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Wasn't there one working at Florence before they had to stop pumping? I seem to remember seeing some TV footage of it (Countryfile?) being used a few years back.

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Posted: 13/05/2009 11:24:52
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there is/was one in Great Condurrow , which I assume is still there? IP: 149.254.49.103
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Posted: 13/05/2009 13:25:28
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the muckers at at the test mine (csm) are still in use, the track less one on steel wheels was getting a fair bit of use driving the A drive which has now broken through to the shaft. about a year ago this is! IP: 121.219.38.96
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Posted: 13/05/2009 14:31:03
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I don't think the one at greater Condurrow is still underground, but it could be the one on surface at KEM all painted up yellow. Saying that how on earth would you have got one down greater condurrow, the shaft is pretty tight!

With regards to using it at a steam fair it probably doesn't look half as dangerous on surface as they do underground, bearing in mind you aren't standing on the footplate less than 6" from the tunnel wall!

The open day at Crofty 2 years ago pitted one up against their smallest scooptram, it was a bit of a non event! Would have bbeen funny to see it up against the 10 Tonner! BUt they didn't have that then
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Posted: 13/05/2009 14:42:58
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eimcos break down pretty small, you lift the body off the wheels, unbolt the scoop... you would get it up the shaft ok, hang it under the skip..


as for using it on surface, I was thinking more about throwing a bucket of rock at someone Crying
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