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  1. Lovely set there T You sure do have a steady hand with your camera, my shots would look like I've been underwater dancing to Happy Mondays without a legged friend
  2. Lovely set of snaps T, from a fantastic day of mooching Goes to show how invaluable it is to know what sounds your fellow moochers make when they use the little room
  3. Still there... A few more machines and seats have migrated to the basement through the soggy floor.
  4. Looking really good this one. Love that hall
  5. Love the misty shots and the full length window reflection, top work
  6. Few could fail to have been moved by the horrific images of the 1984-5 miners strike. A conflict that history has claimed as the most violent British industrial dispute of the twentieth century. It was also a turning point for the industry's rapid decline. A few days before Christmas 2015, Kellingley became the last pit to close. Whilst the argument of our energy needs versus cost, versus politics will rage on for ever only one thing is certain; a whole way of life has disappeared with their communities; ex mining towns that sadly rarely recover. History here: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Kellingley_Colliery It is not often that we come to the last of an industry and with the demolition (started in August), I wanted to cover Kellingley well, visiting four times and at various times with Dweeb, The Amateur Wanderer, The Lone Shadow and a non member. 1. No.1 Koepe and Heapstead. The high level walkway can be seen behind leading to the upper floor lamp room and baths. 2. View from the No.2 Koepe and Heapstead looking towards the cavernous Coal Preparation Plant. The two conveyors, bottom centre, shedding a little daylight on the black stuff that has been underground for just a few million years. 3. Coal Preparation Plant. 4. 5. 6. 7. Coal Prep Workshops. 8. One could get lost in those conveyors, and we did! 9. No.1 Koepe/Winding tower's bottom deck cages for conveying materials underground. 10. Control room. 11. Walkway to the man riding cages. 12. 13. 14. The contents of a self rescuer can be seen on the floor. 15. 16. Well equipped surgery. 17. 18. 19. Snug area in the canteen, complete with the obligatory safety posters. 20. Neat offices (minus the door). 21. Fitting and welding shop. 22. 23. Fan house. 24. 25. An 'investment opportunity' awaits in one of the overcapped lagoons. 26. Finally, a sobering thought: In 1984 there were 173 pits and over 200,000 employees. Today, there are less than 100 active NUM members. Rest in peace, king coal.
  7. Wow, that's really nice.... Nice set of pics too
  8. Real quality mate. I don't think I will ever get my head around the total collapse of the deep coal industry
  9. thank you session for saving a few snippets of the works,i was a welder there,nice to Se the old lock ups with the workers number x name,mine was 8318,i was based in 40 area welding shop but as a welder got to work throughout the whole works,it was about one mile long teaming with busy skilled workers,2000 in my days,at one point 4000,i rebuilt a lovely matchless g9 caf racer in the works,no money changed hands only ciggys that was the curency within the works,it sold to a yank last year for £10 grand.twink

  10. Well, I must have missed the APT at the open day...it's at Crewe now, next to the WCML. Have to disagree on the MK1 coaches, I rather like them, but I understand it must be a totally different cup of tea to try and fix the things up! I think you could have made a great vessel with all those quality hardwoods at hand - sadly those crafts have largely gone forever....
  11. I can well imagine a hand built Wolverton Works vessel would be the business! Thanks for the link mate, fascinating archive, particularly those Eastern Region EMU's 302, 309's etc - magic. What was the APT doing there? I remember the 1988 open day, a new 90 and lifting demonstration's with a MK1. I walked of course that day, into I think, the empty shops where Tesco now stands.
  12. Very much second that, information like that is invaluable. It's a fascinating site, ten visits now, talking of which, I need to invest in another vessel
  13. Good snaps and interesting write up, first class there bud