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  1. UK Bletchley Park - Milton Keynes - May 2017

    Always a pleasure bud
  2. UK Bletchley Park - Milton Keynes - May 2017

    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
  3. UK Chamberlin & Hill castings - Leicester - May 2017

    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
  4. WOLVERTON WORKS - SEPTEMBER 2015 I cannot keep away from Wolverton and recently i clocked up my tenth visit since May 2014. To celebrate the occasion i got rather wet, but nothing could ever dampen my love of this classic train derp. Wolverton railway works was established in Wolverton, Buckinghamshire by the London and Birmingham Railway Company in 1838 at the midpoint of the 112 miles (180 km)-long route from London to Birmingham. The line was developed by Robert Stephenson following the great success of the Liverpool and Manchester Railway line. The Victorian era new towns of Wolverton and New Bradwell were built to house the workers and service the works. The older towns of Stony Stratford and Newport Pagnell grew substantially too, being joined to it by a tramway and branch line (known as the "Newport Nobby"), respectively. The trams were also hauled by steam locomotives: the tram cars were certainly the largest ever in the UK and possibly the world. In modern times Wolverton railway works remains notable as the home of the British Royal Train but otherwise is very much reduced from its heyday. As of 2013, the facility is much reduced: a full-scale train maintenance, repairs and refurbishment works is operated at the western end of the site, the central area is derelict but slated for redevelopment, the eastern end is a Tesco store with canal-side housing development at the extreme eastern end. With the inevitable bouts of uncontrollable laughter brought about by the latest voyage subsiding, it was time to steady my machine for a few snaps. The tune 'Welcome to the jungle, it gets worse here everyday...' springs to mind: 1. 2. 3. 4. At this point i would like to say i have attempted to omit in my report the scrawls of pathetic graffiti tags, smashed windows, destroyed signs and train doors. All this damage has occurred in the last two months. A wanky 'tag' has even appeared on the long training school sign. This place stood untouched for decades slowly finding its way back to mother nature and now it is at the mercy of the local low life. 5. 6. 7. 8. This machine was still located on floor one back in May. Perhaps some of the local low life are underneath it . 9. Passage to the Foremans Office is getting to be a bit of a challenge . 10. 11. 12. A life time of ridicule. Spelling your name slightly differently will not help . 13. A first aid box would be useful here. 14. 15. 16. 17. 18. That's all folks, hope you enjoyed
  5. Still there... A few more machines and seats have migrated to the basement through the soggy floor.
  6. UK Sunnyside Hospital, August 2016

    Looking really good this one. Love that hall
  7. UK Severalls Hospital. March 2016

    Love the misty shots and the full length window reflection, top work
  8. 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.
  9. Cheers mate, much appreciated
  10. Real quality mate. I don't think I will ever get my head around the total collapse of the deep coal industry
  11. 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....
  12. 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.
  13. 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
  14. Good snaps and interesting write up, first class there bud
  15. You are not wrong matey - on the list. Cheers T
  16. THORESBY COLLIERY - APRIL 2016 History Thoresby colliery opened in 1925. The first two shafts in 1925 were sunk to 690 metres (2,260 ft). The shafts were deepened by 109 metres (358 ft) in the 1950s. After privatization of the National Coal Board in the 1990s the mine was taken over by RJB Mining (later UK Coal as UK Coal Thoresby Ltd). Coal seams worked by or available to the pit included the Parkgate seam (from 1977 after closure of Ollerton Colliery); the Deep Soft seam; and the High Hazels seam (working ceased 1983). At one time the pit produced up to 100,000 tonnes in a week, making profits of £50m a year, but by April 2014 it was announced that the pit would close in July 2015. The colliery's 600 employees had been reduced to 360 by the time of the closure in July 2015. Following this announcement, the government offered a loan of £10m to carry out the manager closure. The reasons for closure were blamed on falling coal prices and a fire at Daw Mill Colliery in Warwickshire. The explore Mooching aside, the other unexpected bonus of the day was my feet being treated to Thoresby's finest 'mud'. What should have been a quick sprint from the relative safety of a conveyor to the Coal Preparation Plant became a quick sink into the black stuff. In a wide open position with a scattering of dog prints around me, this was clearly not a position to remain in! Stuck fast, it was a time to improvise with a rake, a bit of conveyor belt and of course the inevitable hilarity of the situation. After a good fifteen minutes i was on the road again and i swear the 'mud' has done my hard skin the world of good.. Our final destination was the rapid loading bunker, but after spotting a coat and hat near the fence, it was time to head home anyway, after a very enjoyable six hour mooch. Shared this one in the fine company of the Lone Shadow. 1. 2. 3. 4. 5. 6. 7. 8. 9. 10. 11. 12. 13. 14. 15. 16. 17. 18. 19. 20. My favorite shot of the day, from a mess room looking towards the shaft. Everything just left from the last shift.. only a clock breaks the silence. 21. This really IS the end of the line. Thanks for looking folks
  17. UK RAF West Raynham, Norfolk - Jan 2016

    Nice snaps mate Is that a wide angle you have these days?
  18. UK Hardy & Hanson Brewery - Nottingham - Feb 2016

    Looking good - nice set T
  19. UK Coryton Oil Refinery, Essex - April 2016

    Love this! Nice set too
  20. UK Thoresby Colliery/ Nottinhamshire/ April 2016

    These are fantastic L.S. ! A perfect mooch and an invigorating mud bath in Thoresby's finest
  21. UK Ambergate Wireworks - February 2016

    Mmm, lovely reflection's! Good work there
  22. UK George Barnsley and Sons Ltd/ Sheffield/ March 2016

    Good report bud, I love the selection of tools amassed - looking back! Why oh why do folk go round putting wanky tags on everything that doesn't move (main gate). Does it improve their pathetic lives?
  23. Fantastic! Good old traditional asylum mooch
  24. UK Train Graveyard, February 2016

    I think, you could well be right mate, I'd probably be down there a week
  25. Very nice. Wish my photos were as good as these! Bit of excitement for security bod, in his otherwise dull life...:)