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by Ryan
Mon May 08, 2017 1:56 pm
Forum: Trade tittle-tattle
Topic: Bachmann gas mechanical
Replies: 1
Views: 722

Bachmann gas mechanical

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by Ryan
Mon Jun 30, 2014 10:26 am
Forum: Prototype Prattles
Topic: Underground photos
Replies: 9
Views: 2347

I was fairly lucky, when i first started work at the South Crofty mine i was paired with a guy who had over 30 years mining experience in support and shaft work as he had been a timberman at Geevor back in the 70's and 80's so thats what i was trained to be at Crofty. My first job there was to build...
by Ryan
Thu Jun 26, 2014 8:02 pm
Forum: Prototype Prattles
Topic: Underground photos
Replies: 9
Views: 2347

Few more photos from another of our digs, this time at the Levant mine Our way in, down a stope off Man Engine shaft barely 2ft wide http://i28.photobucket.com/albums/c241/tanaka9/levant/10477392_10152070665110927_2572659998028247858_n_zps4514f970.jpg and looking back up http://i28.photobucket.com/a...
by Ryan
Thu Jun 26, 2014 7:41 pm
Forum: Prototype Prattles
Topic: Underground photos
Replies: 9
Views: 2347

guess the Geevor guys kepted their workings cleaner lol. We've got plenty of bits that you can get filthy in, but a good free flowing adit system shouldn't be one of them
by Ryan
Wed Jun 25, 2014 5:51 pm
Forum: Prototype Prattles
Topic: Underground photos
Replies: 9
Views: 2347

the bell is part of the electric bell system for signalling the winder operater up on surface to either raise or lower the cage.

The pipes in the shaft would have been for either water or compressed air for running the machines underground
by Ryan
Tue Jun 24, 2014 3:09 pm
Forum: Prototype Prattles
Topic: Underground photos
Replies: 9
Views: 2347

once we had cleared the collapse we could access the rest of the workings in this section including a couple of large shafts and some areas of stoping Stoping about 3ft wide http://i28.photobucket.com/albums/c241/tanaka9/Boscaswell/005e.jpg http://i28.photobucket.com/albums/c241/tanaka9/Boscaswell/0...
by Ryan
Tue Jun 24, 2014 2:55 pm
Forum: Prototype Prattles
Topic: Underground photos
Replies: 9
Views: 2347

Underground photos

Following on from Kens thread about their mine in Nevada here are some photos from a few of our projects in local mines in the Penwith area of Cornwall Our first job was to sort this collapse out, its in an area of soft ground and first collapsed about 40 years ago, the support they put in then is w...
by Ryan
Sat Jun 21, 2014 11:42 am
Forum: Prototype Prattles
Topic: Some OLD mine prototype pics.
Replies: 13
Views: 2938

No we don't have a site at the moment, our group doesn't advertise what we do very often, too many people these days enjoy breaking into places and causing damage etc.

Can certainly sort out a few more photos if anyone is interested though, got tons from over the years
by Ryan
Fri Jun 20, 2014 7:17 pm
Forum: Prototype Prattles
Topic: Some OLD mine prototype pics.
Replies: 13
Views: 2938

Best of luck with the mine restoration Ken, its certainly an interesting activity. I've spent the last 6 years restoring several setts of underground workings down here in Cornwall mainly making up parts of the old Geevor and Levant mines We've opened up a several hundred meter section of the old Bo...
by Ryan
Tue Mar 29, 2011 8:44 pm
Forum: Prototype Prattles
Topic: (F) Bincleaves Greenwood & Batley loco
Replies: 7
Views: 5815

Not entirely sure it was designed to carry a torpedo, I've driven this loco and you sit on the little square pad you can just make out in the photo, now if I remember correctly there are two of those so you can sit and face the direction you're travelling in with your legs in a well in the middle of...
by Ryan
Mon Dec 21, 2009 10:36 pm
Forum: Modelling Matters
Topic: Back to the Workface
Replies: 89
Views: 43351

fascinating model, very atmospheric and effective. Love the eimco. interesting also to see the pics of what is clearly the Great Cross-course at S Crofty - are you on aditnow? fraid not, the dangerous levels of stupidity demonstrated by a vast number of the members of aditnow has always stopped me ...
by Ryan
Fri Dec 11, 2009 11:19 pm
Forum: Modelling Matters
Topic: The Stamping Ground Gold Mine
Replies: 832
Views: 331451

Steve Bennett wrote:Why not have the driver seated, like this, a long time favorite mine loco :) even if it is a pot boiler :lol:

Image


Would that be the Pioneer which was used at Levant Steve?
by Ryan
Sun Sep 20, 2009 8:10 am
Forum: Modelling Matters
Topic: The Stamping Ground Gold Mine
Replies: 832
Views: 331451

If anyone ever needs any close up photos of a mucker i can get some, we have 4 lying around at work. Given the time period of the layout personnally i wouldn't bother with warning horns, lights or an all clear siren because they wouldn't have existed in a mine of this size, we don't even have any of...
by Ryan
Fri Aug 14, 2009 3:52 pm
Forum: Prototype Prattles
Topic: (F) Rail Mounted air drill
Replies: 3
Views: 3203

Depending on its age it would probaly been air powered, or if it's older it could have been hand turned but I doubt it.

Air rigs are still used, we had one up till last year but now all our rigs are hydraulic powered.
by Ryan
Tue Dec 30, 2008 10:18 pm
Forum: Modelling Matters
Topic: Back to the Workface
Replies: 89
Views: 43351

The first collapse happened instantly, which was abit nervous as we were standing directly under them at the time, and the weight of the stuff dropping just bent them down, and there 8inch H beams. The ones in the photo are actually part of the work to try and fix the problem, there a second set of ...
by Ryan
Tue Dec 30, 2008 9:57 pm
Forum: Modelling Matters
Topic: Back to the Workface
Replies: 89
Views: 43351

Thanks for that Gavin, certainly interesting to know. We are in a very similiar situation at the moment, the ground we're in at the moment has been very rotten and just loves to drop out. Hence the amount of arches we've had to do http://gi56.photobucket.com/groups/g197/7LI22KCO5L/P1000300.jpg Can s...
by Ryan
Tue Dec 30, 2008 12:00 am
Forum: Modelling Matters
Topic: Back to the Workface
Replies: 89
Views: 43351

Thanks for the info Paul, interesting to know. From the lack of tie bars in between the arches it sounds like they weren't to worried about the rock, and they were more for show than anything else. Having stood under arches that have suddenly come under stress i can tell you they ain't a massive amo...
by Ryan
Mon Dec 29, 2008 9:40 pm
Forum: Modelling Matters
Topic: Back to the Workface
Replies: 89
Views: 43351

Great layout, makes me feel like im back at work :D

Just a quick question, the steel arches used in the real tunnel, were they the gothic style shown in the model and just loosely borded out?
by Ryan
Tue Sep 09, 2008 7:21 pm
Forum: Modelling Matters
Topic: Gunpowder Store
Replies: 17
Views: 6941

Dragon wrote:Damp explosives = no product = no money


Ah but that depends on the time period and the explosives being used :wink:
by Ryan
Mon Sep 08, 2008 4:09 pm
Forum: Modelling Matters
Topic: Gunpowder Store
Replies: 17
Views: 6941

Just remember.. when dealing with explosives.. Thick walls, thin roof. That way if it all goes wrong, the blast goes up into the sky, where it causes a lot less damage than it would if it went outwards along the ground. (and to boot you might get the comedy stunned seagull falling out the sky after...
by Ryan
Sun Feb 10, 2008 2:59 pm
Forum: Modelling Matters
Topic: Permanent Magnets with DG couplings
Replies: 10
Views: 4781

Anyone tried the Electromagnets with DG couplings rather than the permanent ones?
by Ryan
Fri Jun 15, 2007 10:30 am
Forum: Modelling Matters
Topic: Gn15 Outdoors?
Replies: 12
Views: 4511

Never had any problems with running 00 gauge in the garden, just gave the tracka clean before a running session and that was all that was needed to get the trains running well. I've even successfully experimented with 009 in the garden and even that worked well aslong as the track was clean. All my ...
by Ryan
Sun May 27, 2007 10:36 pm
Forum: Modelling Matters
Topic: Scenery Support
Replies: 5
Views: 2057

For ultimate strength you could use fibreglass to fill in the gaps, just like mod rock would, only much much stronger.
But being a fibreglass laminator by trade im biased on this one.
Only down side is fibreglass is a handful when laying up unless you've plenty of practice at it
by Ryan
Sat May 26, 2007 3:44 pm
Forum: Size doesn't matter
Topic: (F) O9/O-16.5 Industrial Corner Layout
Replies: 6
Views: 15305

No im quite happy to go along with your view :D Another thing to add to the shopping list then :wink:
by Ryan
Fri May 11, 2007 11:09 am
Forum: Size doesn't matter
Topic: (F) Mordred -- O9
Replies: 6
Views: 7855

I asked about the couplings because I'm thinking about using them for the O-14 stock, as it's going to involve shunting hopefully so a hands free un-coupling system is needed and I've been thinking about the DG couplings for awhile, seem to get good reviews on them and for the price as well you can'...

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