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Forum: General topics 14-12-2017, 05:33 PM
Replies: 81
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Posted By Coquet
That's the problem with flame proof chambers....

That's the problem with flame proof chambers. there has to be a path to the outside to vent the expanding gases if there is an ignition inside. Unfortunately that same path can let the water in!
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Forum: General topics 10-12-2017, 08:20 PM
Replies: 81
Views: 39,148
Posted By Coquet
Pick Quick Coal Cutter.

This one is the Pick Quick Coal Cutter. This was in the group of machines known as 'Bar Cutters' or 'Bar Machines'. In soft seams these had the edge over the disc cutters, as the sprags or wedges for...
Forum: General topics 10-12-2017, 08:09 PM
Replies: 81
Views: 39,148
Posted By Coquet
The Hopkinson Chain Coal Cutting Machine

Another chain machine, 'The Hopkinson Chain Coal Cutting Machine'


http://www.coquetandcoast.co.uk/images/hopkinson-coal-cutter.jpg
Forum: General topics 10-12-2017, 07:59 PM
Replies: 81
Views: 39,148
Posted By Coquet
Anderson-Boyes Chain Coal Cutter

Here's a more familiar chain machine, Anderson-Boyes. These first UK types made an appearance just pre-1920, I guess this design never looked back. Earlier chain designs were in use in American mines...
Forum: General topics 10-12-2017, 07:49 PM
Replies: 81
Views: 39,148
Posted By Coquet
Diamond Coal Cutter

This is the 'Diamond Machine' type coal cutter, used where a deep undercut was required, cutting up to 6.5 feet. Very popular in the Midlands apparently.

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Forum: General topics 10-12-2017, 07:40 PM
Replies: 81
Views: 39,148
Posted By Coquet
Clark and Steavenson Coal Cutter

This one is the Clark and Steavenson Coal Cutter, similar design to the above but produced in a compressed air or 3 phase electric motor versions. There was a version of this machine produced to cut...
Forum: General topics 10-12-2017, 07:27 PM
Replies: 81
Views: 39,148
Posted By Coquet
Gillott & Copley coal cutter

Here's some weird and wonderful cutters

Gillott & Copley coal cutter

This thing worked off compressed air, two cylinders which can be seen in the picture. Machine frame was 5.5 ft by 2.5...
Forum: General topics 10-12-2017, 07:15 PM
Replies: 81
Views: 39,148
Posted By Coquet
I can recall the machine now, think I was in...

I can recall the machine now, think I was in there on one occasion with John Trotter telecoms electrician extraordinaire.
Forum: General topics 06-10-2017, 09:27 AM
Replies: 81
Views: 39,148
Posted By Coquet
Thanks. I only have a vague recollection of...

Thanks. I only have a vague recollection of seeing a gummer being used. I think the cutting shift at Whittle was the 3.45am shift which I avoided like the plague. My great uncle Alf Sergeant (Amble,...
Forum: General topics 05-10-2017, 07:35 PM
Replies: 81
Views: 39,148
Posted By Coquet
It was what I thought it was then. The gummer had...

It was what I thought it was then. The gummer had an impeller inside of it I think. Must have had a drive shaft on the cutter that fitted into it. Anyway, I recall it being one heavy lump of metal...
Forum: General topics 05-10-2017, 06:23 PM
Replies: 81
Views: 39,148
Posted By Coquet
You've a good memory. I can't remember it. I was...

You've a good memory. I can't remember it. I was probably banished somewhere else at the time.
Forum: General topics 05-10-2017, 06:19 PM
Replies: 81
Views: 39,148
Posted By Coquet
What was a gummer again? There was some...

What was a gummer again? There was some detachable device that controlled the duff out of the cut - was that the 'gummer'? (memory failed again)
Forum: General topics 05-10-2017, 06:17 PM
Replies: 81
Views: 39,148
Posted By Coquet
Been having a look through my stuff for AB Cutter...

Been having a look through my stuff for AB Cutter adverts, think my books pre-date the AB 15 above, but did find this one: AB Shortwall Coalutter fitted with gummer'

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Forum: General topics 05-10-2017, 02:44 PM
Replies: 81
Views: 39,148
Posted By Coquet
you'll like this one. 1858 coal cutter: :) Can...

you'll like this one. 1858 coal cutter: :) Can you figure out how it works?


http://www.coquetandcoast.co.uk/images/1858-coal-cutter.jpg
Forum: General topics 05-10-2017, 02:25 PM
Replies: 81
Views: 39,148
Posted By Coquet
Not sure about this one. Old photo of a cutter on...

Not sure about this one. Old photo of a cutter on the face viewed from the controls end but with the jib on the top:


http://www.coquetandcoast.co.uk/images/cutter-on-face.jpg
Forum: General topics 05-10-2017, 01:34 PM
Replies: 81
Views: 39,148
Posted By Coquet
Ah...ye olde coal cutter. The AB Fifteen. I did...

Ah...ye olde coal cutter. The AB Fifteen. I did show the daughter the trick of how to switch it on. I'm sure she is the only 14 year old in the UK that has the skills to switch a cutter on. You never...
Forum: General topics 05-10-2017, 01:25 PM
Replies: 81
Views: 39,148
Posted By Coquet
Here's one for Alan. These gate end boxes...

Here's one for Alan.

These gate end boxes or panels (basic equipment switch) and the myriad of versions of them are something else that must still be 'down there' in there thousands.

This type...
Forum: General topics 05-10-2017, 01:12 PM
Replies: 81
Views: 39,148
Posted By Coquet
Here's a Anderson RH22 'Dosco'* or road heading...

Here's a Anderson RH22 'Dosco'* or road heading machine, on the roadside somewhere in Scotland. (*Dosco was actually a competitor, but the name stuck for this type of machine)

There must be a...
Forum: General topics 18-04-2017, 07:29 PM
Replies: 81
Views: 39,148
Posted By Coquet
Since the last time I was there they've opened a...

Since the last time I was there they've opened a 'Lamp Cabin' on the colliery site which is a display area for the history of miners' lamps. Fascinating collection, weird and wonderful.

This one...
Forum: General topics 18-04-2017, 07:05 PM
Replies: 81
Views: 39,148
Posted By Coquet
Yes that Gin works and they do demonstrate it...

Yes that Gin works and they do demonstrate it sometimes with one of the many Beamish horses.
Forum: General topics 18-04-2017, 07:03 PM
Replies: 81
Views: 39,148
Posted By Coquet
Oh yes she is fed up with it! Cornish...

Oh yes she is fed up with it!

Cornish plunger pump by Evans of Wolverhampton, with corresponding page from my copy of 'Mine Drainage' by Stephen Mitchell, 1899, showing a very similar Evans pump....
Forum: General topics 18-04-2017, 11:51 AM
Replies: 81
Views: 39,148
Posted By Coquet
One more (out of focus? :mad:) mining related...

One more (out of focus? :mad:) mining related photo from their '1820s landscape' the Whim Gin. :)


http://www.coquetandcoast.co.uk/images/whim-gin-mine-shaft-horse.jpg
Forum: General topics 18-04-2017, 11:40 AM
Replies: 81
Views: 39,148
Posted By Coquet
Different subject, but do we have anything like...

Different subject, but do we have anything like this, ruined or otherwise locally?

(I don't think anyone notices this thing when they visit Beamish)


It is a Shaft Cupola, built over intake...
Forum: General topics 18-04-2017, 11:26 AM
Replies: 81
Views: 39,148
Posted By Coquet
There appears to be two engines, one on top of...

There appears to be two engines, one on top of the walls, another sitting down between them.



http://www.coquetandcoast.co.uk/images/silksworth-sinking-engine-2.jpg

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Forum: General topics 18-04-2017, 11:17 AM
Replies: 81
Views: 39,148
Posted By Coquet
At Beamish at the weekend. Here's the 'Silksworth...

At Beamish at the weekend. Here's the 'Silksworth Sinking Engine' photographed from up the colliery heapstead. I think your engine mounts would be fit with a similar machine?

This one was built...
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