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Disused Turton Moor Colliery/brickworks site ?, Turton Moor, near Belmont ,Blackburn With Darwen

Posted in Belmont, Blackburn With Darwen, colliery, Lancashire, mine, Old brickworks, Old mines, Railway, Tramway, Turton Moor, winter hill with tags , , , , , , , , , , on November 13, 2010 by jakeofwinterhill

spooky woods

tramway to the mine

going up the mountain

Whitaker, Darwen brick

http://www.penmorfa.com/bricks/england8.html
site about bricks

Bull Hill Fire Clay works Darwin – look at the Brick
Note from Dad
http://www.geograph.org.uk/photo/34497
at Bull Hill there was a sanatorium , plus evidence of mines -based upon maps unknown location of the Brickworks ?

http://www.geograph.org.uk/photo/1731735
Turton Moor Colliery site ? two shafts Winter Hill on right hand side in the background

Turton Moor Colliery  view of site looking down the hill

Turton Moor Colliery  -another waste tip ?

Turton Moor Colliery  waste tips -lots of burnt coal ?

Turton Moor Brick Works – lots of old bricks here !

4 ramps for the tramway ?

where they put the gold 😉  in the spooky woods -the woods were very dark and  wet!


Dads Note :pipe works by Blackburn Road,? lot of iron engine mounting’s found as well

http://www.british-history.ac.uk/report.aspx?compid=53115
history of the Blackburn and Darwin area

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/West_Pennine_Moors
information about the West Pennine Moors


http://www.westpenninemoors.com/discover_intro
information about the West Pennine Moors

http://www.enotes.com/topic/West_Pennine_Moors
information about the West Pennine Moors


http://www.blackburn.gov.uk/server.php?show=ConWebDoc.21132&setPaginate=No
Walks in this area with ref to pipe works by Blackburn Road,


http://www.cottontown.org/page.cfm?pageid=257
history of the Blackburn and Darwin area

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Forest head to Gains – disused railways,Old Mines and quarries -Cumbria

Posted in Blacksyke, Brampton, colliery, Cumbria, Disused Railway, fell running, Foggy, forest head, gairs, mine, Old mines, Old Quarry, Railway with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , on October 26, 2010 by jakeofwinterhill

Brampton Railway


image of area  from

http://www.cumbria-railways.co.uk/brampton_railway_mines.html

 

we went from Blacksyke colliery to the  Blacksyke quarry  to Gairs colliery

 

along this route ran the famous  Rocket  steam engine


“In April 1837 James Thompson purchased George Stephensons Rocket from the Liverpool and Manchester Railway for the sum of £300″



background note:


Blacksyke Colliery


“Blacksyke Colliery’s first shaft was sunk during 1820-1 and went into production in 1822-3 using a steam engine for pumping and coal winding. To serve this Blacksyke colliery a branch line was put in East of Hallbangate climbing in a south westerly direction via a rope hauled line to reach this bleakly sited colliery”.

http://www.cumbria-railways.co.uk/brampton_railway_mines.html

 

 

http://www.dmm.org.uk/articles/8510805.htm

details of accidents at colliery

 

 

 

this is a coke oven

 

mine in the mist

 

at the top of the hill  of mine waste

steam engine where it used to be

note from dad : used for mine and the railway -incline was too steep for engines on their own !


video of Blacksyke mine


Blacksyke s quarry


red sandstone

note from dad -not from this area looks like Eden red sandstone ?

smmmmmooooth stone looks like wood !

Blacksyke quarry from above



Forest head Quarry

 

 

 

 

 

 

try and spot the railway line

 

Here are the railway tracks to Gains Colliery


background note :

Gairs Colliery – Work began on Gairs Colliery on the bleak windswept fells above Hallbankgate during 1909 and was completed by 1912. Besides the main seam there was a blacksmith shop and screens for sorting the coal. With this new development a further extension of the Brampton Railway was completed with a branch leaving the Blacksyke route near Forrest Head and following the course of the older line to Howgill. Beyond Howgill the new line climbed steeply to Gairs Colliery with gradients of between 1 in 27 to 1 in 18 which was one of the steepest worked adhesion lines in Great Britian at the time. At its peak in 1921 Gairs Colliery employed 180 below ground and 51 above ground and was finally abandoned on 6th September 1936


http://www.cumbria-railways.co.uk/brampton_railway_mines.html


an old railway bridge  on the way to Gains colliery

 

 

the spooky house  ( dads note :Gains house where the mine manager was supposed to live but its split into two houses  which are equal ? )

 

Dads note we did not explore the mine because of the weather moving in see right hand side of the photo

safety choice – Jake was tired due to adverse weather conditions , don’t take risks and become a casualty  there’s always next time !


I am in the fog wind and rain again

 

note from Dad -we dropped height and took the protected route next to the stone wall to avoid the wind

 

 

video showing high wind ,rain and low level cloud

 

 

a mine opening  ?

(one of the small breaks in the weather to allow a good photo )

 

note – from dad

weather for route

high winds leading to high chill factor -cold due to driving rain  and wind , poor visibility at times  -down to 5m ,

above this area is a place called cold fell – a name not without reason !

 

route taken

blackberry played up due to getting wet so distance is underestimated times/speed not accurate

http://www.sanoodi.com/routes/forest-head-to-gains-4.6-miles-302292/

point to point run

 

 

links

Local mountain rescue team

http://www.penrithmrt.org.uk/

 

walk links

http://www.markrichards.info/

http://www.cumbria.gov.uk/elibrary/Content/Internet/544/932/4009111315.pdf

http://www.cumbria.gov.uk/elibrary/content/internet/544/932/4009111739.pdf

 

we used a combination of the above two walks plus the Cumbria railways site to explore this area

 

http://www.geograph.org.uk/photo/461843 Gains mine in better weather than we had !

 

Explore the disused railway at Dochamps, Belgium two trips 29/8 and 2/9

Posted in Belgium, Disused Railway, Dochamps, Railway with tags , , , , on September 2, 2010 by jakeofwinterhill

a set of points

a expansion gap that  allows for hot weather

a bolt to hold the track and has the letter B on it ,I collected some of these.

level crossing sign

a railway sign

there were a lots of nettles we used a stick to clear the nettles

a bend on the track

I am standing on a bridge

Fermont Fort maginot line, France

Posted in Fermont, France, Maginot Line, underground with tags , , , , , , , , on August 26, 2010 by jakeofwinterhill

this is the main entrance to the fort

this is a 88 mm German gun

this is a really noisy train

a very narrow passage

this is a turret that moves up and down.