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Visit today with Gibbo, Morrisey, man of Romanian extraction and Mr Boboil, organised officially but very limited numbers (don't worry we'll be going again a few times soon) with a space in the landrover going to someone who turned out to be very interesting, the former Coal Board area geologist and surveyor.
Helped him with his measurements of coal seam cleat angle and frequency ( in a way the grain of the coal and how often the breaks occur ). He needed this info for a talk to experts down south. We also picked his brain on aspects of the site's geology.

Tony France former head geologist and surveyor for the Coal Board standing on top of the Rams seam, marking out the cleat angles

Old roadway in the Rams seam, circa 1870-80

That jacket outperforms any high power LED torch!, note the roof joist used as a pit prop

Good old ochre stained coal near the outcrop, believe it or not very high quality stuff

Mr Morrisey contemplates before entering a tunnel last travelled over 120 years ago, he fainted as the flash fired

Boboil creates cracks in the Rams seam roof, the strength of the man!

Fairly steep seam dip angle of about 13 degrees

Wharton Hall Colliery shaft, sunk around the 1880's, old workings alongside probably predate the shaft sinking as the coal around shafts was normally never touched to protect it's structure

Superb exposure of the coal seams and strata with a sizeable upthrow fault

The strata with seams heading towards the outcrop, small step faults in the distance

Coal Not Dole

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Great pic's Al, cheers for the brews & your never ending mining knowhow.
Brilliant day out in good company , Also big thanks to Joe our landrover driver
who patiently put up with us running about like overexcited little boys dizzy on
Few pics

I didn't believe R1 when he said he was into morris dancing, but after this demo he proved
he's quite an expert

Few tunnels

Come on mate that'll never fit in your bag

Brick lined shaft

Few fossils

Constant pumping

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