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Arrow ARCHIVE: Cutacre opencast visit - Mar 09 - 30-03-2009, 10:27

Visit by Coalboard, Morrisey, Fettler and Boboil after a visit to a mates motorcycle collection then the site of the Pretoria pit, Atherton disaster of 1910 when 344 men and boys died. Found the capped shafts.
We're now well in with the site engineer at the opencast enough to be allowed to roam around on our own. More old workings in the Brassey seam, plenty of fern fossils and a surprise encounter on the outskirts with a young lad sinking in mud. His mates had tried to get him out and lost their shoes in the process.
Reminded me of myself when younger and sinky sluch slagheaps.
This lad was over his waist and to be honest if we hadn't turned up he may have gone under. Boboil and Morrisey got him out, armpit each. The lad could hardly walk due to the weight of the mud on his clothes.
Imagine his parent's reaction when he got home!




That's Morrisey to the right to give it scale



Slag heaps as beautiful as ever, should be preserved



A fold rather than a fault in a thin seam of a few inches thickness, not being worked



Ancient beach ripple marks complete with worm trails, 260 million years old



Bubbles of gas coming up through mud then drying out and then being swamped millions of years ago



Fossil ferns, probably Neuropteris



First encounter with the sinking lad



He was very quiet, I reckon he was drained of energy and in shock of a sorts


Off home, minus shoes and no doubt a good clout, thereagain that's not allowed thesedays is it?!!


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Default 30-03-2009, 19:22

Another fun packed day for the Pitmen, this was our 4th visit, everytime we go its like visiting a new site.

Bike collection








Time to stop & remember

Old workings


Naughty Fettler




Coal


Mud boy


Off for a bollockin


Someones pride & joy

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Default 30-03-2009, 19:58

just a couple from me as the others seem to pretty much have it covered.

my compact = better than a nikon.


like 3 giant sleeping grazing beasts or fettler, bungle & someone else of larger statue!


ancient fossilised beach and coalboards hammer


anyone for a swim?


ferny mcfern. got a guge one of these, double sided. fern one one side and steam / root on the other. then like a tosser dropped it on the floor at base camp (loser)


boboil passed out when he saw the terex RH120C in all its glory


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weeman. he might be small, but his sh*t stinks
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