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Report - Black Barn Drifts Colliery, South Wales. May 2010

Discussion in 'Industrial Sites' started by vwdirtboy, May 23, 2010.

  1. vwdirtboy

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    Information on the early years of Black Barn Colliery is extremely scarce, Black Barn drifts were probably Part of the Tirpentws, Ty Gwyn and Blaen-y-cwm Collieries in the Cwm-ffrwd-oer valley near Pantygasseg in South Wales.

    Black Barn Colliery is a small mine worked from around 1850 all the way up to the mid 1990's finally closing in 1994.. During the early years and up to the middle of this century the upper leaf of the Mynyddislwyn seam was worked until near exhaustion which was of the 'house coal' type with a seam thickness of some 4ft.Since the 1950's the lower leaf of the Mynyddislwyn seam was worked heavily. The mine was worked again from 2000 to 2008. Then on a somewhat sporadic basis seeming to be mothballed every few years or so.

    During its last period of activity the Cowbridge based company Metal Innovations Ltd were using Black Barn for testing and developing there new range of compact deep mining machinery, namely the Celtic Miner 4500 [​IMG]



    There are two adits, one occupied by the conveyor system, the other by the tramway leading to an ingenious tippler that tips the whole tram and its contents.

    Since being mothballed again both deep drifts are now flooded some 200m in from the entrance.

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    Thanks for looking! :thumb
     

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