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Report - Kellingley Colliery - Mar 16

Discussion in 'Industrial Sites' started by camoe, Mar 1, 2016.

  1. camoe

    camoe 28DL Regular User
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    The Explore

    After seeing a fair amount of news articles about this mammoth site, we had it at the top of our list, but being a fair trek from us it got pushed under the mat. After popping up to York to collect some eBay goodies, we decided to open the map and see what was in the area to do, first thing i saw.. Kellingley Colliery, it had to be done really!

    We made our entrance in darkness, and was overwhelmed by the sheer scale of the site, it really is big, we navigated through awful thick sludge to start making our way to our points of interest!

    History

    Shamelessly stolen from @The Amateur Wanderer

    Kellingley was one of the later collieries to be constructed in Yorkshire, many local pits such as Prince of Wales, Glasshoughton, Ledstone and Allerton had stood since the mid/late 1800's. In fact other than the construction of the Selby Coal Field in the 80's Big K was the most modern colliery set up in the area.

    Exploratory boreholes were sunk in 1958 to test the sites suitability for the construction of a colliery. The site was deemed suitable for production as the boreholes discovered seven workable coal seems, good news considering the planned Aire Valley Power Station constructions. Ferrybridge B, C, Eggborough and Drax would all become essential customers to Kellingley, Kellingley also produced some amount of higher calorific value house coal, but it should be known that the power station were the main customers for the pit. Drax, Eggborough and Ferry' B & C all served by Merry Go Round (MGR) Coal trains, mainly powered by British Rail Class 47 and Class 56 Diesel Locomotives.

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  2. clebby

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    Concerning lack of headstock in this report
     
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  3. Speed

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    Concerning lack of your report :p
     
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  4. camoe

    camoe 28DL Regular User
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    Lol, we were pushed for time!
     
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