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Report - Rampgill Lead/Zinc mine, Cumbria. Oct. 2012

Discussion in 'Mines and Quarries' started by Rustynail, Oct 1, 2012.

  1. Rustynail

    Rustynail it's dark in here innit?
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    Greetings! It is I Rustynail. Long time no explore...

    I had a mooch round Rampgill at the weekend where I'm told that there are over 20 miles of tunnels. Despite being in there for over 5 hours and walking/wading/crawling for a couple of miles in, we only scratched the surface, if you can say that when you're underground lol. You really need a whole day at this just to see the parts you can get to without SRT and all that.

    Brewery shaft - pipework from the compressed air system.
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    Wadorz needed here. In fact they're needed in the whole place. I don't think there's a dry bit in the whole mine.
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    Ore chute from a higher level in the mine.
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    Whiskey Bottle Corner.
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    Tunnel...
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    More pipework at another shaft.
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    Calcite deposits forming stalactites.
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    Although this looks like it could be dogshit, I am assured it is dynamite.
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    More tunnels but with stonework.
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    A crawl through water.
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    Roof supports in former collapsed/blown in section. At some time after closure this area was dynamited but was dug out by explorers in the 1980s/90s.
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    In some sections of tunnel the original constructors had used concrete and when fitting the shuttering they had covered it with newspaper to help it come unstuck once the concrete was set. This pic shows remains of the newspaper that they used over 100 years ago - still stuck to the concrete ceiling.
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    Point lever from underground narrow gauge railway.
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    More tunnel...
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