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Report - Return to Thoresby Colliery - Nottinghamshire - Jan 2016

Discussion in 'Industrial Sites' started by Speed, Jan 4, 2016.

  1. Speed

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    Its early January 2016 and we rock up at Thoresby, the last site on our 'Tri Colliery Christmas Holiday' trip, to see how things are progressing with decommissioning the pit. Capping of both shafts is now complete and power on the site has been largely disconnected. Now i have covered every remaining UK deep pit i can probably say Thoresby has been the most enjoyable for me, not only does it feel wonderfully complete and original with little in the way of modernisation or modern additions but for once i i've managed to cover the vast majority of the site without missing sections due to locked doors or simply arriving to find them half demolished!​

    Coal Prep

    The coal prep plant here is great as its original 1950s equipment and not a more modern replacement. Usually the coal prep is an under explored part of colliery closures often being the first section to have its power cut or be ripped down. While also being sparse of natural light, its not the kind of place for great 'arty' photos and many 'likes' on your facebook exploring page either. However, with @Dave W and @Joe. insisting i should see it before it was too late i made this the first port of call!​

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    Emergency Winder

    This obscure little building sits right in the centre of the site, its not something you would particularly think was 'epic' but it is something i've never seen at a colliery before. The idea was that if a winder failed with men still underground this smaller unit could swing into action and haul them out or provide access for rescue workers to go down. During the British Coal days i believe they switched to using mobile units that could be quickly taken to wherever they were required rather than have a permanent one at each pit. The first image shows the winder house itself viewed from the opening in the heapstead area the cable would have been strung through.​

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    Downcast Heapsted and Headstock

    The last major part of the site left that i had not yet covered was the downcast heapsted and headstock. This is where the men would have travelled underground. A corridor comes down from the dirty side of the baths, through the lamproom and into the shaft head. Its a pitty we didn't pop in here when it was still lit up but i think the capping process was still going on at the time and we felt it may not have been wise to push our luck any further that night. The headstock itself posed two problems, for one it was well barricaded and required some serious squeezing and clambering to get past the defenses. Secondly security was sitting in his car right opposite and had a grandstand view. I have no idea how he didn't see three of us go up there! Last thing left to do was get a few external shots before daylight totally faded and then home to normality.

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  2. BoroLad

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    Fantastic report :)
     
  3. drhowser

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    That's so good. I can't believe how much stuff I'm missing at the moment!
     
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    No squeezing or clambering needed for downcast headstock - just walk up the outside stairs, unhook the unlocked padlock from the gate half way up and carry on up!
     
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    ahh really.. My way worked ok too tho haha
     
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    Did that involve climbing up the inside of the latticework leg of the headstock?
    I did that without my gear but figured it was easier to take tripod and all my other crap up the stairs instead!
     
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    Yeh, i left my stuff at the bottom and just took the camera up, It was a squeeze!
     
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    Marvellous, so much to see. Love that "capping station" shot with the green and red gantry.
     
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    Superb, really should get my arse in gear and have a look at this one.
     
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    great report and nice photos
     
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    so nice. I love the stay safe! sign.
     
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    Did security not bother you at all on this site? I hear they have dogs now?
     
  13. Speed

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    They have always had dogs.
     
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    Not very good ones clearly
     
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    What are contractors hours like on here? Be a shame not to have a look being local, not keen on getting bit though
     
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