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Report - Thorseby Colliery - Nottinghamshire - Aug to Oct 2015

Discussion in 'Industrial Sites' started by Speed, Oct 10, 2015.

  1. Speed

    Speed Got Epic?
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    Closure was announced here in April and most workers had left by July. We started to explore in August but things were not too easy at first. No sooner had we made our way to the fence line there was an alsatian on the other side giving us the eye. It didn't look like we were going to have an easy time of it! We tried once more but the site was busy and we ran into a worker before we even make it to the first building, luckily we spotted him first and got away again!

    Third time lucky it was. We were forced to leave it until after dark and at first it seemed a waste of time as lighting around the coal prep and headstocks was almost non existent and you couldn't see two feet in front of you. However as we worked our way deeper into the site things improved and we didn't see a soul all night..

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    The coal prep was so dark we couldn't see where we were walking.

    It was immediately obvious this one was going to be good. The pit is very dated, a big contrast to my last two coal expeditions at Maltby and Harworth

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    Wispy mist was rising from the shaft. It was so lit up and unprotected at first i thought it was still in use but peering over the flimsy wooden gates it appears they have capped it off at the air drift level with only a small square hatch into the abyss.

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    Next for the headstock itself. This was easy but the site was so dark it was hard to get any decent photos. It was however a good spot to scope out the whole site and work out where to go next.

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    Into winder No.2. We immediately noticed a large ball camera on the wall but too late to turn back now.

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    No problem, it stopped!

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    The control cabin was stunning could have spent hours in here alone i think but we pressed on incase we had been spotted.

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    Heading through the powerhouse basement i took time to shoot just a handful of the epic dated signage. Then popped up into the powerhouse itself

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    Compressors old and new were still running.

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  2. Speed

    Speed Got Epic?
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    Next through into Winder No.1

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    Then popping out into walkway down to the downcast

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    We heard a rather strange noise at this point and ducked into the open lamp room triggering all the pir lights to flicker on. I turned out to be the sound of a tap left running in the bath house.

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    Next down further towards the downcast shaft, a door here was open to the yard and we were getting a bit nervy after triggering more PIR lights, anyone outside would be alerted to our presence pretty sharpish if they were looking in the right direction..

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    A safety display and UK Coal systems still being updated

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    Back the other way down to the bathhouse

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    Lovely dated showers

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    The lockers were not quite as good.. The old PIR lights were at work again and as security's car was parked just outside here we decided to make legs. Im sure this area is still in use for those decommissioning the site so you never know who's round the corner...

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    On our way out we stuck our head into the air drift, not something id seen before at a colliery

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    Lastly this training mock-up of the underground..

    Hopefully i will get the chance to return in daylight soon and do the other headstock and workshops. Also done a little video for you.

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  3. kevin arnold

    kevin arnold 28DL Member
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    that's epic!! what a great report :Not Worthy
     
  4. Wevsky

    Wevsky A Predisposed Tourist
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    That really is something else..Well done for getting that done.!
     
  5. clebby

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    Folks really ought to make the effort with this one, it's gotta be one of the best industrial sites in the country right now. I need to return in the daylight really, I have a fat black eye after I walked into the corner of a Heras panel in the dark ffs
     
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  6. TheTimeChamber

    TheTimeChamber The other one
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    That is incredible. Top work.
     
  7. Oxygen Thief

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    Fuck me backwards. That's unbelievable.

    Never seen the air fan, or a shaft quite like that.

    Also, didn't know they blasted in coal mines.

    Epic work, epic pictures, epic exploring...
     
  8. The Kwan

    The Kwan Easily Led
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    Really nice, I would have definately struggled to drag myself away from the control room too.
     
  9. Camera Shy

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    Bravo, power room is ace but then so is the rest of it.
     
  10. drhowser

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    Man I'm jealous of this! Hopefully I'll be back in time to have a go at it while it's still good!
     
  11. bhg

    bhg In Search of Lost Time
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    Such a great report and an amazing place.
    Well done!:thumb
     
  12. The Lone Ranger

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    An epic stroll, stunning shots and great write up as usual :thumb
     
  13. Seffy

    Seffy Bally up lads!
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    Fuck me backwards and sideways, that's sick. Quite a lot of want in there..
     
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    dave 28DL Regular User
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    Great stuff that. As usual top quality exploring and superb reporting.
     
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    10 shades of epic there, hats off!
     
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