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Report - Kellingley colliery November 2016

Lavino

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A early morning start was needed for days outing. Traveled down with @Dangle_Angle and met up with @Acid reflux and @gk-wax at the colliery. A quick hello and not to was much time entered in the cover of darkness.and anyone going here a little tip is wear wellies as you will get covered in shit. We were literally black as coal by the time we had finished. Headed for the headstocks first as wanted to see the conlrol rooms up at the top. There is security parked up front and does patrol regular. Also must say hats off to the guys that work here and recently lost there jobs.they had hard jobs here lots of friendly banter wrote around the place so they must have enjoyed the friends they had there. We spent a good 5 hours looking around headstock,gym, canteen various workshops, offices and medical rooms.so here's a few photos and some history..

history

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 and locomotive.

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Choo Choo m8ty

Mr Reality Hacker
Regular User
#7
Good stuff m8tys glad to see you having fun. will catch up soon.. nice pics also
 

ACID- REFLUX

28DL Full Member
28DL Full Member
#8
Nice to meet up again with you @Lavino & @gk-wax & hello to @Dangle_Angle ;)

Covered the old girl pretty well mate & some good pics :thumb (if a bit over saturated for me :coat:D ) Glad you finally made the trip over before shes gone for good bless her.

It was a bit weird from my last visit, which was at night, especially as it now looks like a couple of 747s have crashed with the ongoing Demo of the wash plant & conveyors systems scattered around.

And always good to bump into people aimlessly wandering about dangerous sites without a clue or care in the World isn"t it o_O no wonder the secca has been busy recently ..........Shakes Head!

My chest is still Fooked thanks :thumb think i ingested too much Coke at SSI the other week:(
 

The Lone Shadow

Industrial Fanatic!
28DL Full Member
#10
Has the preparation plant been demo'd now?? Shucks!! That was the best part IMO.
 

gus960

28DL Full Member
28DL Full Member
#11
Fantastic post really enjoyed seeing those pics I did some work there in 1978 and am fairly sure I recognised some bits!!
 

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