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Offline Tomferry

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“Question “ pencil gallery
« on: July 14, 2021, 12:49:11 pm »
Have been reading my most recent purchase from Mike at   “moorebooks “ the book is called black avalanche .

In a chapter the rescue team have to walk through a abandoned section of the mine  called pencil gallery ?

In my opinion/ guess a pencil gallery in a pit would probably be a section where pillar robbing could have taken place leaving a large open void / chamber and many vertical pit props inserted having their own  foot plates and ceiling plates with wedges to tighten them ?

Would like to know if I have understood the term correctly am sure others have heard of it  :shrug:


Tad confused also as I thought gallery was a slate term not used in pits ?


Tom




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Re: “Question “ pencil gallery
« Reply #1 on: July 14, 2021, 01:44:36 pm »
Is it coal, and what is the era?

Just talking out of my backside not knowing the above, could it be https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Longwall_mining where the face advances and the gob collapses behind as they move the props (hydraulic jacks in modern times) forwards. If so, could it be a seam/face not being extracted but supported as a long chamber with all the props left in place so they could come back to it?
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Re: “Question “ pencil gallery
« Reply #2 on: July 14, 2021, 01:51:41 pm »
Was it the Borrowdale Graphite Mines?

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« Reply #3 on: July 14, 2021, 02:23:18 pm »
It was at Knockshinnoch Castle Colliery, in New Cumnock, Ayrshire, in September of 1950 so coal mines . I don’t believe their machinery was that far advanced yet as they didn’t even have a canteen,  It has mentioned very little  of modern methods seems a more traditional style of mining being used .

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Re: “Question “ pencil gallery
« Reply #4 on: July 14, 2021, 04:40:23 pm »
Was it the Borrowdale Graphite Mines?
It just wasn't 2B
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