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  1. Cyprus Delights

    Copper mining in Cyprus started in about 300BC, in fact the name is derived from cuprous (copper). The early prospectors found the copper ore by looking for 'gossans' or iron domes in the hills. These were formed when a vein is exposed on the surface, leaching of the soluble copper elements into the vein, leaving iron oxides which form reddish, yellow or brown hills. Most mining was done by digging gigantic holes to get at the ore, but a few were proper mines, due to the depth of the overburden. Usually inclined adits, they were worked by pillar and stall, or face advancement. The area explored even had a narrow gauge (2foot 6 gauge) railway some 8 miles long to convey the ore to the port, where it was concentrated prior to shipment. There is not that much information available, but the following is an extract from a mining report. The mining area of Kalavasos covers a range of 18 square kilometres, the centre of which is located north of the Kalavasos village, about 10 kilometres from the Vasiliko beach and around 13 kilometres from the ancient city of Amathous. The ore from the Kalavasos mines was transferred via railway to the harbour of Vasiliko. Processing took place in the factory that existed there and then -through a system of overhead loading -it was loaded onto ships to be exported. The aggregate volume of reserves in the deposits of the Kalavasos's area were calculated by professor L. Mousoulos to be approximately 8.5 million tones. The ore production in the Kalavasos region started in 1937 and ended in 1978. A total of 5.5 million tones of ore were mined in the region during that period, while the export of ore by the mines of Kalavasos during the same period surpass 3 million tones. Today the mines remain shut and abandoned. The Community Council of Kalavasos has scheduled the maintenance of the entrance of the Mousoulou mine so that the visitors will observe how the mines operated. Explored with Mrs Bovine and a lot of frustration to find some of the mines!!! A 1976 shot of a train being marshalled at the mine A very rare underground pic, showing manpower to move the tubs! Preserved in the village is a loco and a selection of wagons on a bridge. Mrs Bovine shows the size of the wagons (note that her breed does not grow horns!) The steel frame reads "Appleby Frodingham England" Loading hoppers at the end of the line Still a bit of track left! Mine entrance complete with model church for the miners to pray for a safe shift. The sign says that is forbidden to enter the mine. Inside the adit, all the packing timbers are rotten and causing minor collapses, the floor is about a foot of ochre under the water! Death on a stick? That the mine entrance was banked up, causing it to half fill with water hasn't helped! Another mine, another adit! Just big enough for tubs And collapsing due to ground movement. Well worn rail as an anchor post Another one! The concrete is to protect from rocks breaking off the hillside above! Separate tracks for fulls and empties. A bit unsafe?????? This shows the steepness of the adit incline (whilst Mrs checks the travel insurance policy) Thanks for looking. Postscript - Who cleans up the mess? Ironstone (not wanted), various copper ore traces and the leachate is a form of ochre!
  2. The Sand Sidings

    Great pics there of a once busy place. Funny how these railway groups aquire/get given more stuff than they can restore, creating a perfect derp!

    Great report and pics, sad to see the deterioration since I visited some years ago (with the keys!)
  4. Dr Roberts, I presume?

    Primitive but effective way of taking pics in them days. Thanks for posting an interesting report.
  5. Gassy

    This secluded 35 hectare site is at the bottom of the River Alyn valley in North Wales. In 1939 the land was purchased by the Ministry of Supply and developed as a purpose built chemical weapons factory and storage facility. Over 100 specialised buildings were constructed across the site, linked by an extensive rail network established around a spur off the Chester to Denbigh mainline. Other major landscaping undertaken at this time included the canalisation and culverting of the River Alyn, and the excavation of a complex of interlinked subterranean, rock-cut tunnels and caverns. During World War II the plant produced ordnance containing mustard gas, and was associated with the development of the Atom Bomb. In the immediate Post-War period the site was used to store German nerve gas, and it was not until the 1950s when Britain relinquished its chemical weapons (CW) capability that the site as a chemical storage facility was defunct. However, the site remains on the international Chemical Weapons List, and is still monitored as such. From the mid-1960s the site was used by various governmental departments, its major function being a buffer storage depot to supply emergency rations and foodstuffs, and associated facilities such as mobile bakeries and canteens. In 1994 the site was closed, and a programme of demolition was undertaken. This involved the dropping of buildings onto their footprints, and the rubble being mounded over with topsoil. Several major structures, and many ancillary buildings, still survive across the site. It is now developed as a nature reserve, but still restricted access. All sorts of empty structures Remains of incoming 3 phase electric supply Relic of some safety equipment? Toxic burial pit, not eating that fruit! To store the shells, local miners dug vast underground caverns with well sealed entrances! The other side of the door! a grid of passages The grids led to sumps, from where the water was pumped into the river below. A sump, less gratings, plus fencing by DEFRA A spring was hit in digging one passage, the water is just visible above the tank Buildings and mounded rubble all over the site Buildings stripped bare A relic of the past The rail platform for loading shells, several sections of track remain in places, embedded in concrete The platform and paths were asphalted, to reduce the chances of something going off if dropped! Nature is reclaiming its own! Thanks for looking.
  6. Milkbank House - abandoned mansion in Scotland

    This is derp quality, mate, superb pics to do it justice

    Good report of the death throes of it. Finally now being demolished and put out of its misery!
  8. Piano theatre, London November 2017

    What a great find and report. The tiling would not be out of place in a swimming baths!
  9. The Incinerator

    Good pics and unusual report, thanks for sharing
  10. A hill with a mill. december 2015

    Just what I was going to say
  11. In the valley

    Nature reclaims mans work! Thanks for sharing off the tour bus circuit!
  12. T'other side of the Ridge

    Retards, I suppose that they get a kick out of mindless trashing a place! Your pics are good, though.
  13. Cigar Factory, Belgium - April 2017

    What an interesting report. Proof that asking can work wonders (sometimes) Thanks for posting
  14. Campers no More

    Just a mini report, about a large holiday camp which closed in 1985. For the customers to cross the road and tram tracks to the camp, a tunnel was created. Forgotten by most, it was worth an explore through dense scrub and bushes, no evidence of any human doing similar. The camp was mostly demolished and the site is for sale with planning for a luxury house. Steps down from the camp entrance To the tunnel Tunnel mouth once had a door Still in good nick! Something not on the tour bus circuit at all!
  15. Yo ho ho and a bottle of rum! [pic heavy]

    A bit weird, but excellently captured, perhaps a sad story behind all this. Good report.