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Re: A Lifetime's Journey ~ Old Man of the Tyne...
Allan fairly common means of ventilating pits when they went from "Bell Pits" to shaft and in-bye workig of coal seams in the early days of coal mining. Wearmouth Colliery Sunderland had a three in one shaft. The 'A' pit with the two outer shafts being "up" with fire furnaces at the bottom and 'down' cast air going into the pit. Middle Man-riding and coal drawing.
This system was later contverted in modernisation to an Sirrocco Axial flow fan drift... and didn't it blow in the actuall fan ducting... I know because I had to take anaemometer readings in it leaning side ways against the flow. This sucked air out from coal faces a distance of 5 miles away, 3 of those miles were under the Norht sea atb that time of working. Barry's story brings back some memories of my days on the Saftey Staff and my mining studies
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