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Archive Issue 94

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Archive Issue 94


64 pages. 275x215mm. .

ISSN 1352-7991 94

£6.75

Contents: The Safe Use of Explosives in Coal Mines, 1931 by Steve Grudgings, p3; Reuben Chappell – Goole Marine Artist by Mike Fell OBE, p11; Horse Haulage in the South Wales Coalfield. Part 3 by Paul Jackson, p17; In the Showroom : Argyll, the Alexander Govan Years by Malcolm Bobbitt, p29; Inbye, p37; Buxton Limeworks Railways, by Andrew Neale, p39; Waterways of the Shropshire Union Railways & Canal Co. Part 3 by Euan Corrie, p43; Garston Docks: August 1980, by Robert Humm, p51; Garston Extra, p61; Inbye continued, p64

Archive Issue 94 - Sample Images

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From: The Safe Use of Explosives in Coal Mines, 1931Once the drillers work is done, the shotfirer is required to test for gas within twenty yards of the face and then inspects the hole to ensure there are no breaks and it is of the correct length – it won’t be used if these requirements are not met and an additional hole and charge will be needed. The man pictured is using a copper scraper with a flattened end to help clear the hole of dust etc. Note that the undercut face has been spragged with wooden blocks to stop it dropping prematurely and the shotfirer is kneeling on one of these blocks, presumably to protect his knees – ‘beat/housemaids knee’ being an unpleasant occupational hazard for low seam miners. The shotfirers safety lamp appears to be an aluminium Hailwood & Ackroyd 01B (shotfirers lamps cannot contain iron so are made of brass or aluminium) note also his wooden soled clogs.
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From: Waterways of the Shropshire Union Railways & Canal Co. Part 3 A horse boat is checked into the Town Lock at Newport. The horse has come to a stop at the lock and is able to enjoy a feed from its nose tin. The boatman who would have been driving the horse from Lock 19 in the background is using a heavy strap round the offside stump to take the way off the boat as it approaches the bottom gates of the lock whilst his wife, in typically immaculate white apron, closes the top gate. Houses have been built close up the Strine Brook beyond the lock in the last few years but the canal’s course and the bridge on which the camera was placed remain awaiting restoration for pleasure craft.