Saturday, 30 March 2013

Ystrad Einion Underground

Some photographs from our recent return visit to the Ystrad Einion mine, surely one of the seven mining wonders of the world. It's also one of the more dangerous mines, with false floors and saggy planks over flooded shafts, not to mention hundreds of tons of deads waiting to fall upon your head! The wheel is in amazing condition considering it's age and the fact that it is continually sprayed with water...or perhaps that's the secret. Some of the roof support timbers, however, were like sponges.

As usual, Petra's photos were better than mine, in fact hers are amazing. They can be seen at EyeSpy, where she's also uploaded a video.

At any rate, here are my photos:
First sight of the wheel as you enter the small chamber from the adit.

Spongy timbers holding the roof up...




6 comments:

workbike said...

Could you post a version without music? I can't watch it in Germany because the licencing authority has blocked it...

Iain Robinson said...

Sorry, Andy! Petra is putting the photos on EyeSpy just now, so they should be available by the time you see this at:
http://petrabrown.weebly.com/

workbike said...

Those are some amazing images. The wheel is incredible but that last image with the rock dissapearing under the water speaks volumes about how dangerous the place is. Thanks for the post. I'll have a look at Petra's EyeSpy account as well.
BTW What is a 'false floor' in this context?
Thanks for changing the post. The video should be no problem for the UK: the German licensing authority is known for being a pain.

Iain Robinson said...

Thanks, Andy- glad you liked the post. The false floors are like bridges over areas that have been mined out and which delve down probably 150 feet, all flooded. Originally these would be used for transport or as platforms to work on. Now they are becoming a little fragile. Sometimes it's hard to tell that you are on a false floor, so you have to be very wary!

geotopoi said...

Nice report, Iain. Looks like there are some wonderful relics there!

Also enjoyed Petra's photos and haunting video :-)

Iain Robinson said...

Thanks, Graham...glad you enjoyed the post. I didn't even know Petra was making the video and I was sploshing about like a water buffalo...so perhaps I am some of the "atmosphere" !!

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