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P&H 1900AL shovels?


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P&H 1900AL shovels?

Post #1 by Mark Williams » Sun Apr 17, 2016 11:36 am

Hello Everyone,
There were 5 of the above shovels commissioned to BCO (British Coal Opencast) in the mid 70s. The first 1 was owned by Wimpey & put to work @ its Maesgwyn Cap opencast coal site,near Glyneath. There was 1 owned & put to work @ Taylor Woodrows Trecatty site,Merthyr Tydfil & another 1 was owned by Fairclough,Parkinson Mining & put to work @ its Blindwells site in Tranent in Scotland.
The other 2 were BCO owned & were painted in BCOs light blue & white colour scheme.1 of these shovels went to the newly awarded F Shephard'Hill & Companies Glyn Glas coal site,near Llanebie in West Wales.
Does anyone know where the other 1 was first commissioned.I know that after the Glyn Glas contract was completed,the shovel was moved to the Wimpey Mining Ffos Las coal site,where it was put to work with the other BCO owned P&H 1900AL.Ffos Las started its contract in 1983,so I think the shovel in question worked on another contract before this site started?
I remember both these BCO P&H 1900AL shovels retired & parked next to one & other.They had previously been over-haul by the Wimpey maintenance crew @ Ffos Las.
The Wimpey owned P&H 1900AL shovel was relocated to their Gilfach Iago site in Llanebie,after the Maesgwyn Cap site was completed & retired there.
The Fairclough Parkinson Mining P&H 1900AL shovel was relocated from their Blindwells site to their Nant Helen site near Abercrave,Wales,& was a stand by machine,very rarely used.
The Taylor Woodrow P&H 1900AL shovel was relocated to their Chesterhouse coal site Northumberland & under went a complete refurbishment,with a longer boom,bigger & bail less bucket & a new paint colour. After Chesterhouse was completed,it was relocated to the new Taylor Woodrow Nadins & Highcross coal site,Swadlincote Derby.After the completed contract,it was cut up for scrap with a RB 195B shovel.
The Taylor Woodrow P&H 1900AL,was the only shovel,not to end its working life back down in the Land of my Fathers,South Wales.
I hope someone can put an answer to my question,
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Mark Williams.

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Re: P&H 1900AL shovels?

Post #2 by Ian Fletcher1970 » Sun Apr 17, 2016 10:18 pm

Hi Mark,
Here's the 1900Al & RB 195 at Nadins site in 1998
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Post #3 by Dah » Mon Apr 18, 2016 5:19 pm

Was the 1900 stuck in that position or had it just started up again? Just looking at the surface rust on the crawlers and bucket.

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Post #4 by Ian Fletcher1970 » Mon Apr 18, 2016 9:30 pm

Dave,
Think it had been broken down


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Re: P&H 1900AL shovels?

Post #5 by Mark Williams » Sat Apr 23, 2016 6:29 pm

Hello Everyone,
Here are some P&H1900AL shovels I found on the net.I hope the owners don't mind me showing them.
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Re: P&H 1900AL shovels?

Post #6 by chris73 » Sat Apr 23, 2016 10:34 pm

The bottom pic is mine, I'll see if I can dig out some more.


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Re: P&H 1900AL shovels?

Post #7 by Mark Williams » Sun Apr 24, 2016 5:38 am

Hello Chris,
I know the photo was yours,I hope you didn't mind me posting it.
The picture above it is the same shovel working @ the FPM Blindwells site @ Tranent in Scotland,where I think it first worked around the 1978 time onwards.
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Post #8 by chris73 » Sun Apr 24, 2016 10:30 am

No problem at all :thumbup: . I seem to have misplaced a pile of my old photos but I shall continue the hunt!


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