Is that coal?
Taken from Springs Branch, unfortunately this coal isn't local. It is from Argentina, China or some other country and we're walking on tons of the stuff!
Comment by John on 20th July 2010 at 11:02
I agree Brian, we still have plenty coal at our pits, some where just capped, remember that silly woman Thatcher in the 80s. What I would like to know, do we reopen the pits when oil and gas runs out???
As for the train we should still see that at Springs Branch today.
Many thanks Brian.
Comment by maggie on 20th July 2010 at 13:37
This is something I feel so very strongly about. There must be millions of tons of the stuff under this country. Surely with all the scientific knowledge about, ways could be found of mining it & using it safely? They prefer to say we are bamkrupt than do anything about it.
Comment by John on 20th July 2010 at 15:37
Does anyone know what fuel is used today, to fire the power station at Fiddlers Ferry, in Widnes?
Comment by David on 20th July 2010 at 16:44
Theres a link here john Fiddlers Ferry coal fired.
its only coal dust they use it burns better thanks Brian.
Comment by Mike on 20th July 2010 at 17:35
Where's the coal dust from??
Comment by David on 20th July 2010 at 23:20
I think the coal is crushed to smaller pieces and dust as it burns better when blasted into the furnaces mike as you can see in the wagons I read it somewhere.
Comment by Neil on 21st July 2010 at 18:57
I wish the pits would open again i need a sleep
Comment by Tony on 21st July 2010 at 19:22
I think Fiddler Ferry uses coal.
Comment by Tony Haslam on 23rd July 2010 at 12:31
The coal is crushed to a very fine dust using huge roller ball bearings and blown into the furnace and ignited. There is coal still gettable for another 150 years that we know of in Lancashire. Parsonage Colliery in Leigh was closed in 1992 and there was enough gas down there to last for ever and ever to give power to the whole of Leigh. The same applies to Parkside Colliery in Newton-le Willows which could have powered Warrington for ever, but they just filled the shafts in and left it there. Using this gas could have saved millions of pounds.
Comment by michael/ex wiganner on 24th July 2010 at 04:39
COAL ITS ALL about who makes the money.Never noticed much money around in Wigan even when the coal mines were going full blast,my fatherinlaw worked in the mines and to be quite frank it was poverty street.he have been better of on the dole in assie/or canada
Comment by tom on 25th July 2010 at 07:33
Neil, Are you the one that sleeps on the job.
Comment by Ex Branch Driver on 25th July 2010 at 17:44
I believe the foreign coal is instead of money to pay off debts , what will happen when the debts are paid off or the coal runs out.
Comment by fivestarbry on 28th July 2010 at 18:59
fidlers ferry power ststion has 4 furnaces, 2 fired on coal dust, and 2 fired on gas.
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