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Dave was raised in nearby Ravenfield where his family still live. His great grandfather William H. Rowbotham was a miner born and bred in nearby Swinton South Yorkshire.
Dave became an
underground Loco Driver at Silverwood. To enable him to become a driver he
undertook The Loco training course, where he firstly had to qualify as
a loco guard before continuing in the course to achieve the role of
an actual driver. The next part of the training involved Dave having to go
away and attend a training centre which consisted of a 10 day course
at Lound Hall in Nottingham it was followed by a test. Dave received
the certificate shown below left on the 28/05 /1982
At Silverwood there were several types of engine including the Hunslet mk2 100hpr single ended locos No 5317 and No 5315 one of which is pictured above in the 1970's pulling a mail car. There were also Hunslet rack locos. I n Dave's opinion the MK2 's were the best. Then lastly the Clayton Poneys which were Battery locos which Dave claims "They took the fun out of driving. The MK2 s and the rack locos were taken out of service about 5 years before the pit closed and were replaced by the poneys, and if Dave is correct they are all probably still parked up in the diesel garage in the pit bottom?
However there was an oversight in removing the MK2's as the mine discovered when they had to re build 5317 very quickly not long after, as the Braithwell loco train broke down when the drift belt broke. The power of the old MK2 was needed due to the fact it was the only thing powerful enough to pull the belting back up the drift. After that they kept it in service just for that particular job. "
THE MYSTERIOUS BLACK HOLE !
During his working life at Silverwood Dave was to be involved in a very curious incident down the mine during the late 1980's, an incident that created a mystery which has never been explained to this day. Here is Dave's recollection of that day.
The incident at Silverwood when the bucket track entered the roof of an old gate mentioned by Bruce Wilson in his Tales of the Mine. I was on afternoons that day driving the Braithwell 3 loco when I took the day shift off , it had already happened but we got a message to get the mail on and wait for the manager and not to move it till he got there.
The men had to walk in
about a mile so we obviously got some abuse from them. When the
manager got there with his entourage safety deputy, pit Overman and deputy
manager we took them in and he told us not to move till they came back,
with them they had a briefcase which was strange in its self. They all
vanished down the hole and were gone for about 3 to 4 hours, when they re-
appeared the briefcase was heavy we had to take them all the way to the pit
bottom where we got orders to wait for a load of concrete to fill the hole.
Today [ 2006 ] Dave can be found working at Corus as a forklift driver, the biggest forklift he drives is a SMV 54 toner. He is still in contact with his old mate Bruce Wilson from Silverwood and they often reminisce about their days at the mine over a couple of pints at the pub.
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