- Lee Quarry
Out of all the possible ways of getting stone to where we needed it helicopter was the best option cost and environmental impact wise. Drops the stone pretty much exactly where you want it and a very fast turnaround time and no mess to clear up afterwards.
Route should be finished by the end of the month think 2km pump line on the way down its going to be lots of fun!Posted 9 years ago
ace…so where this Rooley mooor rd splits : (one going rochdale ,one going cragg quarry… is there a sign post at this point (hopefully for us to head to cragg quarry (lol) i wouldnt want to head to boring Rochdale now wud i ! heeheee.Posted 9 years ago
cant wait head on over to cragg…AlexSimonSubscriber
Wow – when I saw the helicopter the other weekend, I thought it might be laying stones for the link, but I assumed it would just be for a day!
Having spent some money on being rescued by helicopter in the Alps, I can only assume that helicopters are cheaper in calderdale.
Looking forward to riding it.
Surely doing Crag first then dropping down to Lee is the way to do it.Posted 9 years ago
That way, you can do the road link in the downhill direction too.
the helicopter will likely cost about £1200 an hour, is capable of lifting a tonne of rock at a time and probably has a turnaround time of about 8 minutes depending on where its getting stone to and from
So assuming 5 hours of flying time a day (to allow for refueling, weather delays etc) it will shift 37-38tonnes of stone a day at a cost of around £160 a tonne, or £6k per day
Not cheap this trail building lark is it!!Posted 9 years agoAnditukMember
Just to clear this up they are helicoptering stone in to an old stone quarry?
Its being helicoptered onto the moors where the path is. Not sure where its coming from, but the journey time isn’t long for the helicopter, so I’m guessing the working quarry thats nearby?
If I remember rightly though, lots of the surfacing at Lee Quarry was brought in from else where, as the cost of the machines needed to turn the rock already up there into the right grade for use on the trails was too high.Posted 9 years agostumpyjonSubscriber
As I said earlier the company building the trail put the costs into their tender submission and were still deemed to be the best overall submission. It’s pretty difficult to get vehicles of any description to where they’re working without either building an access road (which they did for the wind turbines) or using tracked dumpers, both of which will massively impinge on the relatively natural nature of the area (given that’s effectively all an ex industrial landscape).
As for the stone, there’s probably no extraction licence valid for taking stone out of Lee quarry, plus it’ll not be ideal for trail building, crushed limestone makes a good surface for trails, crushed grtistone tends to be too sandy and washes away (certainly did at Gisburn). Finally there’s still no direct access from the quarry to the trail (except the trail itself) and it’d be a bit difficult extracting stone with mountain bikers all over the pace.Posted 9 years agokingkongsfingerMember
From my previous thread about rucksacks http://www.singletrackworld.com/forum/topic/what-is-it-with-these-massive-rucksackcamelbak-things , you could get a few volenteers to take some stone up in their 65 litre rucksacks that they use for popping to the shops with. 😛Posted 9 years ago
Stone is coming from Britania quarry which is only about 1km away over the moor no roads, houses, pylons etc to cross or avoid. Turn around time for the copter is very quick and the hoppers can take up to 2 tonnes. Heli flies low on fuel to keep weight down. Not a cheap way of doing things but strange as it seems cheaper than anyother way given the constraints we have to work within. Helicoptor should finish by this weekend. The back again for a day or two once the surface has been shaped etc to fill in any low spots. Also planning on getting a few other muddy patches in the area filled in with stone while it is there.Posted 9 years agoU31
Also planning on getting a few other muddy patches in the area filled in with stone while it is there.
The muddy climb past the rocky bit, leading up to the rim of the quarry?Posted 9 years ago
That would be SURF MATT! Oops, sorry.. AWESOME!
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