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British Opencast Coal: A Photographic History 1942-1985 - Keith Haddock

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A recorded history of the men and machines involved in muckshifting and opencast coal, Review by Hugh Murphy son of Paddy Murphy - Murphy Brothers
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The story on Newman Spinney and the terrific pictures made me proud of the Murphy Brothers, but especially my Father, Paddy, who was so involved in that project, and had such a fruitful and heart-warming relationship with Ned, who was the best man ever to put men and machines to work in a coalfield.

It is really great, and take it from me that I really appreciate the recorded history of the men and machines involved in muckshifting and opencast coal, which you reflect so accurately. People whose opinions I value have said how wonderful it was to see the Murphy Brothers involved in something so big, and without you nobody could have imagined the scale of the enterprises that they undertook without consultants, or accountants, but their own judgement on recovery of the coal and the tonnage for viability. Forty sixpences in a pound was a serious expression I often heard them use when working out the costs. My thanks and congratulations for that. (Posted on 21/06/2016)
A superb look at the UK's opencast mining operations Review by Trucking Magazine April 2016
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A superb look at the UK's opencast mining operations over a 43-year period. It charts a comprehensive journey through Britain's coal mining heritage with over 360 photos of machines at work. (Posted on 22/04/2016)
An essential addition to bookshelf or library Review by Classic Plant and Machinery
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This book presents a permanent historical resource for both enthusiast and researcher. Anyone interested in opencast coal or earthmoving in general, is sure to find this excellent book an essential addition to bookshelf or library. (Posted on 09/12/2015)
Important historical documentation Review by Coal International
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This important book is more than a collection of photographs and recollections, it is an important historical documentation of a significant period in Britain’s coal mining heritage. (Posted on 11/11/2015)

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