I come from a family background of Railways and Coal mining going back several generations, so not unsurprisingly I joined British Rail as a Technician Apprentice.
During my rail career I was fortunate enough to travel alot in the UK and whilst my primary interest was rail I always paid attention to the local industrial archeology even if I didn't photograph it.
Much later I found myself more enthralled by the history of Britains mines especially so given the wonderful memories of childhood holidays in Cornwall and walks over Colliery Sites. So about 1996 I set out in ernest to record as many mining sites (and associated industrial sites like ironworks) in the UK as I could ..... and a wonderful project it's been so far... long may it continue.
I currently work for a major UK Rail Engineering Company selling rolling stock parts with a back ground in Traction and Rolling Stock Engineering.
Hi my name is Ian Castledine (aka ICLOK on the web), I have always had an interest in all things Mining, Industrial and Railways and was taking railway photos by age 10 and soon doing underground exploring in my teens in the Peak District.