South Crofty Mine Robinson’s Engine House 1, this is the first of the three new galleries looking at Robinson’s Engine. This page covers the ground floor of the Engine House. It was actually quite spooky in there on my own, many ghost memories of miners of the past.
On walking through the front door of South Crofty Mine Robinson’s Engine House the huge 80″ cylinder is directly in front of you. In the ceiling is a large diameter steam pipe which brought steam from the boiler house.
The base of the cylinder is surrounded by decorative cast iron plates, the cylinder is lagged with white asbestos putty.
The plates are interlocking with a interlaced gothic arch moulding.
A close up of one of the ornate cylinder bolts.
At the rear of the cylinder is the drivers position.
All the controls are functional, but they had been made with an ornate beauty.
The engine controls had been cleaned of the grease that protected them, plastic covers the parts that still required cleaning.
Alongside the rear “Plug Door” is the driver’s signal bell.
On the wall beside the doorway is a vacuum guage, sadly the mercury tube and the guage itself has been the victim of some harsh treatment.
A second image of the vacuum guage, in the background is the engine steam pressure guage.
This is the doorway that leads to the boiler house.
Alongside the door is the steam pressure gauge with the feed pipe from the boiler house. It’s unfortunate that this was smashed by vandals when the engine house was broken into when the site was abandoned, luckily I have an image of when it was intact.
A closeup image of the Steam Pressure Gauge.
This is the worn stairway that leads to the middle chamber of the engine house, it’s difficult not to imaging the engine driver of old, walking up and down these stairs.
South Crofty Mine Robinson’s Engine House 2016 Gallery 2