South Crofty Mine Underground 15: This is the first page containing images of Rocker Shovels in use, underground locomotives and the transportation of the broken ore. The Rocker Shovels were powered by compressed air and were the work horses of the mine. The noise they made when cleaning out a draw point was quite extraordinary.
South Crofty Mine Underground 15.1 – The first image on this South Crofty page is of John Usoro chatting to two miners, the miner with his back to the camera is Lee Williams.
South Crofty Mine Underground 15.2 – A second image of John and Lee talking.
South Crofty Mine Underground 15.3 – This is a 2 1/2 ton Granby wagon being filled by a Trackless Rocker Shovel.
South Crofty Mine Underground 15.4 – The wagon continues to be filled.
South Crofty Mine Underground 15.5 – In this image the locomotive driver can be seen, as the wagon is filled he will move the loco so an empty wagon is in line with the draw hole.
South Crofty Mine 15.6 – A miner approaching a set of points while his mate waits in the locomotive.
South Crofty Mine 15.7 – Moving the points is proving to be a bit difficult.
South Crofty Mine 15.8 – This next set of images shows the progression of one task. From preparing the tools, loading the ore and transporting it to the ore pass where the wagons are emptied. Underground Miner Mike Tregonning (R) Pat Hudd (L) getting ready to start the job.
South Crofty Mine 15.9 – Mike testing the connection from the air supply to the Rocker Shovel.
South Crofty Mine 15.10 – Final tightening up and the tool is almost ready for use.
South Crofty Mine 15.11 – Pat Hudd using the Cavo Rocker Shovel to remove the ore from a recent blast. The 2″ air pipe powering the vehicle can clearly be seen.
South Crofty Mine 15.12 – Mike Tregonning on the loco seat watching the wagons being loaded with the broken ore. The noise the Rocker Shovel made was like a caged Tiger in a confined space, it really was something to experience.
South Crofty Mine 15.13 – A wider image of the same view, taken a few seconds after as the bucket is almost empty. John Usoro watching on the right of the image.
South Crofty Mine 15.14 – Pat Hudd and Mike Tregonning approaching the ore pass to dump the broken rock.
South Crofty Mine 15.15 – Mike Tregonning emptying the wagons at the ore pass.
South Crofty Mine 15.16 – Final wagon, then back to the draw point for more broken ore.
South Crofty Mine 15.17 – Two South Crofty Miners loading up wagons with ore using a Rocker Shovel.
South Crofty Mine 15.18 – Finally on this page, another closer image of the same miners.
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