South Crofty Mine Underground 17: This page contains general images of mining and drilling. I went to so many places and saw so much. I hope I have managed to preserve the history in my images.
The first set of images on this page are of Underground Miner Andrew Harvey using an LM56 Rocker Shovel. These were taken during the development of the 445 fathom loco battery charging bay. The dimensions of the chamber were impressive.
South Crofty Mine Underground 17.1 – The first image on this page is of South Crofty miner Andrew Harvey using a Rocker Shovel, taken on the 445 Fathom level.
South Crofty Mine Underground 17.2 – A closer image showing the way the shovel filled the wagons behind.
South Crofty Mine Underground 17.3 – Due to weaknesses in the roof it had been securely bolted.
South Crofty Mine Underground 17.4 – The Rocker Shovel attacking the pile of rubble. The swivel shovel can be seen clearly.
South Crofty Mine Underground 17.5 – An impressive image showing the size of the chamber that was being mined out.
The rest of this page covers my last visit to the working mine, taken early in 1998. This was a time when virtually all the staff were underground removing all the high quality ore that could be reached. It was a traditional thing before a mine closed known as “picking the eyes out the mine”.
South Crofty Mine Underground 17.6 – This image is of Underground Miner Mickey Roberts using an SIG rockdrill.
South Crofty Mine Underground 17.7 – Miner Mickey Roberts. The extendable telescopic leg can be clearly seen holding the drill in position. Without this it would have been impossible to use the drill.
South Crofty Mine 17.8 – Miner Mickey Roberts. This is a good little set of images, my favorites on this page.
South Crofty Mine 17.9 – Another image of Miner Mickey Roberts, the exhaust from the drill can be seen clearly.
South Crofty Mine 17.10 – It was very hot in this stope, sweat was pouring off me.
South Crofty Mine 17.11 – My favorite image on this page, another one of Miner Mickey Roberts. This is the best image of all of them, the exhaust from the drill can be seen along with the effort to hold it steady even with the aid of the telescopic leg.
South Crofty Mine 17.12 – Using a hose to wash down the rocks from a recent blast. Nigel ‘Nobby’ Clark, Mine engineer and planner.
South Crofty Mine 17.13 – A second image Nigel Clark, this was close to when the mine was closing. At this time the best pockets of ore were being removed and much of the staff were working underground.
South Crofty Mine 17.14 – Gary Kaczmarek barring down loose rock from the roof.
South Crofty Mine 17.15 – Miner Mike Tregonning using a sledgehammer to breakup some large rocks, behind him a trackless rocker shovel.
South Crofty Mine 7.16 – A second image of Mike Tregonning with Gary Kaczmarek standing behind.
South Crofty Mine 17.17 – Another image of the group. This time with David Jewell on the right of the frame.
South Crofty Mine 17.18 – This was a good set of images to print with plenty going on and several different miners.
South Crofty Mine 17.19 – The final image of this set. South Crofty Miners Mike Tregonning and David Jewell examining a chunk of broken rock from a blast, in the background is Nobby Clark. Thanks to Martin Wolstenholme an ex-South Crofty miner who emailed me, for the names on this and other images.
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