South Crofty Mine Underground 2: One of my great regrets was not taking enough photographs on my many underground visits. On the average trip I would perhaps take 2 or 3 films. Out of these I would be lucky to get 5 or 6 printable images due to the nature of the photography and the harsh conditions. Also, changing a film in the camera was so very difficult. Keeping the mud and grit out of the cameras was almost impossible.
If I had known how little time the mine had left, I would have done ten times that amount.
This is the second page of “Places and Things” around the mine.
South Crofty Mine Underground 2.1 – Nick Le Boutillier walking down a heavily braced drive. This went through a huge fault in the mine known as the Great Crosscourse. This was a very unstable area so the drive was lined with rings and reinforcement.
South Crofty Mine Underground 2.2 – Nick Le Boutillier approaching a ventilation door. These were in place to help control the air flow around the workings, they had to be kept closed so the air would circulate. Without careful planning and monitoring there would have been a build up of Radon and fumes from the blasting.
South Crofty Mine Underground 2.3 – A disused workshop at one of the shaft stations. Like a lot of places it looks a bit thrown together due to lack of money.
South Crofty Mine Underground 2.4 – An abandoned workshop and fitters bay on the 380 Fathom Level Robinson’s Section. This was the bottom level of Robinson’s Shaft, this would have been abandoned when the shaft was finally closed.
South Crofty Mine Underground 2.5 – Heading back to the shaft station down a lit passage. Only drives leading to shaft stations were usually lit, in other areas the only light came from the cap lamps. Once again Nick Le Boutillier leads the way.
South Crofty Mine Underground 2.6 – It has been mentioned by Nick that he would have liked some more pictures of his front. Sadly because time was always short, he moved so quick and I had to try to keep up with him.
South Crofty Mine Underground 2.7 – A wagon abandoned on the points in a disused section of the mine.
South Crofty Mine 2.8 – The shapes and textures show up well in black and white, more abandoned wagons.
South Crofty Mine 2.9 – Dumped wagons seemed to be everywhere. All these were good photo opportunities, this is a 2 1/2 ton Granby.
South Crofty Mine 2.10 – Abandoned 2 ton Hudson Wagons in a side passage in an abandoned section of the mine.
South Crofty Mine 2.11 – An old tipper wagons tucked away in a side passage.
South Crofty Mine 2.12 – So many of these wagon were scattered around the workings.
South Crofty Mine 2.13 – A mangled tipper wagon lies in water. It has a large hole ripped in one side, I can’t help but wonder what happened to it.
South Crofty Mine 2.14 – The end of a drive. This led to a sublevel, hence the ladder at the end.
South Crofty Mine 2.15 – A loco charging bay, the stands for the batteries are lined up against the far wall.
South Crofty Mine 2.19 – A pair of Clayton Underground Locomotives hooked up in one of the many charging bays in the mine.
South Crofty Mine 2.17 – A Rocker Shovel in a draw point along a Lode Drive.
South Crofty Mine 2.18 – A trackless Rocker Shovel in a working sub-level. I would have loved to have a go at driving one of these, sadly I never had the chance to do so.
South Crofty Mine 2.19 – A Rocker Shovel in one of the working sub levels of the mine. I always wondered how they managed to get them down the ladders, much have been an interesting Jigsaw puzzle.
South Crofty Mine 2.20 – One of the fitter bays underground at the mine. All the machinery was maintained by the mine in an effort to save money
South Crofty Mine 2.21 – The final image on this page, is of a LM56 Rocker Shovel in one of the maintenance areas of the mine. This was known fondly as an “Over the Shoulder Boulder Thrower”. This was the workhorse of the mine.
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