South Crofty Robinsons Engine House 3

South Crofty Mine Robinsons Engine House 3: This final page in this series contains images all taken on the upper floor of the engine house, or to give it the correct name “The Bob Loft”.

Robinsons Engine House 3

South Crofty Mine Robinsons Engine House 3.1 – Taken with a wide angle lens this shows the Bob loft, the beam is in the centre of the image, the stairs leading down to the middle chamber are on the right.

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South Crofty Mine Robinsons Engine House 3.2 – The great beam of the engine, this alone weighs 38 tons.

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South Crofty Mine Robinsons Engine House 3.3 – The door in the weatherboarding leads out onto the Bob platform.

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South Crofty Mine Robinsons Engine House 3.4 – This is why Engine Houses were built to last, the whole weight of the beam is concentrated on this balance point, directly onto the stonework of the Bob wall.

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South Crofty Mine Robinsons Engine House 3.5 – The balance point of the beam, it is an amazing example of Cornish engineering.

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South Crofty Mine Robinsons Engine House 3.6 – The balance point looking inwards at the “Indoor” end of the beam.

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South Crofty Mine Robinsons Engine House 3.7 – A detailed image of the balance point arrangement, the whole weight of the beam is concentrated here.

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South Crofty Mine Robinsons Engine House 3.8 – The ornate balance point, this is where the beam pivoted, the reservoir in the front would have been filled with oil.

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South Crofty Mine Robinsons Engine House 3.9 – Looking up above the beam into the roof area.

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South Crofty Mine Robinson’s Engine House 3.10 – When I last saw this the beam was covered in a thick coating of grease to protect it, all this has been cleaned off.

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South Crofty Mine Robinson’s Engine House 3.11 – A detailed image of the indoor end of the beam.

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South Crofty Mine Robinson’s Engine House 3.12 – Looking down towards the top of the piston which is attached to the beam.

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South Crofty Mine Robinsons Engine House 3.13 – This is the indoor end of the beam, some of the weight is supported by the timber frame resting on iron uprights in the floor.

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South Crofty Mine Robinsons Engine House 3.14 – The external housing of a large hand winch attached to the floor.

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South Crofty Mine Robinsons Engine House 3.15 – It still has the original chains, this would have been used for maintenance on the beam and engine.

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South Crofty Mine Robinson’s Engine House 3.16 – This image is taken looking through the beam to the floor below.

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South Crofty Mine Robinson’s Engine House 3.17 – Outside Robinson’s Engine house, this was taken on the bob platform. The outside of the beam is pointing towards the headframe over New Cook’s Kitchen Shaft of South Crofty Mine.

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South Crofty Mine Robinson’s Engine House 3.18 – The makers name in raised lettering on Robinson’s Engine beam, “SANDYS VIVIAN & CO, HAYLE 1854”.

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South Crofty Mine Robinson’s Engine House 3.19 – Looking up at the sheave wheels on top of the 77ft high steel headframe over the shaft.

Many thanks go to Lizi O’Hara for arranging this for me.

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