Geevor Tin Mine Gallery 2: The images on this page were taken soon after the mine closed. The site was a special place to be, the atmosphere and memories were everywhere. At every turn it felt like the place would come alive again at any moment.
More images around the Victory Shaft area also some of the buildings and remaining equipment.
To load an Eimco mucker into the cage, the front bucket also the operating handles had to be removed. The loading process was quite tricky. As when the weight of the first two wheels entered the cage the hoisting rope would stretch causing the cage drop a few inches. This got progessively worse as you got deeper as there was a longer length of rope to stretch.
Because the cage had dropped the cage man would give a 4 and 1 bell signal to the winder driver to raise the cage very slowly. Then where he required it a single bell signal would be given to stop. This process happened in reverse when unloading, except that the cage would rise. This also applied to the loading and unloading of the loco’s.
The two chimneys were of a coal fired boiler large also smaller oil fired boiler. I believe that the small oil fired boiler came from a dry cleaning establishment at Redruth. The coal fired boiler was under fired by an automatic auger and traditionally burnt coal from Cadley Hill Colliery. Supplied to the mine by J.H.Bennetts coal merchants of Penzance. Just as a matter of interest, inside of the smaller door centre of picture. This was the “Cement House” where back during the 1960’s the Foracky (Irish) miners lived and slept on site.
When the mine was being asset stripped, only the crap gear came to surface. It is rumored that the good wagons, muckers and loco’s got lost trapped on 15 and 13 levels. There was also a “rescue” bid in the offing. The water level at this time was below 19 level. So had the bid been successful, no doubt these items may have been retrieved.
These were the work horse for the old mill at Geevor. These pumps had a rubber covered impeller, casing, spindle, top and bottom plate. They were extremely reliable, also we could predict with a good degree of accuracy when they needed a rebuild by the tonnage processed in the mill.
The remaining images on this page are of a Biglow Jaw Crusher. This used to be mounted at the rear of the mill buildings where the overhead conveyor terminated.
This was originally sited below the course rock bin as the primary jaw crusher. This crusher had plain white metaled bearings. But when moved to the location in this picture was modified to shell bearings by Clifford Trezise. There was a “Geevor” modification in the form of a safety toggle. This would collapse in the event of, for example a sledge hammer head getting between the crushing jaws.
Biglow jaw crusher with the remains of a GTU, Gravity Take Up Unit. This kept the conveyor belt that ran from the crusher tensioned. Just as a matter of interest, the conveyor belt got sold for cash by the scrap man. In his haste to remove the belt and pocket the cash he cut the belt. But one of his men was starting to cut up the structure of the GTU and very nearly got squashed by the falling weight when the tension of the conveyor belt was removed.