South Crofty Mine Inside 2016.2, this page of internal images was taken inside the South Winder Shed. I required special permission to gain access here, also personal safety equipment and face mask.
Sadly over the years the building had deteriorated due to the weather, along with large quantities of pigeon bodies and waste on the inside.
Colin Coombes was an Underground Electrician at South Crofty Mine, he carried electrical maintenance on both winders in 1988-1990. He has written a short account for this page.
Maintenance was carried out on the winders on Saturdays. First job was to check the signalling system down the shafts on each working level up to surface, for correct operation. The 3.3kV supply was then isolated to the winder and locked off with special safety locks to ensure it was safe to start work on.
Contacts where required were cleaned on the switchgear. The oil and electrolyte levels checked and topped up if required and connections checked for tightness.
On completion of the maintenance, supply was restored and winder run through operation of all safety circuits, overspeed for man riding and ore carrying. Other safety trips tested, once all were confirmed to be within required limits the winder was restored to normal operation.
The next set of images are of the Winder Drivers Cabin. Often associated with the most important job on the mine. Because, without his skill and concentration the miners would never have got underground or return to the surface safely.
The following set of images were taken in the drivers cabin.
The rest of the images on this page are of the other remaining features in the Winder House I saw during my visit. Banks of switches, control boxes and electric motors littered the floor.