South Crofty Mine Surface 2016: Bright sun greeted a day wandering around the old mine site, with the addition of the road and the demolition of the processing mill, the site will never look the same. My thanks go to those who gave me permission to have a look around with Tracy.
I must remind anyone who looks at these images, that this is on private property and access is restricted.
South Crofty Mine Surface 2016.1 – The iconic headframe over New Cooks Kitchen shaft, the South Winder House was really starting to deteriorate.
South Crofty Mine Surface 2016.2 – The building in the centre of the image is the South Winder House, the weather has not been kind to it over the years.
South Crofty Mine Surface 2016.3 – Salvaged equipment still litters the site, this is my favorite image on this South Crofty Mine Surface page.
South Crofty Mine Surface 2016.4 – The South Winder shed from the other side, the newly renovated headframe is now securely fenced off.
South Crofty Mine Surface 2016.5 – The broken windows make a very interesting image.
South Crofty Mine Surface 2016.6 – Even after nearly 20 years of closure the site still has a fascination for me, it’s one of those places that keeps pulling me back.
South Crofty Mine Surface 2016.7 – A final image of the South Winder house.
South Crofty Mine Surface 2016.8 – The entrance to the boarded up Blacksmith’s Shop, sad to see a grade 2 listed building going downhill.
South Crofty Mine Surface 2016.9 – All sorts of bits and pieces were stacked up outside the building.
South Crofty Mine Surface 2016.10 – An air receiver and a pump outside the Blacksmith’s Shop.
South Crofty Mine Surface 2016.11 – Underground vehicles all parked up since 2013 when the exploration was suspended, the Blacksmith Shop is on the left, mine offices in the background. The scooptram on the left was affectionately known as “Zippy” by those who drove her.
South Crofty Mine Surface 2016.12 – Scooptrams which were used in the Tuckingmill decline.
South Crofty Mine Surface 2016.13 – It would be good to see these used again, “Zippy” is on the right, on the left is the mine’s first scooptram. The one in the centre was quite an unstable machine and not a good driver, the frame on the back was used to carry rods for the diamond drills.
South Crofty Mine Surface 2016.14 – A final image of “Zippyy” she was fast on the flat but slow on the hills. I saw this at work underground in 2013. My thanks to Graham Williams for some information on these vehicles.
South Crofty Mines Surface 2016.15 – An old sheave wheel in front of the replacement North Winder shed, the original shed was sold.
South Crofty Mines Surface 2016.16 – A power transformer for the site.
South Crofty Mines Surface 2016.17 – Old long shut doors make an interesting subject.
South Crofty Mines Surface 2016.18 – The ground behind the girders used to have one of the legs of the overhead conveyor that fed the huge ore bins when the mine was working.
South Crofty Mines Surface 2016.19 – This is the back door to the old miners dry, I walked through this a few times after being underground, the dry is now being used to store all the drill samples from the drilling program.
South Crofty Mines Surface 2016.20 – This final image on this page is of a device used to remove the wire rope from the drum of the winder at the Roskear Shaft when the winder was under maintenance.
South Crofty Mine Inside 2016