South Crofty Mine 2011, whilst on a trip to Cornwall in September I was again allowed access to the mine workings.
My thanks go to Allan Reynolds and the mine management for giving me the opportunity to get underground again. Also to Chris who took time out of his day to show us around.
The mine is still in a stage of preparation for the re-commencement of production. Also the upper levels have been increased in size to accommodate the large vehicles in use. Diamond drilling is a 24 hour operation as efforts are made to find new ore reserves.
I took two cameras underground, the one I used the most had a fault and I was rewarded with two blank films. Also the flash guns I was using were unreliable with low light output. It was my fault entirely because I had not taken any underground pictures for quite a few years. However the equipment has now been replaced ready for the next time.
In the images below I have tried to show the size of the passages and the scoop tram in use.