South Crofty Mine 2011

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.
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South Crofty Mine 2011.1: This first image shows a heavily reinforced area of passageway. It was so great to enter the workings again after so long.
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.
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South Crofty Mine 2011.2: The ducting on the roof takes the fresh air from the ventilation fans to the working faces.
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.
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South Crofty Mine 2011.3: The roof at this point is very unstable, hence the wire covering and the extensive arching.
In the images below I have tried to show the size of the passages and the scoop tram in use.
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South Crofty Mine 2011.4: Walking past one of the underground electricity sub-stations.
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Cornish Mine Images Underground 2011.5: This is the distribution area for the ventilation fans which keeps the air in the mine circulated.
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Cornish Mine Images Underground 2011.6: A really “BIG” passage with Dave holding a slave flash.
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Cornish Mine Images Underground 2011.7: The impressive Scoop Tram, backed into the diamond drilling bay.
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Cornish Mine Images Underground 2011.8: The Scoop Tram attacking the newly blasted rock.
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Cornish Mine Images Underground 2011.9: The Scoop Tram with a full load.
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Cornish Mine Images Underground 2011.10: This is a guy who so loves his work.
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Cornish Mine Images Underground 2011.11: This is the diamond drilling bay on the new decline.
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Cornish Mine Images Underground 2011.12: Finally a closer view of the Diamond Drilling Rig. Also a happy smiling drill operator.

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