Wheal Jane Mine Gallery 2: This is the second page which looks at the surface remains of the mine.
The majority of these were taken on my second visit during 1998 when I had the chance to walk around and really explore. Once again thanks to Paul Chesterfield for his help on the images.
The piles in the foreground are mined ore from South Crofty Mine. Brought here by heavy lorry for processing. This was one of the last deliveries from South Crofty prior to its sad closure.
The conveyor to the mill ran under the the gravel pile. Its feed controlled continuously by a hydraulic “hopper” ensuring constant feed to the mill into the ball mills. It was also controllable from the mill to keep the flow of gravel from the crushers at the required rate.
A note from Paul Chesterfield.
So the image showing the conveyor minus cladding is quite stark. When I worked at the mine between 1980 and 1987, the cladding was always complete. But it used to rattle in strong winds. We had to walk to the top of the conveyor to check the bearings and motors plus the emergency stop system which was a pull wire running the length or the conveyor.
But I wouldn’t have wanted to walk to the top with no cladding. Because it wouldn’t have been safe to do so.
This image shows the rear of the workshops. Also in the middle between the workshops and the headframes the stores block and associated offices for the clerical staff. The stores, where incidentally my late father worked (twice for Consolidated Gold Fields and Carnon Consolidated or RTZ) housed spares for almost everything in the mine.
Ranging from small circuit boards for the instrumentation systems in the mill, up to lengths of track for the locomotives to run on.