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Report - Anthracite Mine, Alston - July 2009

parkus.

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Opening in 1936 and closing in 2000 (when it's been said the mine had a further 25-30 year more of life), worked the Little Limestone seam mainly putting out semi-Anthracite.

The mine originally used wooden tubs on a 1ft 8in gauge tramway until being replaced in 1977 by sixty steel tubs, which had to be re-gauged. The tubs were hauled by a double-drum main-and-tail electric engine, capable of moving eight 400kg tubs at 5mph. Tubs were then tipped into a large hopper and on into a lorry waiting below.

The site is currently mothballed, and seemingly used as a scrap yard. However bags of coal are lying at the base of the hopper so who knows what it's status is :confused:

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Tipper and conveyor belt from tipper No. 2

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Looking towards the drift

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Tipper No. 2, operated by the running gear from a transit van :p

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Thanks :thumb
 

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