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Old 08-31-2019, 08:08 AM   #1
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Coal Mine?

My next scenery project is a small coal mine. the picture shows the space I have available, I plan on using the two empty spurs for the cars to run on (but can change their direction easily and I think a left switch would be better). Anyway for a flat layout I figure a shaft mine is the best option. So I figure I need a elevator tower, machinery house, conveyer building to load the cars and ventilation house? Did these kinds of mines usually have a pile of rocks from digging the shaft? Have I left anything out? I bought the Model Railroader book on coal railroading but it's mostly about trains and not the mines themselves (but with many lovely pictures of mines in mountainous terrain). I want to build everything in HO out of wood kits, preferably pre-automobile era though scratchbuilding is an option too. Most everything I've seen so far is geared towards mines going into a hillside so would require considerable modification for me to use. Anyway, I'd appreciate advice about plans, kits or resources, or if I've left anything out I'd like to hear.
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Old 08-31-2019, 08:44 AM   #2
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could do strip mines. i dunno if they did that back in that time or not.
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Old 08-31-2019, 09:07 AM   #3
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no idea, mine is just the exit for the mica and waste from a horizontal hole in the hillside ... i focused very little on the actual workings of the mine, not enough room ..
the mine is just serviced by a double spur that has room for maybe three full, and three empty ...
my era is backwoods 1890...
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Old 08-31-2019, 12:33 PM   #4
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Collieries and Coal Breakers ... Anthracite
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Old 08-31-2019, 12:50 PM   #5
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Whether into a hillside or down a verticle shaft, there will be lots and lots of spoil piles.
Around here some of the spoil and culm piles are higher than the hills they dug into.

Here's a link that leads to lots of our local coal history.
Might help you.

https://www.google.com/search?q=plym...M-qKkgM:&vet=1
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Old 08-31-2019, 02:23 PM   #6
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Here are some actual photos of small Illinois
shaft mines of the early 20th century era (or earlier).

https://www.google.com/search?q=shaf...nt=firefox-b-1

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Old 09-04-2019, 09:39 PM   #7
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Thanks for the input guys, lots of interesting things there. I found this:
www.blairline.com/cashmine/
And thought that might be it, if I can rig a trestle and put a tailings pile in the empty spot beyond. It's a pretty substantial building.
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Old 09-05-2019, 07:35 AM   #8
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There you go. Looks like you got a plan.
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I like that.
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Old 09-07-2019, 06:40 PM   #10
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Hey,

Look onto the attached photo (rights have been expired, because over 100 years of unknown photographer), so little could be Iron or Coal Mines, too.
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