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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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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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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. :cool:
Might help you. ;)

https://www.google.com/search?q=plymouth+pa+coal+mine&client=firefox-b-1-d&tbm=isch&source=iu&ictx=1&fir=SxRF01aPWwcCTM%253A%252CWfWGx_S2Y75JOM%252C_&vet=1&usg=AI4_-kSRzUUh97QlNMhDWH-Q104_NHxmew&sa=X&ved=2ahUKEwiY--22xa3kAhUJm-AKHTuqDJsQ9QEwBXoECAkQBg#imgdii=D41RKQMk3wiDiM:&imgrc=JaWziskM-qKkgM:&vet=1
 

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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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