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PostPosted: Sun May 03, 2009 6:42 pm 
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Yep Chris does mean the seam we are mining now is 30 THICK. Most Anthracite veins take pretty heavy pitch, at least 30 degres. Were we are at the coal is about a 60 degre pitch. The strip mine I work at too is in the same vein and it does open up to almost 100 feet thick in spots and no that is not a typo! I see your a electrician, thats what I do in the strippings. We have a Marion 8700 (85 yard bucket) Bucyrue Erie 1450 (65 yard bucket) and a Bucyrus Erie 1250 (not sure what size bucket maybe 40 yrd if I had to guess) about 8 miles of 12kv transmisson lines, 3 miles of 66kv lines, 8 active substations, I Breaker ( prep plant) Deep well pumps, Pumps in old deep mine workings, garages, 2 weld shops, offices, 3 61-R drills, about a half dozen idled substations, maybe another 10 miles of 66kv and a couple of miles of idled 12kv line for myself and another electrician to take care of :wink:

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SWEET! dolla dolla bills! :lol:

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yea its pretty bad a$$ our slope goes down around 60-70 degrees down the 7 foot vein (appropriately named) and we have a rock tunnel over to the skidmore where the mine has been mostly worked. from the rock tunnel our gangway extends about 1100 feet west and 800 feet east. we have been robbing the west workings pretty much but the east isnt even fully developed first mined yet. since we started there we have now driven a rock tunnel in the airway over into the mammoth which is the 25 foot thick vein, and 2 rock chutes off of the skidmore gangway. the coal is loaded out of the rock chutes into our buggy which holds one ton, we push this by hand to the dump at the foot of the slope. there it dumps into the gunboat and is heisted 300 feet to the surface, where it is dropped and loaded again and again and again..... the rock chutes are just for development on the east side, the west we will be mining a rock gangway and using rock chutes, no time consuming timber work that way as our rock is extremely hard out this way. best way to describe it is the dirty jobs episode where mike rowe went to an anty mine. its hard work but its really rewarding.

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heres what our mine looks like:

http://www.ironminers.com/mineforum/vie ... 6&start=15

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and heres some from the rock tunnel we drove:

http://www.ironminers.com/mineforum/vie ... 51&start=0

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i would be lost workin at that type of mine! all i know is like we do here.

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:lol: heres some more pics from underground..... although none of them are any good cause they were taken on a day that i wasnt there! but we will have more soon and they will be good photos cause ill be in them.

http://www.flickr.com/photos/nikonman24 ... 850288201/

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Now for the guessing game! Guess which one is me since I was there that day! No hints chris.

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ugmech, he's the ugly one........... :lol:

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i am gonna try to load a pic of our haulage section we brought outside. this is taken at the mines we just shut down...
[img]F:\DCIM\115K7530\115_5502.JPG[/img]

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I said NO HINTS

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:lol: :lol: :lol:

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well, that didnt work...

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yea you need a place to host it online..... read a bit of this.....

http://www.ironminers.com/mineforum/vie ... hp?t=19319

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did you see mikes question above?

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