Several new drive configurations offer improvement for different aspects of mine operations

by jesse morton, technical writer

At the dawn of the 20th century, a potentially game-changing underground materials conveyance system was being trialed in north Britain. At a Derwent Colliery mine, near Newcastle, a prototype steel and cast-iron centipede snaked along a longwall face. The conveyor, comprised of a series of linked 6-ft-long, 6-in.-deep sheet-iron troughs, and was nothing short of revolutionary in its application. Prior to it, “the idea of carrying the coal along the face of longwall workings by means of a conveyor never seems to have been considered seriously.”1
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