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Yinghao Coal Mine
This is the second part of my report of a June 2004 visit to Yinghao. See also:
The surviving coal mine was built some time after the original railway and according to the locals produces coal of a good quality which should last at least 10 more years. It is a traditional 'deep mine', with a small 600mm gauge railway. These coal wagons circulate by gravity, with a chain conveyor to give them initial height. How it will be affected by the large new mine which is being built about 3 km away I do not know. Staff claim that this mine will also be served by the railway but I think the topography will dictate that trucks are used instead.
For every full wagon that comes up, an empty will have been sent down:
The fulls are tipped....
And a conveyor used to carry the coal to a large hopper from which the coal train is filled. (The loco is 15.)
Extra materials for the mine enter through a separate (inclined) shaft:
And running repairs are done in the open: