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Old 05-28-2012, 11:49 AM
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Well as some already know I am back working underground after 8 months finishing up my schooling for HD Technician. I had to move 30 hours north for the job. I said in my last post I would get some pics of what its like under there and the machinery used to extract nickel ore thousands of feet underground. all of them are of the shop I work in at 3600 feet. I work 11.5 hour shifts, 5 days on 5 off. Theres lots of pics so enjoy, If anyone ou want pictures of other things let me know and next weekend when I go back to work I will try to get them, its hard to get them in the drifts because there is no light other than from a mine cat or a hard hat light and my iphone doesnt pic up the light very well. Any other questions of how it all works just ask, I will try to explain along the way

the shop, kinda empty for a few minutes between machines so It was a good time to get a pic, this shop has 2 - 20 ton cranes running on the same track

facing back the other way

Tool crib, has most bigger tools and specialty tools, along with many different parts for different machines

Mine cat, personnel carrier, used to getting us to the shop, about a 15 minute ride from where we get off the cage at 2400 level

oil cubes, used to store the different types of oil (engine, tranny, diff etc.) also to store used oil

45 ton rock truck (holds 45 tons of ore or rock) it does not have a dump box because of the height of the drifts (tunnels), it has an ejector that pushes the ore out the back

again

Brand new 45 ton getting put together, it has to be cut up on surface so that it can be hoisted down the shaft and then re welded and put back together under ground

back end of the new 45 ton

the box comes in 4 different pieces and has to be welded back together, the ejector as well

hose making room, for making hydraulic hoses

Atlas Copco 2 boom jumbo, this thing goes into a new area and drills into the face of the drift (the end of the drift), drills about 80 or so holes give or take and then the loud it with explosives) the booms swivel in just about any position

from the cab of the jumbo

hoses reils for putting the different oils in the machines, no carrying pails here!

CAT 8 yard scoop tram, used after a blast to go and muck out the area (scoops up all of the ore, or rock)

blown tire, this operator blew 3 of them in 2 days LOL and they wonder why we have so many mechanics in this shop
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Old 05-28-2012, 11:57 AM
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changine the tire on the scoop, gives you an idea of size


Maclean rock bolter, used after the scoop is done, this thing puts thick screen and rock bolts into the drifts to prevent collapse and falling rock, the back end of the machine is a sizer lift the lifts up maybe 20 feet or so, the boom the does the drilling and bolting swivels all over the places

the drift heading into the shop, this one was lit so the picture came out ok, out of the shop there is next to no light other than your hardhat or from a vehicle, note my hard hate light on the ground

down into the dark ness


I think thats about, there are some other machines like the forklift carrying the tire and different types of mine cats but these are the main ones we see everyday
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Wow thats awesome thanks for sharing! I was riding dirt bikes with some buddies yesterday out in the desert and came across an old coal mine that was filled with concrete after about 30 yards! Snapped some pics too!
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Wow thats awesome thanks for sharing! I was riding dirt bikes with some buddies yesterday out in the desert and came across an old coal mine that was filled with concrete after about 30 yards! Snapped some pics too!
they usually fill them in too keep people from getting hurt, because there is no ramp from surface when they are done with a mine like the one I am in they fill it with water. Glad you liked the pics, was trying to share something that not many get too see, the pictures dont do it much justice to the size and scale of stuff down there, how loud the machines, especially the scoops are. I will try to get more pics as time goes on and I see new things under there, I dont like bringing my phone underground for the risk of destroying it
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Awesome pics! Thanks for sharing. It's nice to see the stuff that's happening now instead of the tours that only show what they 'used' to do.

It amazes me that the scoop trams have to be cut up on the surface. I would have thought that they would come form CAT disassembled for final assembly underground. The mine in Thompson is one of the larger mines, so if cutting it up is required, I'd venture to guess that this is common practice at most if not all underground mines.
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Awesome pics! Thanks for sharing. It's nice to see the stuff that's happening now instead of the tours that only show what they 'used' to do.

It amazes me that the scoop trams have to be cut up on the surface. I would have thought that they would come form CAT disassembled for final assembly underground. The mine in Thompson is one of the larger mines, so if cutting it up is required, I'd venture to guess that this is common practice at most if not all underground mines.
Thanks Brad, there are 3 mines in Thompson, and cutting them up on surface is a pretty common practice, some of them may come disassembled already but its the company that deicdes that, we get it in pieces either way, the only way they wouldnt get cut up at other mines is if that mine has a portal ( a tunnel running straight from surface). CAT sends a guy from Toromont in Thompson to help put it together, contract welders from a local company came down to weld the box and ejector together as well. I was told that sometimes cat sends people right from its main headquarters in Australia to put the trucks and scoops together.

It would be cool if big companies like this one could do tours, maybe a day or 2 out of every year and make it available to the public to go down with safety trainers and see what actually goes on
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was more of the type of thread to show people something they have never seen before... brad said a while back he wanted to see more pics from underground, I like seeing new things so I figured others would too... and on top of that I am in the middle of no where with nothing to do so I figured I would share the only excitement I have in this chithole.... I want to go home
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