Guido, Zabrze, Poland.
16:00 17 December 2016 ### More details in description ###
### You can pause and read ### Do you want the light? Dad or mom can wear it, because it’s not so lightweight Maybe i will ask you, to take the second one.
Because you are tall Mine is lit, but we always take couple flashlights with us. Just in case. Let’s go 6 people. Ok… 3 more, we won’t split you. It is small indeed. **there are 3 cages, we are in the middle one** **now loading the last one, above us** ## Sorry for my English translation,
English it’s not my native language ## **We will go down with a speed of 4 m/s
in the original mining cage,
mounted on 980 meters long steel ropes.** ### NOTE: This video is long, (minimum cuts)
and i did it on purpose. Because I want you, to have better immersion in adventure ### ** Miners are descended with 12 m/s speed. ** **That’s 3 times faster, and our cage is already disturbingly shaking ** ** We are waiting for our turn ** Let’s go over there A few words about Guido Mine It was build in second half of 19th century.
One of 7 mines in this area. It’s small mine, because the biggest extraction was around 1000 tons of coal per 24h Mine was providing a job for 1500 miners Name is inherited from the first owner. Prince Guido Henckel von Donnersmarck
(Full name: Guido Georg Friedrich Erdmann Heinrich Adalbert Graf Henckel von Donnersmarck …lol) One of the richest people in silesia Owner of numerous mining properties and ironworks. Advisor to Bismarck, cus this land was in possesion of Prussian, German and later on in 1945 Poland In every mine those shafts are bottleneck Because those shafts were used by miners,
withdrawing coal, and also horses. They were here to drag carts filled up coal. More than 100 years ago, number of working horses down here was about 4000 Horse that was exiled here
he would never come back to the surface. 🙁 He was working from 4 to 5 years Those horses were dragging up to 12 carts of coal.
Weight of one cart was about 800 kg (1 763 pounds) They were working in two shifts (12 h). After 12 hours of work, horses were resting at the stable. At Level 170 we had 3 stables, and at Level 320 we had only one. We go down this shaft, and right now we are here. We will go this way Our walk will be ended at old pump chamber.
But today there is restaurant / bar. You can get there coffee, tea
or something STRONGER 😉 You can also eat there, and buy souvenir. It’s a little bit tight here. In front of us we have coal container. A small container for around 300 tons of coal It happens that we won’t have enough carts in loading room, so you will have to stop extraction. This is why we need those containers. Belt conveyors transporting coal to the carts, are above those containers. Also there is some mechanism that will send coal to it or the carts. Every part of containers have flap opened hydraulically. If the driver provide carts, he open flaps and coal is going to those carts. So no matter what, miners can extracting coal without a break. Sidewalks in mine that should be used for next 50 or 100 years are hollow in the rock. Because rock is fire resistant material. We have coal deck 17m below To ensure access to it, they have to hollow this sidewalk called “upadowa” (conveying declines?) If coal deposit was above, we have to create sidewalk called “pochylnia” (ramp). Inclination of this sidewalk during hollowing has to be controlled by miners according to decline. How they do it? I will tell you in a moment. Sidewalk is protected by steel arches If the tunnel is going down, geodesist hangs this measuring beam (red) This beam is showing good decline for the future tunnel. At the top you can see 3 strings. ** in short, those strings + lamps are helping to correct decline. ** ** Sorry, but you can’t record everything he says if you are there first time.
I didn’t know where to point camera ** It’s sufficient to control hollowed tunnel. And very simple Already in the 70s we had lasers down here.
But lasers must have power, switch, and very stable mount. And this method give us enough precision. Those decline tunnels are also used to transport by carts Sometimes happens that cart detaches from the hook or rope will break. So cart at the end of tunnel will have very big speed. If they derail it can lead to destroing some of tunnel fortifications. And than to collapse the ceiling. This is why we build those “Catchers” How it works? When the cart is riding slowly, those “Catchers” are just little elevating. But when cart is riding too fast.
It goes vertical, and the cart is stopped. Those catchers are called “Dogs” by miners. **joking to a kid** ** Old miners equipment
Sorry for not taking close up ** ** gas meters** ** oxygen meters ** ## interference methanometer ## ** carbon dioxide sensor ** In my hand i have small mining pickaxe. In coal mines this type of pickaxe are carried only by managers or bosses On the one hand, this is symbol of power, on the other versatile measuring device. Anyone who want to feel how it was like to work in shortwall can go inside. ** of course I will do this for you guys ** ** out of the context ** ** talking about work assignment ** ** sometimes miners were sent back to home, because there was no job for them ** Or you work 2 or 3 weeks and then take one week break. ** something about praying before and after work ** Prayers were lead by “spiwok”. It was oldest miner.
Then miners go to “oil room” cus they have oil lapms. They filled up oil lamps Every lamp has mark on it (indicator of max lamp capacity). It was called “szychta”. If miner’s lamp was running out of oil.
He had only 30 min to come back.
Miners didn’t had watches. From that mark on lamps, to this day miners work shift is called “szychta” and it is 7,5h long. Bath time, after work does not include into work shift. **END OF PART ONE **
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