Wednesday, October 04, 2017

Warehouse Wednesday - Small pit head gear

Pit Head gear

This is one of those annoying photos of a prototype too good not to share, but of which I know very little. 

From the Elsecar Heritage Centre, this pithead gear stands near the beam engine house. The adjacent board is entitled "Deep down to the Barnsley seam" and explains that this winding shaft drops down 130 feet to the coal below and was dug by hand in the 1790s. 

As a modelling subject it has the benefit of being modest, no more than 30 feet high. Made of concrete, it could be built from plastic strip, but I'm assuming that the structure is a lot younger than 227 years.

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