Coal mine Blueprints??

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Sun Oct 13 11:21:56 EDT 2013

Hi Ray,
Another great resource, also available via is "Structural Engineers Handbook"
by Milo S. Ketchum.

Here's a link

Look to page 359 for elevation drawings of "Phillips Tipple, H.C.Frick Company built by American Bridge Co.

Hope this helps.
Tom Lewis

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I need some help! I have spent most of the past 2 Saturdays searching the net for Blueprints for a West Virginia style mine. I am building a large model railroad based on the Pocahontas Division From Williamson to Bluefield. I have the track charts for the division and it names a number of mines. However I have come to face the fact that trying to model each and every mine accurately would probably eat up 2 - 3 lifetimes just doing the research! LOL SO along that trend of thought I have decided to model a few as close as possible and the rest will be based on practices of the time.
I am looking for a book, set of articles, web based site I may not have found that has a mine broken down into it's basic components. Then of course I need some key dimensions like how high the floor is above the rails. Picking table and screen arrangements. If I wanted to build a Colorado mine a lot of this is on the net but so far WV has been a bust. Any one have any insights please share them with me!
Thanks in advance!
Ray Russell Sr.

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