BUCYRUS ERIE.....Leigh Creek Coal Mine

Selected for Google Maps and Google Earth



Commissioned - January 1951 / Retired - March 1982


Over 22 Million Cubic Metres


Length of Boom 60.96 m

Max Dump Height 21.4 m

Max Digging Depth 24.4 m

Bucket Capacity 5.8 cu. m

Show more
Show less
Save Cancel Want to use bold, italic, links?

Comments (13)

~Marlene~ on November 15, 2012

I think it's not easy to make a coal mine look good, Pam, but you did! Like

Greetings, Marlene

blackcat49 (No Views… on November 16, 2012

Ha ha!....thanks Marlene....this one is actually quite a pretty site despite the big, black hole which this enormous machine has obviously been partially responsible for!

They just need now to retire all the machinery and stop burning coal.... :(

Itallica on November 16, 2012

stop buring coal!

Just reading a book now called "Energy of Slaves" which draws analogy to having got "free" energy from slaves and now we exploit coal and oil with the same focus of wealth on the 1%

caio, tery

blackcat49 (No Views… on November 17, 2012

Yes, Teri, I agree!!!

I hasten to add that I, myself, personally am not burning coal....but (full of guilt) I am using electricity generated from coal here in the State of Victoria. It's a big issue here....not enough incentives by the government for renewables to be introduced really large scale commercially. The people who own the power stations say they "can't afford" to do anything else but burn dirty coal.

Wind power was proceeding quite rapidly....now questions about visual impacts, proximity to residences, noise pollution and detrimental health aspects for people.

A lot more could be done with solar and geothermal...much talk/not much action!

I think those with the money and the power will always exploit whomever or whatever they can to feather their own nests. A very unfortunate side of human nature!!

Stay cheery... :)

Brian Gymer on November 17, 2012

Pam,was there about 15 years ago it was a huge hole in the ground. Brian.

Itallica on November 17, 2012

In 1982-1985 in Botswana I lived three years without electricity. Again in Belize - no electricity nor running water from 1991 to 1995 - did collect rain water which "ran" into a bucket.

Caio, terY

blackcat49 (No Views… on November 19, 2012

Hola Ivan....many thanks to you tonight/today ... :))

Cheers, Pam.

KT-Manda on November 20, 2012

DNA of the human damages the resources. It is similar to a virus.

blackcat49 (No Views… on November 21, 2012

Yes, Keisuke...exactly!

KT-Manda on November 21, 2012

It has written down that Nietzsche is such.

blackcat49 (No Views… on November 21, 2012

It's been a very long time since I have read Nietzsche.....the virus is driven by its immediate needs and can happily kill the host because it can move on to another.

I think we are stuck on this planet...we should look after it!

Keep smiling Keisuke .... :))

KT-Manda on November 21, 2012

Man is a bacillus of the earth. Therefore, I am also a bacillus ;))

blackcat49 (No Views… on November 22, 2012

Lovely to meet you... Mr Bacillus ... :)

Best wishes from..... Mrs Bacillus! ... :))

Sign up to comment. Sign in if you already did it.

Photo details

  • Uploaded on November 15, 2012
  • © All Rights Reserved
    by blackcat49 (No Views…
    • Camera: Canon EOS 550D
    • Taken on 2012/07/14 10:06:20
    • Exposure: 0.001s (1/2000)
    • Focal Length: 18.00mm
    • F/Stop: f/3.500
    • ISO Speed: ISO100
    • Exposure Bias: 0.00 EV
    • No flash