The last refuge of huge excavators
• The last refuge of huge excavators
Morozov coal mine - one of the few (former) beds of brown coal mining in Ukraine. It is located 20 km east of Znamenka.
Even some six years ago, there were working machines capable of 5,000 cubic meters of overburden per hour rock - a total of 800 KAMAZ vehicles, and now mine is half flooded and became a graveyard for these unique giant excavators (!).
What's brown coal?
Brown coal - this is the "young" and "unripe" type of coal - it gives less heat during combustion than coal. But he still nice warm, and it is possible not only to heat the house, but also to use as fuel for power plants and power plants.
Brown coal - it's so:
If we consider what is mined brown coal pit method (not digging the mine), it becomes a cheap and safe alternative to black coal.
Where did these machines?
Everything is easy: equipment partly German, partly Soviet (eg, rotary excavator ERSHR-1600 photo at the beginning of Lent).
We found out that one of the excavators (Ds 1500) called Roberts Hoffnung and worked in Bergvitse (Germany) since 1929, but after the Second World War, was dismantled and taken to the Soviet Union. And from there it was brought a little smaller excavator DS 1000 and conveyor bridge, which stretches from one career to the other shore.
DS-1500 Roberts Hoffnung:
It is interesting that in Germany such machines have finalized a maximum before the '60s, then they were replaced by more modern. And here they continued to work until the mid-2000s, and were stopped only because of the lack fininsirovaniya coal industry.
The locals that we asked about the fate of the cut, believe that the technique will be repaired and the incision will work again. But once in place, it becomes clear that there is already nothing to repair:
From the huge machines were only steel housing.
All available engines dismantled, copper coil removed
No cable no - there were only braid trim
German past guessable machines: the remains of the Siemens switch
Main transformer - it is no longer zagudit:
Rotary shop will remain fixed:
Working cab operator: there is light for night, Sun blinds, ventilation and an electric heater for the winter. Indicators will no longer blink colored lights:
The orders will not be executed more than:
A magazine delivery and reception of shift and crumble unfinished. By the way, according to these records, the excavator was working until mid-2006.
per kilometer stretch along the perimeter of the quarry black belt conveyors - are transported ballast rock, millions of tons of which were formed in the process of dokapyvaniya to the coal seam.
The area is protected by the cut - the posts are in the southwest and southeast corners of the pit, and the day produced bypassing security. Although by one of the stations we passed unnoticed to leave the territory we still got a guard during his bypass discover our camp in the shade of a huge DS-1000.
All the rails are cut into the metal and moved.
But short of spare conveyor belt for:
gradually flooded quarry - when compared with 2008 and 2010, the water level in it stood ten meters. But now the quarry turned into a multi-kilometer lake:
On the slopes grow wonderful herbs:
Clippings show colored rock strata:
And in the north-eastern edge of the quarry has an excellent sandy beach, which goes to bathe The surrounding youth.
In the destruction of the quarry worked a standard for Ukraine scheme: the company has been given to private investors, promised to create heaven on earth, then a few years grants and equipment rozvorovyvalis, and then the company was recognized as bankrupt. In general, "maєmo - scho maєmo".
It is the survivor of all coal mines Kirovograd region - Constantine. The guards say that part of the equipment of Morozov's career will be used to repair and start there the machines.
From the latest news: one of the largest Chinese companies - China Coal Technology & Engineering Group - intends to invest up to $ 300 million in recovery of the brown coal industry. But not the fact that they fit the old Soviet and German cars.
Museum of such a huge piece of iron we have to do, no one will, so they most likely will cut the metal. If you want to look at this marvel of engineering - in a hurry.