Haulage on rail tracks in underground mines is compared with movement by means of troughed belt conveyors. It is suggested that one of the main advantages of rail transport is the ability to provide smooth running conditions in carrying minerals, men and materials. The use of diesel locos, introduced into underground mines in Britain in 1939 is discussed in relation to new design concepts such as those based on the availability of hydrostatic transmission. Reference is made to various designs such as the hunslet rack locomotive, rauma-repola parkano train systems and overhead monorail locos. Battery locomotives are considered to have advantages of independent mobility, simplicity and inherent safety, low maintenance costs, and to have no problems associated with ventilation, heat generation or noise. The use of both battery and trolley locomotives is described, and reference made to their use in various countries apart from Britain. Control systems, including computer control and automatic car discharge are described, and the haulage capacities of electric locomotives related to grade and weight of locomotives in short tons is tabulated. A manufacturers' guide is provided on electric and diesel types, electric locomotives and diesel locomotives.

  • Corporate Authors:

    Mineralogical Society

    41 Queen's Gate
    London SW7,   England 
  • Publication Date: 1978-4

Media Info

  • Features: Figures; Photos; Tables;
  • Pagination: p. 313-329
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Filing Info

  • Accession Number: 00194872
  • Record Type: Publication
  • Source Agency: Transport Research Laboratory
  • Files: ITRD, TRIS
  • Created Date: Jul 11 1979 12:00AM