Mucking Machine - Deer Lodge, MT
Posted by: Groundspeak Premium Member T0SHEA
N 46° 23.445 W 112° 44.136
12T E 366558 N 5138927
Quick Description: The Powell County Museum is one of six museums, all grouped within a block of the old Montana State Prison, now itself a museum. This little museum is on Main Street at Conley Avenue, across from the locomotives on display.
Location: Montana, United States
Date Posted: 3/11/2017 10:14:59 PM
Waymark Code: WMV80T
Published By: Groundspeak Premium Member saopaulo1
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Long Description:
Beside the museum building, at the front, is an old "Mucking Machine" which was used to load and haul blasted ore from a mine, in this case most likely a gold mine, as there was quite a bit of gold mining activity in the area from the mid nineteenth century on. After ore was blasted loose in a mine, mucking machines like this one would scoop up loose ore with a large scoop or shovel and toss it back into an ore car following the mucker.

As compressed air was available in the mine to operate rock drills, these were powered by compressed air as well. The compressed air was produced by compressors on the surface and carried to the equipment by, sometimes, miles of hoses.

Though it looks as though it could be 100 plus years old, this mucker wouldn't be older than 79 years old, as of 2017, as the EIMCO Rocker Shovel Loader Model 12-B, the world's first mucking machine, wasn't patented until 1938. The combined brainchild of Edwin Burt Royle and John Spence Finlay, both working in the '30s for the Anaconda company in the North Lilly Mine in Eureka, the loader revolutionized mining around the world. It could do in 25 seconds what it had taken one man an hour to accomplish, that is, loading one ore car. The EIMCO loader was so revolutionary that it was named a Historic Mechanical Engineering Landmark by the American Society of Mechanical Engineers. Eureka, MT, BTW, is only about 250 road miles northwest of Deer Lodge.

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Type of train car: Freight car, ore mucker

Location: Powell County Museum

Price (In local currency): 0

Interaction allowed: yes

Visiting hours: Not listed

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