SE2516 : Pit pony at the National Mining Museum

taken 28 years ago, near to Middlestown, Wakefield, Great Britain

Pit pony at the National Mining Museum
Pit pony at the National Mining Museum
Able's days of hauling coal are over - if he was ever actually used for that.
National Coal Mining Museum, Wakefield
The museum's 45 acre site, adjacent to the main A642 road, straddles the boundary between Wakefield and Kirklees boroughs. It opened in 1988 as the Yorkshire Mining Museum but became "national" (for England) in 1995 - Wales has a separate coal mining museum. It essentially covers the surface buildings of two former collieries - Caphouse and Hope.

The principal attraction is, of course, going down in the Caphouse mine itself, 140m underground to the main seam, although the guided tour nowadays does not take you more than about a hundred metres from the lift shaft (at my first visit in 1991 it went further, and visitors walked back up the drift road). There are also two specially constructed museum galleries, and outdoor exhibits of mining plant, locomotives and so on. Several former operational buildings at Hope Pit are open to visitors.
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Saturday, 13 July, 1991   (more nearby)
Wednesday, 9 February, 2011
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OSGB36: geotagged! SE 253 164 [100m precision]
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