Van working the chute
in the gangway. The coal comes down the chute, and into the buggy...HOPEFULLY!
Otherwise the shoveling starts.
Once the buggy is full, we push it several hundred feet through the gangway, and dump it into the "counter shoot." The buggy weighs over 1 ton full and is moved strickly by muscle and sweat.
Down inside, in the gangway.
Gary Lucas and me,
after a days work. Snow on the ground, soaking wet and tired.
August 11th, 2001
at the annual independent coal miners picnic.
One of my favorite pictures. Me and the mine cat. Every good mine should have a cat.