Saturday, 3 October 2020

Brom goes low


After our adventure in the morning, we made our way to Ramsbeck. In Ramsbeck there was a former lead and zinc mine that we were about to visit. But first we had lunch (or a very early dinner).

Getting paid
Then we had a little looksie in the museum itself, which was housed in the original mine buildings. The office from where they paid all the workers and the changing rooms. 

Perhaps you have seen those British films or documentaries where everybody has their own locker. Here they all had their own tube and rope. First you had to let the hooks down. Then you hung your clothes, boots, hat and other assorted on the hooks. 

And lastly you used the rope to pull the lot up into your tube. As it was heated, your stuff would be nice and dry for your next shift.

Once we had seen all that, we were given a hat (I didn't get one, my head was too small) and we were going on a train. Well, the hats might have been big, the train definitely wasn't. Mara nearly had to crouch to get in! 

1,5 tonnes of ore/rock
They locked us all in, started up the train and off we went: 1,5 km into the mountain! And when we had arrived, we were right smack bang beneath an amusement park. We would only have to dig through rocks for about 350 meters!

Saint Barbara, the patron saint of miners
We were given a tour of the mine itself. We saw huge machines that made the place run. We were told how long it would take one person to mine 7 meters (1 year) and we saw (and heard) a machine that could do that in two days. 

We also saw the bucket, which had to be emptied and cleaned by the poor man who had been late too often. I bet that taught him to be on time, as he had to do that to every single one on the floor. And after all that, we took the train back to the mining building to see daylight again. 

The bucket
Oh, and we learned two things that day: Mountain Work (Bergwerk) is what they call mines mostly, as most of the mines started off outside and gradually moved inside the mountains. And secondly Under Day (Untertag). Which is underground to you and me. You couldn't see daylight when underground so that's why they called it Under Day. 

The red is from the iron pipes the water dripped from,
 the white is calcium
and the green is from small amounts of copper in the rock.


  1. Hari OM
    My word, Brom, that was most interesting... I surely could never be a miner. Claustrophobia and all that. But I have such admiration for all those who do this kind of work. And for people like you and Mara who think to go into such places...thanks for repawting on it, cuz I could never go in there myself!!! Hugs and growlies YAM-aunty xxx

    1. I love going to places like that. They show you the world as it was and as it could be again as the mines are still viable for plenty more rich ore apparently.

  2. Those storage tubes are so unique.

  3. What a fun trip underground you took. Thanks for bringing us along.

  4. Brom you and Mara could easily be tour guides and travel planners what fun you packed into just a few days.
    I hope Mara's legs are feeling better.
    Hugs Cecilia

  5. My ghostwriter and Dad and the four siblings would rather go on tours like that than to a big, noisy amusement park! (They are all science geeks.)

  6. I love visiting places like that. Sounds like and interesting tour. Oh my, the poor late person!!!

  7. So Brom, did the mine look like a good place for a bear to hibernate?


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