This is the cable spool that is used to raise/lower the buckets. This
is a balanced bucket system which means that one bucket would be at the top
of the tower while the other is at the bottom in one of the loading pits.
The cable from one bucket enters the wall and wraps around the spool three
or four times and then heads back out the shed to connect with the other
bucket. Photo by Dave Dye on May 17, 1992.
Another shot of the cable spool and associated gears. The cable spool is
to the right and a reduction gear is in the foreground. One of the flywheels
of the hoist engine is just visible in the upper left corner. Photo by Dave
Dye on May 17, 1992.
This shot provides a view of the hoist engine and flywheels towards the
west side of the shed. Note the diagonal pipe used to carry the exhaust out
to the north side of the shed. Photo by Dave Dye on July 2, 2000.
This shot provides a view of the drive shaft and what appears to be some
sort of clutch mechanism. Maybe someone out there can provide more details
on how this operates. Photo by Dave Dye on May 17, 1992.
This shot provides a view of one of the coal gate lift handles. This attaches
to a rod and pulley mechanism to raise/lower the coal gates used to fill
the buckets. To the lower right is the window that would be used to monitor
the filling of the coal bucket. Photo by Dave Dye on May 17, 1992.