Iron Ore in Britain – North Skelton 1956

The complete “Iron Ore in Britain” can be viewed on the BFI website via the link below

https://player.bfi.org.uk/free/film/watch-iron-ore-in-britain-1956-online

The film was produced in 1956 by Stewart & Lloyd’s Iron & Steel Company, based in Corby. However the section between 4:50 and 7:35 was filmed at North Skelton mine in Cleveland.

The main headgear over the downcast shaft on the right, with the smaller headgear over the upcast on the left.
Old hand-drilling methods in cloth caps being demonstrated
Old horse-haulage methods being demonstrated
Modern compressed air drills and hard-hats
Modern Eimco rocker shovel (known as a Cranner locally)
Modern diesel locomotive haulage.

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