View single post by jtrain
 Posted: Mon Oct 10th, 2016 08:11 am
PMQuoteReplyFull Topic
jtrain



Joined: Sun May 27th, 2012
Location: Missoula, Montana USA
Posts: 1000
Status: 
Offline
If you want to know how big these pit mines are, here's a photo of one in the Great Lakes region of the country from the Great Lakes Indian Fish and Wildlife Commission:



And if you ignore the environmental/political stuff, the PDF probably has some info that might be helpful for your questions:
https://gis.lic.wisc.edu/wwwlicgf/glifwc/web/Mining/Taconite_v2012-01-20a.pdf

That mine is probably about a mile across and easily 800 feet deep.  In O scale that would be 110 feet wide and 16 feet deep!  I don't know about you, but I think I'd rather build model buildings than dig a 16 foot hole in my backyard, but that's just my opinion.  No doubt it would be cool if you did a pit mine though, I just don't think most people would be willing to sacrifice that kind of space, even in the backyard.

--James



____________________
James W.

New Blog (permanent this time)

blackhillsrr.blogspot.com
Close Window