Mine Shaft 14, Dnepropetrovsk

Mine Shaft 14, Dnepropetrovsk

Let’s move to Dnepropetrovsk and check out how its subway construction is going. Last year, they resumed driving increasing the length of underground working by 100 m. Considerening the amount of work done during the last 10 years, it is a lot. But it’s almost nothing in general (they have 4 km more to drive!). In 2011, they mostly worked on mine shaft 14 and that’s where we are going.

Mine Shaft 14, Dnepropetrovsk

This is a construction site for mine shaft 14. In the foreground, you can see a machinery hall.

Mine shaft 14 is marked with a Nokia advertisement installed above the shaft. The mine shaft is 48 m deep. They are going to build Tsentralnaya Station there.

Mine Shaft 14, Dnepropetrovsk

Piles of tubes.

Mine Shaft 14, Dnepropetrovsk

Let’s go inside the machinery hall. There are two reels here, responsible for lowering and rising cages, and other hoisting devices.

Mine Shaft 14, Dnepropetrovsk

Mine Shaft 14, Dnepropetrovsk

A machine operator.

Mine Shaft 14, Dnepropetrovsk

An electric locomotive.

Mine Shaft 14, Dnepropetrovsk

These are bunkers for extracted ground which are used to load it onto dump trucks.

Mine Shaft 14, Dnepropetrovsk

A dumper.

Mine Shaft 14, Dnepropetrovsk

They turn over buckets with ground over the bunker to later load it onto a dump truck.

Mine Shaft 14, Dnepropetrovsk

This is what warm and moist air coming up from the shaft forms there.

Mine Shaft 14, Dnepropetrovsk

The right cage.

Mine Shaft 14, Dnepropetrovsk

It’s foggy down here because it’s freezing outside while it’s +13C underground. Plus humidity is high too. Behind those buckets, you can see a cage winding.

Mine Shaft 14, Dnepropetrovsk

A pitbottom.

Mine Shaft 14, Dnepropetrovsk

Let’s get closer to Tsentralnaya Station.

Mine Shaft 14, Dnepropetrovsk

Mine face

Mine Shaft 14, Dnepropetrovsk

An erector arm tunnel driver.

Mine Shaft 14, Dnepropetrovsk

Mine Shaft 14, Dnepropetrovsk

A Finnish drilling rig is used to drill blast holes.

Mine Shaft 14, Dnepropetrovsk

Another drilling rig and a footway.

Mine Shaft 14, Dnepropetrovsk

Let’s go back to the shaft.

Mine Shaft 14, Dnepropetrovsk

Mine Shaft 14, Dnepropetrovsk

Mine Shaft 14, Dnepropetrovsk

Mine Shaft 14, Dnepropetrovsk

A mucker.

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This is how it works.

Mine Shaft 14, Dnepropetrovsk

What’s left after blast holes.

Mine Shaft 14, Dnepropetrovsk

Mine Shaft 14, Dnepropetrovsk

The fog is getting thicker while we are approaching the shaft.

Mine Shaft 14, Dnepropetrovsk

Mine Shaft 14, Dnepropetrovsk

Another bottomhole (near Muzeynaya Station). They suspended works here in 2008. It is flooded with the water from Tsentralnaya Station.

Mine Shaft 14, Dnepropetrovsk

A ventilation connection and a neighboring tunnel.

Mine Shaft 14, Dnepropetrovsk

Mine Shaft 14, Dnepropetrovsk

Another bottomhole.

Mine Shaft 14, Dnepropetrovsk

This water is knee-deep in some places!

Mine Shaft 14, Dnepropetrovsk

Another ventilation connection.

Mine Shaft 14, Dnepropetrovsk

This is the only section so far featuring reinforced concrete finishing.

Mine Shaft 14, Dnepropetrovsk

Unusual tubes.

Mine Shaft 14, Dnepropetrovsk

This is where the pitbottom joins the tunnel of the 2nd track. It is also the only place in the area which is not flooded.

Mine Shaft 14, Dnepropetrovsk

The last bottomhole.

Mine Shaft 14, Dnepropetrovsk

This place features tubes of bigger diameter.

Mine Shaft 14, Dnepropetrovsk

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