Monday, 3 November 2014

The first railway wagons in Salt Mine in Wieliczka

4th November 2014

Sielec Chamber was cut in the flake of bedded bronze salt. What is very interesting it contains collection of authentic devices formerly used for transportation salt along underground corridors.
In the past miners used wooden carts, called Hungarian dogs, boxes and sleighs called szlafy.  fine salt was packed into barrels whereas larger blocks of salt  i.e. 'snowmen" were rolled along wooden boards.
In the 16th century, miners began to use horses to help them transport salt to the surface. The last horse called Baśka, left the mine in 2002. 



In 1861 railway wagons were introduced for transportation. Initially those were drawn by horses and from the 1920s battery powered locomotives were used instead horses.



Sielec Chamber is located 64,5 metres undeground

10 comments:

  1. So interesting, but I don't believe I could work underground!

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  2. Amazing that horses were still used until 2002. Battery powered locomotives. Interesting.

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    1. yes you are right but horses are strictly connected with Polish mines.If a horse works in the mine he will lose his eyesight shortly

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  3. That is interesting regarding the horses. Many uses they were used for.

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  4. I'm amazed that these animals were taken underground for use as transportation. It leaves me out just thinking about going down 64.5 metres.

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    1. yes it was routine for many centuries here.

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  5. i can imagine it was hard work!

    (yes, we have a lot of abandoned homes and farms in our area.)

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