Bescherbergwerk F60

We all went to see Bescherbergwerk F60, a historic coal mining structure in Lusatia. It was a bit more than I bargained for, the climb was too much. It has a total length of 502 meters, 204 meters wide and the height of almost 80 meters. I kept slipping on the wet platforms and stairs as we climbed.

13 thoughts on “Bescherbergwerk F60

  1. Lookoom 2021-11-01 / 7:16 pm

    All the structures seem to be in working order, usually the old mines are just ruins, this is different. Thanks for the effort.


  2. Dan Antion 2021-11-01 / 9:00 am

    Thanks for the effort – I love lines and big mechanical contraptions. These are great photos. I hope you relaxed after this.


    • Sherry Felix 2021-11-02 / 6:47 am

      It is impressive. I found F60’s gigantic presence frightening. So sad they tore into the Earth that way. Glad it is no longer in operation.

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      • Dan Antion 2021-11-02 / 7:02 am

        I’ve seen documentaries on those mining operations. They are amazing, and the machines are some of the biggest ever made, but they do leave a huge path of destruction.

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  3. picpholio 2021-11-01 / 8:45 am

    That’s quite impressive to see these installations ! Nice pgotography too.


    • Sherry Felix 2021-11-02 / 6:44 am

      I found it a bit terrifying and oppressive. The rainy day suited how it felt to me. Thanks.


  4. shoreacres 2021-11-01 / 8:15 am

    What an interesting place, and interesting, too, to see how its being used as a center for various events today. My paternal grandfather came from Sweden, and landed in Iowa. He was a coal miner in both places, but the techniques varied considerably from this. No structures like this in Iowa, for sure — only those built underground by the miners.


    • Sherry Felix 2021-11-02 / 6:43 am

      Interesting about your grandpa being a miner. Open pit mining is a terrible thing. I wished they had covered something about that and shown something about coal and how it is formed.

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      • shoreacres 2021-11-02 / 7:23 am

        The soft coal mining in Iowa wasn’t open pit; it took place underground, with small rail cars to carry the coal to the surface, where it was loaded onto full-sized rail cars. We kids amused ourselves and pleased our families by going out with buckets and collecting chunks of coal that had fallen from the trains. Since most furnaces were coal-powered in the early 50’s, it helped with the family budgets. Doesn’t that sound Dickensian?!


        • Sherry Felix 2021-11-02 / 6:23 pm

          Very Dickensian :-). I used to light the coal fire in our flat in London back in the 50’s. We had hard bituminous coal that made a lot of smoke and soot. Later we used cleaner burning coke. I remember bad fogs and frequent bouts of bronchitis.


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