Model Power Driven Coal Tippler

c. 1900

Model, scale 1:12, of Power Driven Coal Tippler, with three model trucks, 2 small spare parts.

This is a model of a coal tippler. As coal output soared to new heights at the beginning of the twentieth century, many collieries were producing several thousand tonnes of coal each day. The coal tippler allowed the smooth passage of coal from the pithead to the waiting railway wagons below. Coal emptied from the tubs passed down the chute on to a moving screen, not included with the model. The coal would then be sorted by size, dropping directly into the appropriate wagon. This 1:12 scale model was made by James Rigg, who had invented the first coal tippler in 1870.

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Mining & Ore Dressing
Object Number:
F. Rigg

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