Wednesday, August 03, 2005
Great Big TOYS
Here are some pictures of the tiny trucks you saw in the bottom of the mine. This thing was massive. That picture I posted on Monday was me looking up the arm of this thing and into the sky I think it is 65ft tall, but I am not sure if I am remembering that right. A lot of this heavy machine runs on electricity, if you look close you can see the power cord hooked up there in the photo. Highland Valley Copper is BC Hydro's 3rd largest consumer. WOW!
Would you like one of these for your very own? This baby cost Highland Valley Copper $12 million in 1989. Save your pennies, big toys cost big $$.
We were lucky we got to take the tour in this 12 passenger van instead of on the bus with 50 other people, there were only about 10 of on it and only 5 were adults. I took this photo so you could get an idea of just how big the scoop was on this thing.
Scoop of Ouimet Family anyone? You could hold a party in this thing.
Here is a photo of one of the dump trucks. Remember the big scoop the Ouimet family was standing in? That can fill this dump truck in 4 scoops and it only takes 3 seconds a scoop. This thing is full in about 12 seconds. That's a lot of rock!
Quentin sitting in the tire. When I saw the big oil stain on the tire, all I could think was that must be one big dog!
A better view of the tire. Apparently there is a big rubber shortage right now and the mining business is at an all time high. These tires only last about a 6 months on a truck and the run about $27,000.00 each. That is what Highland Valley Copper pays for them at bulk rate, some mines pay as much as $47,000.00 each for them.
Another view of the dump truck from the back. I don't really think I had an idea of how big these trucks were until I stood next to one.
A happy boy on the ride home, digging in his very own bag of rocks.
I am sorry for the delay on the post. I finished my year end for the accountant yesterday and never made it to Blogland. I hope it was worth the wait!