Many different types of equipment are used in a mine. One of the most used pieces of equipment in some mines are the mine trams.
A tram is basically a four or six wheeled cart that runs on a rail track, much like a train car, except much smaller. Many trams are now operated that are powered by either compressed air or electric carts.
The use of trams has revolutionized many different mines, because they are able to transport not only coal or mined material, but also workers. This is important when workers are injured they can be swiftly removed from the mine and this has helped many mines achieve a positive safety record.
Trams are mostly small wheeled carts that are used in mines, to transport people, material, coal and mined substances along a track. When trams are used as part of a mines machinery it is often on an electrical system, that powers either an air compressor that pushes the lead “locomotive” on the tram, or an electric motor on the tram lead car.
Trams are thought to be a modern innovation that has helped make mines a lot more safe. Where trams are used the safety record is often a lot better than where they are not used.
Trams are one of the different types of mining innovations that have helped make mines a safer place to work. Workers can leave the mine and return more swiftly allowing breaks and meals to be taken on the surface, and to evacuate injuries if and when miners are in need of medical help. This can also serve to improve the efficiency of the mine as materials are able to be removed swiftly and efficiently, lessening the burden on the miners themselves.