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Mining Trucks

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The standard Victorian mining truck was box-shaped and tipped through an end door.  They were made in a variety of gauges of which 15-inch, 18-inch and 24-inch gauge were the most common.  Each could carry about half-a ton of stone, and were generally pushed by hand, with the gradient so arranged as to be both gentle and in favour of the load.  The examples illustrated are 2-ft gauge and were purchased by an ATT member from a second-hand machinery dealer.  They are reputed to have been originally used in a mine in Gippsland.

Alexandra started life as a gold-rush town but, unfortunately, only one original mining truck used on the Alexandra goldfield appears to have survived.  This too is on display at the ATT.