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Lead in Lawrence County, South Dakota — The American Midwest (Upper Plains)
 

Battery Locomotive

Homestake Mining District

— Lead, South Dakota —

 
 
Battery Locomotive Marker image. Click for full size.
Photographed By Cosmos Mariner, July 12, 2018
1. Battery Locomotive Marker
Inscription.  Battery locomotives were the work horse of locomotives used in the Homestake Mine. Every operating level had at least one locomotive and up to 4 or 5 locomotives. These locomotives hauled ore trains, miners to the work area, mechanics and electricians to problem areas and literally tons of supplies and explosives used in the mine.

The battery locomotive was powered by the huge bank of batteries that was the largest component of the locomotives. These batteries held a charge for the duration of the working shift, usually 8 hours. Then, the batteries had to be recharged by plugging them into the charging station, usually near the shaft.

The locomotive operator had to step on a "deadman" switch, located on the floor of the cab, which allowed activation of the locomotive. The "deadman" switch prevented inadvertent operation of the locomotive without an operator.

This small battery locomotive on display was used in the upper levels of the Homestake Mine and, due to its small size, probably was used as a tramming locomotive, too small for ore trains. These trammers were also used on the surface throughout the shop and
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Erected by Black Hills Mining Museum.
 
Topics. This historical marker is listed in these topic lists: Industry & CommerceRailroads & Streetcars.
 
Location. 44° 21.112′ N, 103° 46.038′ W. Marker is in Lead, South Dakota, in Lawrence County. Marker can be reached from West Main Street (CanAm Highway) (U.S. 85) east of Stone Street, on the right when traveling east. Marker is located beside the sidewalk, on the south side of the street, adjacent to the Black Hills Mining Museum parking lot. Touch for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 323 West Main Street, Lead SD 57754, United States of America. Touch for directions.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Man Car / Ambulance (here, next to this marker); Man Car (a few steps from this marker); Ore Cars (a few steps from this marker); Compressed Air Locomotive #9 (a few steps from this marker); Spargo Hoist & Sinking Bucket (a few steps from this marker); Overshot Mucker (within shouting distance of this marker); The Homestake Opera House & Recreation Building (within shouting distance of this marker); United States Post Office (within shouting distance of this marker). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Lead.
 
More about this marker. Marker is a metal plaque mounted directly on
Battery Locomotive Marker (<i>wide view; marker mounted on back side of locomotive</i>) image. Click for full size.
Photographed By Cosmos Mariner, July 12, 2018
2. Battery Locomotive Marker (wide view; marker mounted on back side of locomotive)
the subject locomotive.
 
Battery Locomotive image. Click for full size.
Photographed By Cosmos Mariner, July 12, 2018
3. Battery Locomotive
Battery Locomotive (<i>operator's "cab" - showing seat, and "deadman" switch on floor</i>) image. Click for full size.
Photographed By Cosmos Mariner, July 12, 2018
4. Battery Locomotive (operator's "cab" - showing seat, and "deadman" switch on floor)
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on August 14, 2018. It was originally submitted on August 11, 2018, by Cosmos Mariner of Cape Canaveral, Florida. This page has been viewed 233 times since then and 11 times this year. Last updated on August 14, 2018, by Cosmos Mariner of Cape Canaveral, Florida. Photos:   1, 2, 3, 4. submitted on August 13, 2018, by Cosmos Mariner of Cape Canaveral, Florida. • Andrew Ruppenstein was the editor who published this page.

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