Cherry Coal Mine Disaster

Model Pics Set Two
Cherry Mine Disaster Story
Story of Disaster by Steve Stout
The Fatal Day
Story in a Nutshell
Mine Site photos
Description of Cherry Mine
James Cherry
page two mine pics
Page Three Mine Pics
Page four Mine photos
Page Five Mine Photos
Page Six Mine Photos
Page Seven Mine Photos
Page Eight Mine Photos
Page Nine Mine Photos
Bell Signals etc.
Page Ten Mine photos
New Mine photos
Aerial Views
Cherry Mine Artifacts
Sunday Morning Crowds
Cherry Mine Model
Model Pics Set Two
Twelve Heroes Story
John Flood: Hero
Alex Norberg (Hero)
Read about Eight-Day Men
John Thomas Brown
George Eddy
Which Story Deserves Movie?
The Memorial and More
Miners Tombstones
Cherry Depot
Soldier Trains and more
Morgue Tent
Names of Victims
Names of Victims section two
Coal Mining Words
Map Diagrams
No Respect For History
The Day the Tipple Fell
Farewell letters
Sam Howard's Letter
More on the Subject
"Oneness" Press release
TRAPPED: Karen Tintori's new book
Ray Tutaj Model Projects
Last Days of The Milwaukee Road
Milwaukee Road Car
St. Paul Coal Mine Office
Remembering the disaster.
100th Anniversary/Car Show
100th Anniversary Photos
100th Anniversary photos by Candy Brown
100th Anniversary pics from Karen Tintori
We need Your Help (1909 song)
Cherry Word Puzzle
Favorite Links
About me
Tour of Mine Site
Contact Me
100th Anniversary Documentary Available and More!
Cherry Mine Disaster Historical Society
T-Shirts, Sweatshirts etc.(100th anniv.)
Train Photo CDs Available
Train Video DVD's Available
Train -e-books NEW!
Workers Compensation
Cherry MIne Enthusiasts Remembered
How You Can Help

THE 91st Anniversary Photos includes 3 photos
Night Falls on the St. Paul mine in Cherry IL.

This time exposure of the model was taken after sunset of course. I put some lights inside the boilerhouse and tipple to bring it to life. The boiler house on your left was used to supply steam power to work the mine machinery such as the cages. There were six massive tubular boilers in this building. The Tipple as seen on the right was the main structure on the site. The coal brought from the mine below was brought up through the mainshaft and rose into the tipple upon the cages. The pitcars or mine cars that carried the coal were pushed from here to a designated spot in the tipple and then were"tipped" to a lower level of the structure where the coal was rinsed and separated. The coal was then dumped into the railroad coal cars underneath the massive tipple. Remember too, that all the slag, dirt, and rock was brought up this way too, but was sent to the slag dump piles which to this day are a landmark for Cherry IL.

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This B&W photo is of the model too!
Looking Northeast near the tipple.


This B&W picture is of the Model Tipple I built for the 90th anniversary (1999) of the mine disaster.

I had never built a more difficult model than this one. It is entirely scratchbuilt and had taken me about eight months to complete. It was extremely tedious work and while building it I thought to myself, " What have I gotten myself into now?" Each beam and girder was individually placed. To duplicate the actual Tipple seen in the numerous photographs I had to use a magnifying glass to study the structure thoroughly. If I did, then I knew when the time came to take pictures of the model set up outdoors, it would look highly realistic! The tallest section of the Tipple is called the headframe. Directly below this is the mainshaft with a depth of approx. 500ft! The enginehouse which pulled the cages up and down is seen at lower right.

The St. Paul Coal Office was a Milwaukee Orange.
This is the third and final picture in set two. What does set three look like?

Cherry Mine office

Ray Tutaj out in the country for the all day shoot
From 5:am til 10:pm used up about 32 rolls of film, so i have got alot of dramatic pictures.