CF&I Mine Rescue Car No. 1 is the last of these railroad cars. It was originally deployed by the U. S. Bureau of Mines (USBM) in Trinidad, CO in 1910. Joseph Holmes, the first Director of the Bureau is credited with concept of the rescue cars to assist at and investigate mine disasters (USBM Photo). E. H. Wetzel of CF&I Fuels Department put together the first rescue car in response to the deadly 1910 explosion at the Primero Mine.
| CF&I Mine Rescue Car No. 1 was originally built in 1882 by the Wallace Palace Sleeping Car Company in Dayton, OH. CF&I purchased he car from the USBM in 1924 and operated it as a mobile safety training classroom until 1941. It was saved from the scrap heap in 1994 and restored in 2006. It made its debut at the Steelworks Museum in 2007.|
The restored interior now contains exhibits relating to the carís use in mine rescue, recovery, and safety training.
MHAers inspect the restored car and the mine safety exhibits. Click here to see a 1913 view of one of the USBM mine rescue cars (USBM Photo).
(Left and Above) The kitchen and an office are shown in two views of the restored mine rescue car interior. The original cars were self-contained and were given the highest priority by the railroads serving mining areas. Eventually the USBM phased out the wooden cars in favor of steel Pullman cars.
The original cars carried Draeger rescue breathing units. This is a later type of U. S. Bureau of Mines approved mine rescue breathing apparatus.
Safety manuals were written is several foreign languages for use by immigrant miners who did not speak English. This one is written in Greek.
MHAers tour the CF&I office building. This room was part of the Engineering Department and had been filled with drafting tables.
Foundry moulds are waiting to be added to the Steelworks Museum collection.