Wooden railways ........time to do some research......kodiakbear wrote: ↑Fri Mar 22, 2019 1:41 amVery similar to Ancient Roman mines.
Unlike the more modern mines you see in old west movies they would not have expensive metal rails or rail carts, grooves in the stone or dirt would have been more likely with log rails with groves also possible. Wooden rail carts would likely have the same wheel axle distance of other Roman vehicles since the Roman empire loved consistency. Water was used in a lot of ancient mines so wooden ducts could take it in and screw pumps and water wheels could get it back up for wooden water ducts to take it back out. I list all this water hardware to make flooded mines and attacks from above water ducts a possibility in a DF mine.
Which lead to some interesting facts about Waggonways and Dandy carriages.
Wooden railways and equivalent were introduced in the 16th century and in some cases consisted of two lines of planks separted by a small gap/gully with the carriage have a ventral wooden rod that would be long enough to ride in the gap between the planks, Scalextric style
BTW the Romans used pulleys and slaves.
DF doing mines and all the associated paraphernalia would be cool and have no objection to them in a wooden fashion, this would probably be more work.
We like the idea of have separate tracks that could be laid out on existing cavern sculpt, again that feels like a lot of work to make them fit 'snuggly'.
DF could certainly create other mining elements such as pulley cranes, water extraction wheels and screws and of course carts and miners.
Certainly a lot of scope here, other ideas we had was to create vertical rock walls that could then have magnetised scaffolding and pulley carts added to give that 'mining a gold seam on a cliff face' look.
Overlays could be used to create different types of seam such as Gold, Copper, Diamond, Quartz etc.