How do you commute in the morning? By car, bus, bike, foot? Spare a thought for the miners that worked underground last century.
These photos show the man car, also known as the crummy car. Up to sixteen men could squeeze in here, ready for the long haul underground. Pulled by a locomotive, the car, although cramped, took you from the surface to your place of work. As some of the tunnels were several kilometres long at the Britannia Mine, this made life much easier.
There was no lighting inside the car. However you did not want each man wearing his headlamp as you would blind the man sitting opposite. What tended to happen was that one man would wear his lamp hanging around his neck to give enough light for everyone to see by.
In BC, a crummy car is the name given to any type of van, bus or rail car used to transport resource workers such as miners or loggers.