Butterwell Opencast Coal Site, Northumberland. The Bucyrus-Erie 1550-W walking dragline ('Big Geordie') used to excavate rock from the deepest parts of the excavation. The gently sloping benches from which successively higher coal seams are extracted can be clearly seen in the background.
BGS image ID: P260809
Big Geordie's bucket. Butterwell Opencast Coal Site, Northumberland. Bob McIntosh