Inside the main crusher building. This was the miners' main morning commute. Men would climb the stairs beside the rail - stairs that reach an incline of 45 degrees further up, and originally had no handrails. There are over 300 steps in this staircase.
The rails were for hauling up equipment. A winch a the top would haul up a small flatbed car. Men were forbidden to ride on it for safety reasons - no brakes, and no stopper at the bottom. If the cable broke, that car would probably smash right through several buildings before stopping. It never happened here, but did happen at another nearby site.