Photo Gallery

 
To see what kinds of big machines are used to produce coal, take a look at this photo gallery of machines used in surface mining and underground mining.  This is a shovel used in surface mining. To see the size of this shovel, notice the man standing next to the shovel in the lower left corner. 

Shovels and haulage trucks are used in surface mining operations to extract coal from the Earth and move it to other locations such as coal trains and beneficiation plants.