Those not familiar with longwall mining or equipment should first refer to the Longwall section of the Fundamentals of Coal Mining module of this web site and even for those who are familiar it may be worth referring to the specific items of interest in the Fundamentals of Coal Mining module as some parts contain information which leads into the following. Some of the notes in the longwall parts may be repeated here, but generally knowledge of the basic systems will be assumed.

For additional information on modern longwalls the publication by G. W. Mitchell, which can be accessed via a link in the references section of this part, is strongly recommended.