1908 machine used in Gary W. Va. mine - what is it?

I'm trying to figure out who built this machine and when it was actually done. Looks kinda too cool for 1908 IMHO. I'm probably looking it up all wrong but I can't find any info.

Official description, "Machine used in Gary W. Va. mine that digs the coal and loads it on the car. With it 3 men can do the work of 50 in the old way. Yet they use boys to drive and trap."

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KD: Does it look normal to you for 1908? How was it powered in your opinion?
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This must be the precursor to the machines known as "joy rippers", funny name for a machine that looks no fun to get caught up in.
Funny thing is they supposedly did not come about until 1948.
This I guess is electric due to the cables but can't tell if the motor is driving any hydraulic motors.

It looks to be a fantastically engineered piece of equipment though.

On a side not I play games for fun and the latest being Fallout 76 which is a post apocalyptic(after nuclear war) sim based in WV in 2076, which is why I know a little about this area such as the The Greenbrier
Small world eh!
 
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    This I guess is electric due to the cables but can't tell if the motor is driving any hydraulic motors.
    Wondering if those could be compressed air hoses.

    Isn’t it amazing that we have a piece of sophisticated equipment with no known history. At least up to this point I have not seen any. Meanwhile there had to be a group of educated dudes to design, try out and send it to production. There had to be a factory assembling these machines and producing replacement parts. This info is AWOL, and this machine exists in a format of a single photograph, like it was some sketched prototype.

    This machine is an example of equipment we should be seeing involved in any process requiring the use of technology. We get horses instead.
     

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    Wondering if those could be compressed air hoses.
    After looking some more they maybe water lines to keep the dust at bay.
    Isn’t it amazing that we have a piece of sophisticated equipment with no known history. At least up to this point I have not seen any. Meanwhile there had to be a group of educated dudes to design, try out and send it to production. There had to be a factory assembling these machines and producing replacement parts. This info is AWOL, and this machine exists in a format of a single photograph, like it was some sketched prototype.
    Nothing, half an hour of searching and almost thirty tabs open and still the use of these types of machine did not start till 1948.

    Although google ngram give a spike (no pun intended) for ripper in 1908 ish

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