Cable drum and handbrake at Airly

Cable drum and handbrake

Photo: Bryan Ayling collection

 This overgrown apparatus comprises a cable pulley and screw handbrake, firmly anchored to a timber post and tram rails. Perhaps it was used at the bankhead of the Airly self-acting incline, in which case it seems to have been relocated a short distance, some decades ago. 

Ref: Shale mining relics at Airly by Brian Ayling

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