|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