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Photo-a-Day  (Wednesday, 18th January, 2017)

Another coal truck

Another coal truck

Photo: Mick Byrne  (Panasonic TZ100)
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Comment by: DTease on 18th January 2017 at 00:20

Didn't they use to shove a steel bar known as a 'Scotcher' in between the spokes of the wheels in order to lock the wheels on an incline? Hence the saying 'To put a Scotcher in the works'.

Comment by: britboy on 18th January 2017 at 03:07

Nothing like I've ever seen before down a mine.

Comment by: . Ozymandias . on 18th January 2017 at 07:42

Is this the one outside The Globe Mick ?

Comment by: Aubrey on 18th January 2017 at 09:42

DTease you are correct, but I think the word is just 'scotch'. On a very steep incline there would be a scotch in each wheel, a double scotch.
The pit lads on haulage would often throw a scotch into the spokes, rather than place it in as the wheels turned,which could injure your hand if you weren't careful.

Comment by: old bob on 18th January 2017 at 10:14

Where is this located Mick?

Comment by: Maurice on 18th January 2017 at 11:46

The haulage lads were experts at throwing the scotch,on the photo,only the wheels and the bottom
frame look right

Comment by: Mick on 18th January 2017 at 11:53

More or less opposite Chadwicks butchers

Comment by: Cyril on 18th January 2017 at 12:53

Mick, when I was a volunteer at the RSPCA and walked the rescue dogs kennelled at Gilmore's; they would be overjoyed at being able to scratch up some grass and sniff wee mails in that little garden before having a tour of Standish Wood Lane, it was good fun, especially seeing them go to a good forever home.

Comment by: PeterP on 18th January 2017 at 15:32

This is the second photo of a mine tub.From what age era does either of the tubs come from ? I worked down the mine 1969-89 and never saw any tubs like in the photos.

Comment by: britboy on 18th January 2017 at 17:00

Here's the tub I alway saw, maybe some smaller versions but alway rounded corners...[url="https://www.google.com/search?ei=KZ1_WJ-cCY7cjwO2ooyoBQ&q=ncb+coal+tubs&oq=ncb+coal+tubs&gs_l=mobile-gws-serp.3...6681.11171.0.13055."]tub[/url]

Dunno if a link can be it on p-a-d but you can always copy and paste if it doesn't

Comment by: PeterP on 18th January 2017 at 19:51

Looked through Album Work Colliery lasses photo like 1st tub from 1890

Comment by: fred foster on 19th January 2017 at 17:08

The colliers at Stones pit had scotches with a hooked end so that they could hang them on the tub. The best person at scotching up was Wilf Birkett, who played in goal for Southport. A journey of tubs would come down the roadway from the Yard mine loader and he would be waiting with about 15 scotches lined up and as the tubs went past he could throw them in accurately and stop them. He rarely missed with any.

Comment by: Tony Haslam on 23rd January 2017 at 23:10

This tub is a 10 cwt box ad they called them. The man is right who says they turned them out from a rope haulage to gravitate towards the pit bottom, but if not regulated hey would go too fast. The haulage hand at the pit bottom would very skilfully scotch the tubs up to slow them down. I worked at Lyme Pit in Haydock and remember watching the man at pit bottom who,had it off to a fine art.

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