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Similar type of driller to an "Elliot" machine,whereby the "stand" is ratcheted to the roof,and the drill is wound into the seam by sheer hard work!

Note his "Centre - line" on the roof.

Note also the rail-ends,which were referred to as "the plate-ends",in the days long before rolled-steel rails came along,they were flat "plates",four feet long,with a raised section running the length of the plate,where the tub wheels ran on.

Hence the old pitmatic saying...." A hevn't been nae fartha thin the plate-ends owa the weekend..."!!

Meaning "I haven't been anywhere over the weekend.."

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