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County Express
incorporating
BRIERLEY HILL, STOURBRIDGE, KIDDERMINSTER & DUDLEY NEWS
SOUTH STAFFORDSHIRE & EAST WORCESTERSHIRE CHRONICLE


No. 112.] SATURDAY, 20th., FEBRUARY, 1869 [ PRICE ONE PENNY

DISTRICT INTELLIGENCE
DUDLEY

THE REMOVAL OF WATER FROM COAL PITS. - An engineers contrivance for superseding the labours of the ordinary banksman at the mouth of a coal pit containing water has been put in operation upon Messrs. Cochrane’s at Woodside. At the No. 12 Pit (the old “Ten Score”), it is necessary to draw water in order that the mine may be gotten. The operation is performed in the usual way, by barrel and runner, but the later does not require the later to push it off towards the basin. Mr. Thomas Hughes, the colliery engineer, after much consideration, determined to make the runner self-acting and thereby do away with the arduous duty devolving upon the banksman. The apparatus consists in the first place, of a right angled link placed upon the pit chain, and so arranged that it comes in contact with a lever, holding a chain attached to the runner, under the centre of the drum shaft. This lever is knee’d about nine or ten inches from the top. When the coil of chain has nearly filled the drum, the link presses forward the lever three feet, and causes the runner to cover the shaft, ready to receive the barrel containing the water. When the link leaves the lever - which it does by the slightest motion of the wheel - the runner, with the barrel, inclines towards the basin, and the barrel is emptied. By means of chains attached to the lever, and a balance weight, the runner is then restored to its original position by the side of the shaft, and the engine being reversed, the barrel descends. The whole operation is neat and clean, and works with the regularity of a clock. The engine-tenter is tied to no particular distance in winding up the barrel, for the link is firmly fixed, and acts upon the lever at the proper second of time. During the week many visitors, scientific and otherwise have witnessed the operation at the mouth of the shaft.

BLACKHEATH

GOODS STATION.- On Tuesday last a deputation of Manufacturers was received at Railway Station, by A. Bill, Esq., the District Goods Manager of the Great Western Railway Company. After presenting a memorial from the manufacturers and traders of the district asking for the erection of a Goods Station at Rowley, the deputation supported the same by pointing out the requirements and, disadvantages under which it laboured with the present system. Mr. Bill promised to lay the memorial and observations before the directors at their meeting on Wednesday, and to do all in his power to forward the interest of the trade in the district. He could say that it was the intention of the Company to erect a station but the time for commencing it had not been fixed, but he (Mr. Bill) would make such arrangements, that any Trader could have his goods delivered at Rowley Station and he had little doubt but that further accommodation would follow soon. On the motion of Mr. Somers (of Halesowen,) a vote of thanks was accorded to Mr. Bill for the very courteous manner in which he had received the deputation. Mr. Bill briefly replied, thanking the gentlemen forming the deputation and assured them that he should always be willing to listen to any suggestions they could from time to time make, as the interests of the manufactures and Company he considered where identical.

 


LOCAL & DISTRICT PETTY SESSIONS
OLD HILL - WEDNESDAY.
(Before F. W. G. Barrs, Esq., and Major F. D. L. Smith)

DRUNK IN A RAILWAY STATION. - James Cutler was charged with obstructing Thomas Higgs, stationmaster at Cradley, on the Stourbridge Extension Railway, while on his duty in that station, and with unlawfully being drunk in the same station at the same time therefore committing an offence against the bye-laws of the company. - As he pleaded guilty the charge was withdrawn on his paying costs.