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[Note 151.3] "Five hundred and thirty tons of the best coal, In the space of twelve hours we can lift up this hole" :- The introduction of steam powered cages greatly increased the productivity of the mine. The Durham Chronical 28th September 1838 quoted the report of the half-yearly meeting of the Durham and Sunderland Railway as saying "the revenue [for the half year just ended] "exceeds that of the preceding one by £1,364.15s 6d, there having been an increase in the passenger department of 1,700 individuals and a proportionate increase in the transit of coal…for several months past the whole of the coals won at the Haswell Colliery have been conveyed along this line".


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