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Portal and washery, John Darling Colliery, Belmont North, pit ponies coming off shift.

  • Portal and washery, John Darling Colliery, Belmont North, pit ponies coming off shift.

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    Pit ponies were commonly used underground in mines from the mid-18th until the mid-20th century. Typically, they would work an eight-hour shift each day often hauling around 30 tons of coal in tubs on the underground mine railway.

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