Blantyre Man’s Clever Invention

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The Sunday PostSunday 04 July 1920

Blantyre Man’s Clever Invention

Safety Colliery Cage to be Tested.

The miners descend in an open cage to the mine bottom.Blantyre, Saturday. Mr Robert Strang, young fireman, employed at Auchinraith Colliery, who resides at Carrick Cottage, has just brought out an invention which he claims will stop a colliery cage going at full speed and the event rope snapping. He has built miniature shaft 2 feet by 2 feet, and 8 feet high, with bunting 18 inches apart, and his cage is a replica of that used in collieries.

Simplicity and strength, are features of the apparatus, which is worked with lever power, evenly distributed, holding the great weight. In an ordinary colliery the width of the shaft from side to side is 8 feet, and Mr Strang’s apparatus when extended will be 11 feet.

The apparatus was on view at the Christian Institute, when the inventor gave a demonstration of its working before a large gathering of the members of the Scottish Colliery Firemen’s Association, and after passing successfully through the severest tests the invention gave general approval.

The next step will be a demonstration for the Home Office, and Messrs Merry & Cunningham have decided to put the apparatus to a practical test at their Auchinraith Colliery. The apparatus is also applicable to hoists, and works equally with both steel and wooden sides.



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