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or Engine Keeper, Haulage Engineman, Haulage Engine Attendant, Winding Engineman, or Winder

Winding engineman

At the controls of an electric winding engine at a shale pit, perhaps Breich No.1 & 2 pit. (R10-00226)


The engineman or engine keeper was in charge of operating and maintaining the winding or haulage engine at the pit head, retorts and bings or the industrial engines in use at the oil works. The position was one of great trust and responsibility.

Wages & Working Hours

Apprentice book

Apprentices book from Scottish Oils Ltd, Middleton Hall showing the salary of apprentice winders. (LVSAV2010.012)


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