The works of Sakubei Yamamoto
Transport (inside the mine)

Coal Sled Platform in the Middle and Latter Half of the Meiji Era (1868-1912)
1964 - 1967

Meiji Chu-koki Suradana
[Coal Sled Platform in the Middle and Latter Half of the Meiji Era (1868-1912)]
38.3 x 54.4 cm Painting in Watercolors and Ink

Coal sled platforms (suradana) were impossible to build in levels leading to thin coal seams. When miners built these platforms, they had to double-track the section of the railroad and cut and raise the roofs above them in order to make it easier to dump coal in coal sleds into mine cars. These platforms were only for coal conveyance from ascending coalfaces. It was easy to build them at the entrances to steeply inclined haulage ways in middle and large-scale coal pits. Not all pits had these platforms. When mine car allotment was delayed (hakonagure), miners using these platforms had to wait for them for an excessively long time (and could not do their work).

Lyrics of "Gotton Bushi" Song
Kane no aru uchya oyabun kobun.
Kane ga nakunarya shiranu kao.

Henchmen will follow their boss when he is rich.
But they'll leave him when his money is gone.
Gotton (Clang)! (Interjected chant)

Translation Assisted by Mr. Nathan Johndro

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