Coal trolley, c 1910.
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This horse-drawn cart was designed to be pulled by one horse and to carry a two-ton load of coal in sacks. The flat, open platform gave good acces to the load, and enabled the sacks to be loaded and uploaded from the rear and both sides of the vehicle. The load was made up of best coal for open fireplaces, and nut or second grade coal for kitchen ranges, which was bagged, weighed and loaded at the depot. The vehicle had no brake, and no seat was provided for the coalman.