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  1. A type of self-acting incline in a mine. A balance car is attached to one end of a rope, and a carriage for the mine car is attached to the other end. A loaded car is run on the carriage and is lowered to the foot of the incline, raising the balance car. The balance car in its descent raises the carriage when the carriage is loaded only with an empty car. Fay
  2. The means of maintaining tension on a rope transmission or haulage system, consisting of the tension carriage, attached weight, and supporting structure. Fay

Source: Dictionary of Mining, Mineral, and Related Terms

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