TL8565 : Mystery bollard, Bury St. Edmunds station

taken 6 years ago, near to Bury st Edmunds, Suffolk, Great Britain

Mystery bollard, Bury St. Edmunds station
Mystery bollard, Bury St. Edmunds station
Can anyone explain the purpose of this bollard, positioned near the lines that passed into the goods shed? Could that nearby cover hide a drive mechanism? Did they use a winding engine, ropes and a bollard to move trucks? Or maybe even horses with a towline round the bollard.

I have received this information from Geograph member Robin Webster.

"It is definitely a powered capstan for shunting wagons, which were usually hydraulically powered. The cover confirms it was powered, although in some rare instances an unpowered capstan was provided to enable horse shunting where the horse had no room to pull in the required direction."
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Date Taken
Saturday, 10 March, 2012   (more nearby)
Submitted
Sunday, 11 March, 2012
Geographical Context
City, Town centre  Railways  Derelict, Disused  Industry 
Subject Location
OSGB36: geotagged! TL 8520 6512 [10m precision]
WGS84: 52:15.1846N 0:42.7080E
Camera Location
OSGB36: geotagged! TL 8521 6513
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West-southwest (about 247 degrees)
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