St. Nicholas Coal Breaker


Category Exploration Date Status Province / State Country
Industrial July 23, 2008 Demolished Pennsylvania United States

Posted on: Wed, 07/23/2008 - 15:15 By: Mike

History: 

This coal breaker entered service in 1932 after the town, in which it was constructed, was largely relocated to make room for it. Some of the impressive statistics of this facility include 20 miles of railroad track, 3, 800 tons of steel, and 10,000 cubic yards of concrete combining to make this plant happen. When in operation, it took coal only 12 minutes to pass through the entire process, ready to be shipped.

The breaker completed its usefulness and was closed in 1963.

Update March 15, 2018: Demolition was completed today.


Personal Commentary: 

I arrived at this location and were immediately impressed. The only question now was, where do I stash the truck?

I noticed a road leading up the hill directly across the street and thought that might be ideal. It was completely out of sight from one direction, and only visible from the other direction if someone looked up. And let's face it... most people never look up.

When I got out of the truck, I noticed that there were also foundations of other buildings there as well. I decided that this was, indeed, the ideal place to park. It wasn't until much later that I would learn that this was a favorite place for smurfs to set up speed traps.


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