In-Depth : Harry E Coal Breaker II

 

01.27.10 Update :

Nothing really is left of the Colliery.

Last time was past there, some condos were behind and off to the side where the chutes crossed the road.

Some of the ties from the old Lehigh Valley were visable at one point in time behind the side street. The boro of Swoyersville was planing to take down the culm bank and make a new housing development there

 

12.14.06

Here are some shots of the Harry E. Breaker on the Swoyersville/Luzerne line. When I first started driving I used to go on the "Back Road". I just could not understand why they left it standing over such a busy road - as it was a potential clearnace problem.

The nick-name of the Breaker was "The Bucket of Blood". It was reputed to be very dangerous by local miners. Once in Bonka's Cafe an old miner told me about the breaker. He said to was a terrible place to work - many men were maimed and died there. Maybe more were maimed. At the time, Bonka's even had Steg on tap but the old miners would drink anything that was alcoholic...

I came across this batch of photos, taken on a sunny day in the early 1990's. You knew that this breaker could not last forever. At least at the time the Sullivan Trail Breaker was used for storage and other uses. The Harry E was "abandoned in place" and really nothing was going on with it by this time.

 

Harry E Coal Breaker, Swoyersville

In this photo the culm bank is visable behind the breaker. Much of this has been reclaimed now.

Harry E Coal Breaker, Swoyersville


 

Harry E Coal Breaker, Swoyersville

 

Harry E Coal Breaker, Swoyersville

 

These views show the nasty looking girders, trusses, pipes of the breaker.

Harry E Coal Breaker, Swoyersville

 


Harry E Coal Breaker, Swoyersville

 


Harry E Coal Breaker, Swoyersville


Harry E Coal Breaker, Swoyersville

 


 

Harry E Coal Breaker, Swoyersville


 

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