Photo: "Sorter"

Here's another image from the former coal breaker near Manahoy City, Pennsylvania.

These sorters were located near the top of the facility and helped pick through the coal to weed out the unusable materials. 

This coal breaker opened in 1932 and is currently being demolished after being closed for 50 years. Sad to see her go.  

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Photo: "A Life Lost"

Unfortunately, today's image comes with a sad story of a history lost. The Saint Nicholas coal breaker, just outside of Manahoy City, Pennsylvania, is undergoing demolition as I write this post. 

The plant opened in 1932, but to begin construction in 1930, half of the village of Suffolk had to be relocated to make room for the massive facility. The construction process included laying 20 miles of railroad track, 1.5 miles of conveyor and 118 miles of wire and cable. 

The Saint Nicholas breakers were the largest coal facilities in the world and at the time this was the second largest plant in the world. The factory was constructed with 2 separate sides that are able to operate independently and produced a combined volume of 12,500 tons of coal per day. 

This plant closed since 1963.

Photo: "Escape"

In 1931, the Philadelphia and Reading Coal and Iron Company's constructed the Saint Nicholas coal breaker in Gilberton, PA. The breaker was one of the largest in the world, with over 20 miles of track and 1.5 miles of conveyors. Each half of the building operated independently, but together they produced a combined total of 12,500 tons of coal per day.

The breaker operated for a number of years before closing in 1963.