Buckets, Flanges, and Black Diamonds: Mining and Moving Coal in Pennsylvania

Buckets, Flanges, and Black Diamonds: Mining and Moving Coal in Pennsylvania

Buckets, Flanges and Black Diamonds:  Mining and Moving Coal in Pennsylvania by George J. Baumes.  Hardbound, copyright 2009. 128 pages.

“Coal is removed from the ground by one of two methods – surface or underground. This book offers a brief look at the operation of surface mining through hundreds of color photographs, scenes rarely viewed by the public because of the nature of the business. The surface mine gives a clear picture of men and machines coordinating their efforts with precision and safety, using many types of mining machinery to produce a ton of coal. Equipment in a surface mine ranges in size from a huge 5000 ton excavator to the pit boss’s company pickup truck.

          Author George Baumes was able to obtain permission to visit surface mines throughout Pennsylvania. He was also at trackside recording mile-long railroad unit coal trains delivering thousands of tons of coal to steel mills and electric plants. He followed commercial highway trucks hauling raw coal from mines to processing plants, and stood on riverbanks photographing towboats pushing strings of barges loaded with coal. Finally, he focused his camera on the anthracite region waste coal (culm) project. Once an eye sore, culm banks are being harvested for coal that was once rejected and is now used as fuel for several small power plants with special boilers.”

          – From the dust jacket of Buckets, Flanges and Black Diamonds:  Mining and Moving Coal in Pennsylvania by George J. Baumes

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