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montclaire
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Plans underway for work on D&H historic site
 
« on: Dec 30th, 2010, 10:12am »
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Here's a link from today's Scranton Times - http://thetimes-tribune.com/news/authority-moving-ahead-with-plans-for-historical-site-in-archbald-1.1083803#
 
 
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The Gravity Slope Authority plans to preserve and open to the public several buildings formerly part of the Delaware & Hudson Coal Co.'s Gravity Slope Colliery.
 
Situated by the Laurel Street trailhead for the Mid-Valley Ontario & Western Rail-Trail, the property consists of four buildings: a shifting shanty where miners changed and showered, a fan house, oil house and oil storage tank area.
 
"It's a major part of Archbald's history and the area's history," authority chairman David Lamereaux said. "There aren't too many mining buildings in eastern Pennsylvania in the anthracite region that are still standing and can be preserved."
 



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« Reply #1 on: Dec 30th, 2010, 10:23am »
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Just a thought, this might make a good alternate destination for Steamtown's "Limited" runs or a short excursion for school groups.  
 
I believe the row is all still in use and maintained and its not that far of a distance.  There may even been room to add in the necessary passing spur for the return trip...


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« Reply #2 on: Jan 1st, 2011, 6:22pm »
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The tracks are indeed in use and have seen more activity since the Carbondale yard was rebuilt. A group known as the "Underground Miners" were working to restore these buildings and some work has been done so far. I have many pictures of these buildings over a few years. There is room for adding a spur track as the region was once double-tracked, maybe even 3 sets.  
 
The location is in Archbald, right where the "Heritage" trail ends at Laurel St.  
 
I have a few pictures posted on my old site here.
 
http://nepaview.piczo.com/?g=43953452
 
Steamtown does sometimes does runs to Carbondale but this would provide another destination.
 
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« Reply #3 on: May 30th, 2012, 3:48pm »
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Hello, I just wanted to post a follow up here.  I have been working with a local non-profit that I am involved with to take on a portion of this project, and I am happy to say that one of the three buildings on the Gravity Slope site, the Oil House, will be completed by August 1st, 2012.  The group assigned to this has been doing a wonderful job, and the building will be in good shape for years to come.  If you wish to volunteer your time or donate, please follow the link below, and click on "current class projects."  Thanks
 
http://www.leadershiplackawanna.com/


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« Reply #4 on: May 30th, 2012, 5:26pm »
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Any pictures of the current progress on the Oil House? I checked the facebook page and didnt see any recent pictures. Thanks again for the link!

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Nickel Plate Road "Berkshire" #759
Built: August 1944
Builder: Lima Locomotives Works
Driver diameter: 69 inches
Boiler Pressure: 245
Coal: 22 tons
Water: 22,000 gallons
Retired: 1958
Used on the famous High Iron Excursions
http://www.cr.nps.gov/history/online_books/steamtown/shs2o.htm
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« Reply #5 on: May 30th, 2012, 7:28pm »
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Most of the site work to this point has been clean up and prep, and necessary asbestos removal.  It will start going back together in about a week, week and a half depending on weather.  The building will get some new steel beams, a new steel roof, masonry repair and media blasting, an ADA ramp, new doors, windows, and updated electrical.  Stay tuned!

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« Reply #6 on: May 30th, 2012, 10:55pm »
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If I'm not mistaken, this project also received a State Grant for funds? I remember seeing an article in the Scranton Times about this.

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Nickel Plate Road "Berkshire" #759
Built: August 1944
Builder: Lima Locomotives Works
Driver diameter: 69 inches
Boiler Pressure: 245
Coal: 22 tons
Water: 22,000 gallons
Retired: 1958
Used on the famous High Iron Excursions
http://www.cr.nps.gov/history/online_books/steamtown/shs2o.htm
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« Reply #7 on: May 31st, 2012, 10:15pm »
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They have gotten at least one state grant, the site as a whole is under a federal one.

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« Reply #8 on: Jun 1st, 2012, 6:18pm »
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It is good to see progress on restoring those buildings. Good job!
 
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« Reply #9 on: Jun 3rd, 2012, 3:53pm »
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Mike, my part is just a small contribution.  Work should also begin soon on the Fan House and Shifting Shanty, the true gems of the site, although it will be a while before they are open to the public.  Those buildings will have to adhere more closely to restoration standards and much of the work is required to be bid.  The Oil House will serve as a base of operations for future fund raising and eventually as a reception center.  My hope for the site is to see Steamtown use it as a Saturday short excursion where riders will have about 45 mins to an hour to view exhibits and tour the site, but all that is out of my hands.  Time will tell.

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« Reply #10 on: Jun 4th, 2012, 11:34am »
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Montclaire, every persons contribution certainly helps. It's a great feeling knowing that a piece of history is being preserved instead of demolition, which is an all to common sight these days. Are the fans still intact in the fan house?

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Nickel Plate Road "Berkshire" #759
Built: August 1944
Builder: Lima Locomotives Works
Driver diameter: 69 inches
Boiler Pressure: 245
Coal: 22 tons
Water: 22,000 gallons
Retired: 1958
Used on the famous High Iron Excursions
http://www.cr.nps.gov/history/online_books/steamtown/shs2o.htm
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« Reply #11 on: Jun 4th, 2012, 7:57pm »
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Yep, the wooden gubial fan is still there.  One of the reasons why the Authority is keen to get the buildings more secure.  The man-way was sealed off a while ago but the opening will eventually be restored and kept as part of the site.  Now, if they could just get their hands on the Hudson Coal lokie that's up at McDade....  Lol

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« Reply #12 on: Jun 4th, 2012, 10:05pm »
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Thinking about it now, i believe i saw pictures of this complex before any restoration efforts were started on undergroundminers.com.

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Nickel Plate Road "Berkshire" #759
Built: August 1944
Builder: Lima Locomotives Works
Driver diameter: 69 inches
Boiler Pressure: 245
Coal: 22 tons
Water: 22,000 gallons
Retired: 1958
Used on the famous High Iron Excursions
http://www.cr.nps.gov/history/online_books/steamtown/shs2o.htm
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« Reply #13 on: Jun 4th, 2012, 10:42pm »
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They did some clean up work a few years back.  I had contacted them early on but never got a response.  I believe that the Authority has been fundraising and planning for over eight years, so I'm sure the miners have probably moved on to other interests.  I have to give them credit, I don't think you'd ever get me underground.  Haha

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