Colliery Locomotive, 1919
This impressive steam locomotive was used at the Powderly Colliery during the golden era of the anthracite coal industry. Weighing 24 tons, the locomotive was manufactured in 1919 by Vulcan Iron Works in Wilkes-Barre, Pennsylvania for the Hudson Coal Company.
Powderly Colliery was located in northern Lackawanna County in the second anthracite district. In 1919, the year that this locomotive was manufactured and purchased, the Powderly Colliery mined a total of 466,950 tons of anthracite coal and had 892 employees. This steam locomotive is one of fourteen similar machines that the Hudson Coal Company owned at its four collieries in the second district.
An engineer was responsible for the operation of a colliery locomotive or "lokie," which pulled the coal cars that were above ground. The last known engineer of this particular engine was Mr. Walter Chubb.
The Pennsylvania Anthracite Heritage Museum acquired this colliery locomotive in 1987 through the generous support of many individuals in the surrounding community.
Photograph of a Colliery Locomotive with Personnel, 1912
From left to right: John Pasterchik (brakeman or engineer); Mr. Jadick (fireman); Mike Taher (engineer); Mr. Warholick (unknown position); and an unidentified docking boss.
From Mr. Michael Pasterchik
Location. 41° 25.036′ N, 75° 42.972′ W. Marker is in Scranton, Pennsylvania, in Lackawanna County. Touch for map. Marker and locomotive are on the grounds of the Pennsylvania Anthracite Heritage Museum, in McDade Park. Marker is at or near this postal address: 22 Bald Mountain Road, Scranton PA 18504, United States of America.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 2 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. The Loading and Supply Dock (about 400 feet away, measured in a direct line); A Tribute to Anthracite Coal Miners (approx. 0.2 miles away); Veterans Memorial (approx. 1.1 miles away); Avondale Mine Disaster (approx. 1.3 miles away); The Bivouac of the Dead (approx. 1.9 miles away); Rev. William Bishop (approx. 1.9 miles away); a different marker also named Veterans Memorial (approx. 1.9 miles away); Scranton (approx. 2 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Scranton.
Also see . . .
1. Vulcan Iron Works at Wikipedia. (Submitted on July 16, 2017, by William Fischer, Jr. of Scranton, Pennsylvania.)
2. Hudson Coal Company Mining Operations. (Submitted on July 16, 2017, by William Fischer, Jr. of Scranton, Pennsylvania.)
3. Pennsylvania Anthracite Heritage Museum. (Submitted on July 16, 2017, by William Fischer, Jr. of Scranton, Pennsylvania.)
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Credits. This page was last revised on July 16, 2017. This page originally submitted on July 16, 2017, by William Fischer, Jr. of Scranton, Pennsylvania. This page has been viewed 61 times since then and 12 times this year. Photos: 1, 2, 3, 4. submitted on July 16, 2017, by William Fischer, Jr. of Scranton, Pennsylvania.