...Scranton is an interesting town (railroad wise). So is most of PA. I am a true railfan (vast wealth of "useless" info...depending on who you talk to). But as a "true railfan" I will tell you my friend, if you have any interest in anything remotely about railroading...you are a railfan. Railfans and most people here in this forum would get along well together. Coal and the railroads were(and still are) closely related. Stop and think for a moment of the vast knowledge that develeoped over a hundred years...that disapeared almost overnight. The steam locomotive??? Amazing technology...that was thrown by the wayside. Not because it didn't work but because something "simpler" was needed?
...Coal to a railfan holds a special place. My hometown up here in Massachusetts has 12-17,000 tons of coal pass through on a weekly basis! Have you ever stopped and watched a coal train pass by? I've been out west (Colorado) quite a few times. The powder river region of Wyoming yields quite a bounty in black diamonds! It's an awesome sight to stand in the shadow of a 117 car coal train with distributed power whisking by you at 70MPH!
...How does coal relate in rail terms? 15,000 tons per mile(of train)...
If you ever want to be amazed...do a little research back when "steam ruled the rails"...the old timers forgot more than we will ever learn.