freetown fred wrote:When my Dad was a kid,he used to walk the tracks going to school w/ his American Flyer wagon (in Wilmington,De.) to pick up coal that fell off the coal cars to heat thier house
When I was a kid I would visit my relatives in the Olyphant, PA area. Right across the RR tracks was the largest mine waste pile I had ever seen. To me it seemed like a mountain. All alonge the pile there were chunks of coal the size of your fist. I bet could have heated my aunt and uncles house for years with what I could have dug out of there. In those days it didn't pay to reclaim this coal and it was just dumped.
Last time I went through Olyphant the pile was long gone and most of the other mining debris cleaned up. Subsidence is still a problem there but at least it doesn't look as depressed as it did in the 60's and 70's.