So, like i said over on the intros page, we have a group called abandoned mine research, inc. we have been running around the anthracite fields for the past 9-10 years photographing studying and researching the old mining operations in the area. some of our members work (or volunteer) at all of the anthracite mine tours as tour guides and for winter maintenance work . myself and adam volunteer at pioneer tunnel in ashland, banks works at the lackawanna no. 190 slope and volunteers at pioneer, and mike a. volunteers at the no. 9 mine tour in lansford. one of the things we did at pioneer last year was open an old gangway for part of the tour. in 3 months we shoveled out 250 tons of rock, muck old timbering and slate by hand into mine cars and hauled it outside. we run several tours a year through the different coal fields. generally the highlight is stopping at one of the 3 mine tours. next year we are starting something different where we are going to hit all 3 mine tours in one day, visiting all 3 coal fields, and all tours in the mine will not be the "standard" mine tour, they will be given by us. this im thinking will be a big hit but we will talk more about this later. if there is enough interest, we may do it once a month, im betting people will love this. another thing we do is restore old mine equipment. one of our most ambitious projects was the the total restoration of a 1926 whitcomb electric storage battery locomotive. we have laid over 300 feet of rail to run it on and have about a thousand to pick up yet. we also have several mine cars to restore for local organizations. for more information on our projects click on that link on our webpage. we all feel the anthracite history needs to be preserved and our goal is to restore equipment to operating condition to demonstrate how things worked and were done years ago. so, feel free to check out our website but plan on staying for awhile, we have over 5,000 photos we have taken over the years in and around old mines in the area. if anyone has any questions please ask!