I made the initial post about who the Wandering Woodsman was. He has some really nice videos, but I don't think he will be able to answer all of the questions I have.
What I would really like is to find a current, or retired miner in the Southern Field. Lykens area or Good Spring? Why slope mines vs. drift mines? Were these guys just going down into old slope mines and extending them. Very few drift mines. The mines went N-S, but the veins went E-W, so how did they determine when and how to blast another hole into rock to get to the next vein? We all know there had to be pillars, but how did they determine where to leave the pillars. How did they get the coal to the slope mine entrance? Must have been by rail. Where did they get the rail, which is smaller than railroad rail? Muckers? How did they get rid of the overburdon of rock to get to the next vein and get it out of the mine. Here in the southern field, I think the overburdon is Pottsville Conglomerate. not shale. That's hard rock. Ventiliation? All of this mining is either electric or air powered. How did they get the air lines down and blow out CO2 and methane? Bunch of technical questions that only a miner could answer.
Okay, any miners, retired or otherwise want to comment. This is all the technical stuff about anthracite mining and should not be lost. We've all seen the pictures of abandoned mines, so let's hear it from the guys who worked there.