Having never been around the coal industry, much less anthracite, I have a few questions. I posted these in a thread, but it got buried. I hope they aren't too redundant or worn.
I had heard in recent years that the anthracite deposits in the US were nearly depleted. Reading the Blaschak website, it states that the anthracite coal supplies now come from abandoned and destroyed mines. From some of the threads on this site (which, by the way, is really amazing for someone like me), it is said there are only very few PA counties which have the anthracite deposits. So, is it true that most deposits/mines have been mined out?
Also, what is a tipple (sp?)?
And what type coal did they use to stoke railroad steam engines? I am assuming whatever was most available/cheapest?
The only coal I've ever been around is bituminous and that is why, I'm thinking, that no one burns coal around here, anymore. In fact, you can't even find a coal dealer anywhere close, even though coal was mined as close as 60 miles. I tried to find some for an Otter River Grand wood/coal cookstove, but no luck.