Yup, it’s part three of my recent travels (holy cow Sterling, how many parts are there?) This journal post exclusively regards the St. Nicholas Coal Breaker in northeastern Pennsylvania. To check out the previous legs of my journey check out:
Part 1: NVF Factory in Yorklyn, Delaware
Part 2: I Finally Went to Prison for Photography
Funny thing about this trip. The weather was much more agreeable while I was on vacation than the times I’ve shot professionally this year. I need more of these great days on the job!
St. Nicholas Coal Breaker (2013)
Quite a structure, it makes an impressive emergence from the roadside.
It’s a total mess once you’re inside, your feet sink a good 2-3 inches as you’re immediately wallowing in wet coal. By the time I finished exploring, the clothes I wore were good for nothing but the trash. The coal eventually dried and flaked off my shoes.
Massive, massive, equipment.
The first room I ventured into has turned into a bird sanctuary and they’ve kindly left their marks claiming their territory.
St. Nicholas Coal Breaker II (2013)
Not sure what these are, they reminded me of seeing stacks of mufflers in a junkyard.
What would exploration be without slain chairs?
I very rarely move things around but recognize other photographers do when they go to these places. I’ll admit some of these spaces really lend themselves to theatrics.
Out of the Office II (2013)
As I hinted earlier, I’m not a huge fan of photogs going into abandoned places to only stage scenes, but everyone’s got their taste. Well before the breaker was overrun with explorers, someone captured an image of this locker room in which the benches were stock full of boots neatly placed side-by-side. I’m sure you can Google it. Like many industrial places, it was shut down with no notice, so the boots just sat there waiting for workers that would never return. Explorers have taken these boots, used them as props throughout the building and maybe lifted them outright. From what I understand someone tried grabbing as many they could find to return them. The room is still somewhat haunting, but it’s just not the same.
Again, love seeing this huge equipment. You probably had to dip yourself in a bath of bleach to clean yourself after a day’s work.
Trip ain’t over yet, stay tuned. 🙂