Tuesday, January 20, 2009

We spent about ten hours here during two separate trips. This place was HUGE. Semi active campus with buildings that seemed to range from the early 1900's to the early 1980's. There was a large children's hospital, workshops, what seemed to be a detention center, a church, kitchen building, it just went on forever. They are currently constructing new buildings as well. We ran into a homeless guy walking around in one of the newer buildings. Lots of signs of squatters and scrappers in there. Large amounts of medical equipment and records left to rot. Like most of the others, this place was eventually shut down by the government due to neglect and abuse.

Wednesday, January 7, 2009

This Old Breaker, was constructed in 1930 and began operating in 1932. Half of the village was relocated in order to create room for Reading Anthracite's Breaker, the largest coal breaker in the world. 20 miles of railroad track were laid, 3,800 tons of steel and more than 10,000 cubic yards of concrete were used. A mile and a half of conveyor lines, 25 miles of conduit, 26,241 square feet of rubber belting, 118 miles of wire and cable and 20 miles of pipe were installed. When the breaker was constructed it was divided into two sides. Each side could be operated independently, producing 12,500 tons of coal a day. Once the raw coal enters the production process within the breaker it took just 12 minutes to pass through the entire breaker.For 31 years, the Breaker prepared all sizes of Famous READING ANTHRACITE for the markets of the world.
We arrived at dawn and spent around four hours on the property. There were several buildings full of tools and equipment. This place was great because of the lack of vandalism or scrapping.

This is Tom hanging out on a 75 year old steel ledge ten stories high. This was pretty nerve racking to watch.
Tom's page:http://tombphotography.blogspot.com/

Forty years of settled dust.

These were in the shower room.

This thing went up so far, it just disappears.