THE MAHONY PLANE

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While taking a drive up to the Historic Coal Mining town of Shenandoah, PA you have to travel up RT 61 North to where the highway splits off into RT 54 that runs right into Shenandoah.  Just before entering the town you travel down a incline and then back up another, like what is shown here.

Little do some people know that this was once the sight of the Mahoney Plane where when Coal was King, Coal was hauled up and down the mountain by means of a Incline Plane.  The Incline Plane was located right here at this spot.  The Plane was built by Irish immigrants in the early 1800’s and provided a means of moving Tons of Coal from one mountain to another.  It was powered by a 6000 hp engine that moved Coal cars up and down the mountain at the same time.

Coal cars, left, wait to be hoisted from the foot of the Mahanoy Plane in this 1890s image.

Coal cars, left, wait to be hoisted from the foot of the Mahanoy Plane in this 1890s image.

6,000-hp. engines were world’s most powerful

By DONALD R. SERFASS dserfass@tnonline.com

 

The above Image, that is not my picture, is what the Incline Plane looked like back when Coal was King.  Most people don’t even take notice of the Historic sign that is placed along side the busy highway to show what once used to be here.  I must give credit to Donald for placing these Images of the old Plane on the Internet.  Without them I could not show History from the past.

 

Thanks for stopping by and reading.

Les

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