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Sunday was such a great beautiful day, so I decided to let my work around the house go by the way-side for awhile. Grabbed my camera gear and headed up into the Coal Region Area to see what I could find. You always can find something up here.
Just outside the Coal Mining Town of St. Clair, I found out that there was some big machinery that are used to clear ground in open pit mining. Just what I was looking for! It took me a bit to find this place, because when you get out on the back roads in Coal County you can very easily get lost. Once you get out here you find that there is nothing here, but scrub, trees, and coal clum ( Clum is a word that’s used to describe shale waste & Coal dirt that has been dumped in this area for years. There are really mountains of this stuff!) It’s very barren.
I found this area I was told about and to my surprise there were a number of machines here just for me! The Bulldozer above is one huge machine. You almost can’t believe how big this is. I stood inside the scoop and still had room over my head. I stand 6’5″ tall and the top was at least 3 feet over me! The Width of the scoop had to be 10 feet long or more! Imagine what it costs to run one of these things?
Here’s another look at this huge thing. This machine could doze away ground by the ton. It can make short work of a coal area. This is why strip mining is frowned upon up here. It does nothing but scar the Land!
Here’s another one. This huge coal, ground, and shale truck is called a “Yuke” in Coal Country. Where it got that name, I have no idea. The dump must be able to hold tons of material at one time. It is used to haul material from a open pit mine or other site. These trucks have massive Diesel engines that must chew up fuel by the gallon. Would have liked to sit in the drivers seat, just to get a idea of how it feels to drive one of these, but thought it not a good idea. Just my luck I’d get caught and face a big fine!