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Location DB > United States > Pennsylvania > Mahanoy City > St. Nick's Coal Breakers
St. Nick's Coal Breakers
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created by Anonymous on 8/11/2006 9:54 PM
last modified by Anonymous on 1/13/2020 3:40 PM
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This location has been labeled as Demolished, and therefore can be viewed by anyone.
A very photogenic location, there's lots of interesting machinery to point a camera at. Stealth is important here.
 Basic Information
Type: Building
Status: Demolished
Accessibility: Moderate
Recommendation: forget it
 Physical Information

Mahanoy City, Pennsylvania
United States
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  •  Hazards
  • asbestos
  • rust
  • unsafe flooring
  • flooding
  • water
  • air quality
  •  Interesting Features
    An enormous coal chute, a lot of machinery, and offices that still have old records and manuals lying around.
     Security Measures
  • cops have recently busted an explorer here as well as scrappers
  •  Historical Dates
    Built: 1931
    Closed: 1976
     Required Equipment
  • flashlight
  • breathing mask
  • gloves
  • head protection
  • long pants / sleeves
  •  Recommended Equipment
    boots - in wet weather, lots of greasy black mud at ground level
    This breaker was built in 1931 and began operation in 1932. It was at the time the largest coal breaker in the world.

    Wikipedia says...

    The Old St. Nicholas Breaker, located just outside of Mahanoy City, Pennsylvania, on Pennsylvania 54. It was constructed in 1930 and began operating in 1932. Half of the village of Suffolk was relocated in order to create room for Reading Anthracite's Old St. Nicholas Breaker, the largest coal breaker in the world. 20 miles (32 km) of railroad track were laid, 3,800 tons of steel and more than 10,000 cubic yards (7,600 m3) of concrete were used. A mile and a half of conveyor lines, 25 miles (40 km) of conduit, 26,241 square feet (2,437.9 m2) of rubber belting, 118 miles (190 km) of wire and cable and 20 miles (32 km) 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 Old St. Nicholas Breaker prepared all sizes of famous Reading Anthracite for the markets of the world.
     Media Coverage
     Future Plans
    UPDATE: What remained of the breaker has been demolished. It came down in a controlled implosion on March 19, 2018. See link in "media coverage" for video.

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     Photo Galleries
    Click to view gallery
    Mon, Feb 19th, 2007
    posted by Vulp
    1 pictures
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    Morning adventure with Explorer H
    Mon, Feb 26th, 2007
    posted by Explorer_S
    10 pictures
    Click to view gallery
    Coal Cracka
    Fri, Jan 25th, 2008
    posted by Stuck in Kaos
    10 pictures
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    St Nicks 3/29/08
    Wed, Mar 11th, 2009
    posted by thirdbass41
    8 pictures
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    St. Nick 2011
    Fri, Jun 10th, 2016
    posted by Sheavy
    5 pictures

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     Web Links
    pix: http://www.opacity...s_coal_breaker.htm


    wiki: https://en.wikiped...._Nicholas_Breaker

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    This location's validation is current. It was last validated by Emperor Wang on 1/13/2020 3:41 PM.

     Latest Changes
  • on Jan 13 20 at 15:41, Anonymous validated this location
  • on Jan 13 20 at 15:40, Anonymous changed the following: History
  • on Apr 30 18 at 21:52, Anonymous validated this location
  • on Apr 30 18 at 16:00, Anonymous changed the following: Status, Recommendation, Media Coverage, Future Plans, Web Links
  • on Jun 12 16 at 19:31, Anonymous validated this location
  • on Jun 10 16 at 5:06, Anonymous updated gallery St. Nick 2011
  • on Jun 10 16 at 5:06, Anonymous added some pictures to a gallery
  • on Jun 10 16 at 5:03, Anonymous created a new gallery
  • on May 26 14 at 8:17, Anonymous validated this location
  • on Sep 8 13 at 14:12, Anonymous changed the following: Media Coverage, Future Plans
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