news about the
work to repair the Spade's dipper
about the same time, with the spade's future in question, the
unthinkable happened: The dipper broke.
than a few of us thought that this might mean the end, and for
a while we all held our breath. Though Consol had the dipper
repaired, the spade only worked a few more days and was
parked. Before long, the spade was parked, welded closed,
and fenced in.
welded closed with steel plate.