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Welders work to repair the Spade's dipper

At about the same time, with the spade's future in question, the unthinkable happened: The dipper broke.
More 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.

The Spade's Cab, welded closed with steel plate.

Photo: Steve Wolken