In May of this year
Jeff Solley and I were given the opportunity to visit two of
Starvaggi coal's mine sites, to photograph some parked equipment.
I was expecting to see 2 draglines, but when we
arrived. we got a little bonus. Besides the 2 drags, we found a
parked BE190B shovel, several be drills, a drill-tek drill, and a
really nice D10.
Our Guide for the day.. Mike Wehr, Had taken time
from his busy schedule to take us to these machines and had made
arrangements with the Guards at each site... so that we could drive
right in and up to the base of each machine. Now THAT'S
SERVICE. ( although we weren't allowed to "test drive"the
machines... I wanted to take one through McDonald's drive thru)
Starvaggi Mined coal in the Eastern Ohio, Western
Pennsylvania and Northern West Virginia area for years, but has
since gotten out of the mining end of the coal industry, turning
instead to transportation and brokerage. As a result, These machines
were parked over 10 years ago, and the future is uncertain for them.
In order to comply with The mining permits, once the
reclamation is complete the machines have to be removed from the
land. As you can see from the pictures the reclamation is done,
so the machine are just waiting for the inevitable.
Our time visiting these machines was limited, we
had a lot of ground to cover and not much time to do it in, so
I didn't get the chance to take as many pictures as I would have
liked. I've just got pictures of the two drags, the 190b shovel and
the D10. Click on the links below to see these machines.
Hopefully, I'll be able to go back for more pics soon.
Bucyrus Erie 1250B dragline
Bucyrus Erie 1260B dragline
Bucyrus Eris 190B loading shovel
Caterpillar D10 dozer
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