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 Post subject: Hello fellow coal miners!
PostPosted: Thu Oct 23, 2008 4:21 pm 
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Location: Southern Illinois, USA
Howdy all,

My name is Shawn and I am from southern Illinois. I am new to coal mining and out of luck started out doing (and still doing) coal train loadout work. I love working in the coal mines and make good money :) Hope to make new friends here.

Shawn

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PostPosted: Thu Oct 23, 2008 4:37 pm 
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Location: Mayflower, the capital of Wilkes- Barre
Welcome! Im Brian from Wilkes barre pa (anthacite region) not a coal miner though I work in bank fraud (i initiate claims and investigate it, not commit it :) anyhow welcome to the board

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PostPosted: Thu Oct 23, 2008 4:52 pm 
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Location: Within 60 Miles of the Northern Anthracite Field
hey shawn, welcome aboard! good to have fellow miners on here and trade some stories. most of us are from the anthracite region of northeast pa, but we more than welcome discussion from other areas and look forward to discussing different mining techniques.

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PostPosted: Thu Oct 23, 2008 6:08 pm 
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Location: SW Indiana
Shawn,

I'm not a miner but, I'm on the fringe of the Illinois Basin in Indiana.

I assume that your coal is from underground? I knew a few Illinois Coal folks back few years ago or lifetimes ago compared to most of these guys.

Word of caution. Take everything you know about mining and put it on hold. These anty guys do things completely different. It will be an education.


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PostPosted: Thu Oct 23, 2008 6:09 pm 
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Location: Central Ohio
Welcome aboard ! We are Ohio Vintage Coal (non profit group) located in Central Ohio we go through your area often.

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PostPosted: Thu Oct 23, 2008 11:46 pm 
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"Word of caution. Take everything you know about mining and put it on hold. These anty guys do things completely different. It will be an education."

-----------Thats right! we'll trow ya for a loop out here!

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PostPosted: Fri Oct 24, 2008 7:40 am 
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@Brian = I used to do security work and was a private detective for a security firm, so I kind of did what you did in a way. My old security job got me in this mining gig :)

@Everyone = Thanks for the welcome :D I hope its not a big deal but I am non-union, I wish we were a union mine but union coal mining is a thing of the past in southern Illinois. :(

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PostPosted: Fri Oct 24, 2008 11:06 am 
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Welcome aboard , there are some really good and knowledgeable people on here.

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oh boy, mike a. is gonna love this! all of us independent miners are non union! those guys dont like our smaller mines.

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MY name is Heath, and I am also from Southern Illinois. I am currently a red hat working in a non union mine also.I guess the big difference between me and Brian is that I am underground.


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PostPosted: Tue Nov 11, 2008 12:20 pm 
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If you are referring to me Ive never worked underground, or above ground for any mining operation, I have an interest in it and local history as well, but as far as working in the industry, this website and exploring and photographing abandoned anthacite mining areas is the closest I get to it in the white collar world :roll:

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Sorry Brian I had you confused with Lodout


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Welcome Heath!

might as well jump right in......
You guy running continuous miners or longwall? How many guys underground at your mine?

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Thanks for the welcome. I am currently working on a CM unit, at a Long wall mine. I think there are @ 350 people at this section of the mine and about the same at the other part of the mine.


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hmm, versus the 7 of us that work at the slope mike a. banks and i work at, thats alot of people :lol:

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