Thursday, October 28, 2010

MGA caboose on the Loveridge Secondary

Down in East Fredericktown the other day I spotted a MOW train parked on the siding near the ferry.  I didn't know there were any MGA cabooses still in service.  The Monongahela Railway was merged into Conrail in 1993.

 MGA 901

 Appropriate for an autumn Sunday

Wednesday, October 27, 2010

Brier Hill, PA

Why not start out by posting some actual original content that people may find useful.  The mining community of Brier Hill, PA isn't much of anything these days.  Originally a captive mine/coke works of the Youngstown Sheet and Tube Company of Youngstown, Ohio (as far as I know), it was once a booming little village.  I believe it was originally populated largely by Polish immigrants, as the Catholic church there was named St. Hedwig's, a Polish saint.  Here are some photographs that our forces captured from an enemy encampment are from a private collection whose owner was kind enough to allow me to scan them.

 Polish Rectory, possibly 1920's
 St. Hedwig's, 1920's
 About 1910
  About 1910
  About 1910
  About 1910
  About 1910
  About 1910
Garage, 1950's (this building burned down several years ago)
 Honor Roll, 1950's
 The mine, 1950's
 The playground, 1950's
 Reservoir, 1957
 Reservoir, 1958
 St. Hedwig's interior
 Coke ovens, 1950's.  Clearly out of service.
 Slate cars in 1923
 Rt. 40, 1950's
 Mine, 1950's
 Smoky Row, 1947
 Smoky Row, 1950's
Home of Superintendant L.D. Perry, 1952

Back in Fayettenam

I was born and raised here in Fayettenam, and after a brief campaign in Waos, I was deported back to my homeland.  It's good to be back.  I will soon be establishing a base of operations, and before you even think of going in it and killing my doods, I'm not going to tell you where it is!  This base will be known as Bartertown.  Oh and before you ask, I'll just tell you right now, *I* run Bartertown.

I've never done a blog before, so I figure after beginning life anew in many ways, why the hell not give it a whirl.  More to come, though I have no idea what that will consist of.