I'm a member of the Ashley Breaker Preservation Society in Ashley Pa. The society was begun by Ray Clarke to try and raise awareness of and preserve the Huber Colliery, owned and operated by the former Blue Coal Corporation. The breaker has since been demolished, but the society has switched tracks to historical education and preservation efforts.
One such project is the switchman's shanty mentioned in the title. I volunteered to restore the shanty, which was moved from a site along former NJC trackage west of the breaker.The shanty was moved to the society's Miners Heritage Park on Main Street south of the Blue Coal office building.
A few weeks ago, I began making new window frames for the shanty. Since the shanty is exposed to the weather, I chose pressure treated yellow pine for the frames. I have been documenting the progress by taking photos. I have added several to my website. The link is included in my signature at the bottom of the post. The photos can be found by clicking on the New Page blocks in the heading. There are currently four pages, but only the first three have photos at this time.
The original windows were double hung single pane non divided sashes. I am constructing the sashes true to original design, but the sashes will be fixed due to the somewhat remote location of the shanty on the park premises. I have several crates of old glass that I will be using to help maintain authenticity. These were given to me by a friend who owns a local glass business.
I will be making the sashes after the frames are complete. The shanty is an eight sided concrete structure, with six- eighteen by thirty eight inch window openings. One wall is solid, and the opposing opening is for the door. I will most likely be fabricating the door, or modifying an existing door, as the opening is not a standard size.
Other items in the collection include two mine cars, which are being restored, a tower signal, which is slated to be restored this year, and a new steel building that replaces the former dynamite house located in a concrete revetment below the site of the signal and shanty.
Above, is a link for the society, and there is a facebook page as well. I will be adding photos to my website as work progresses. I will also be including the photos to the society's website after I contact the web master.
There is a granite monument dedicated to the men who worked in the mine, located in the center of the park. A picture of the Huber Breaker is engraved on the monument; it was made from artwork by Bernie Gavlick, a young local artist, who drew the sketch in pencil when he was in high school.
Thanks for looking,