Made in Greensburg, Pennsylvania, this battery powered locomotive or "lokie," hauled cars full of anthracite coal from the mine's depths to the surface for processing in the coal breaker. "Lokies," replaced mules in the transportation of coal out of the mine, increasing the quantity of daily coal production. The mine worker who drove the locomotive was known as "the motorman."
Photo courtesy of the Pennsylvania Historical and Museum Commission: "Electric Storage Battery Locomotive in Eddy Creek Mine", by John Horgan, Jr, circa 1919.
The Eddy Creek Mine was located in Olyphant, Lackawanna County, Pa.