what happened to coal by frieght train ?

what happened to coal by frieght train ?

PostBy: mason coal burner On: Wed Sep 30, 2009 9:28 pm

why do we have to pay for the expensive shipping coal by truck? frieght train is alot cheaper. or can you get it off the train somewhere ?
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Re: what happened to coal by frieght train ?

PostBy: tsb On: Wed Sep 30, 2009 10:10 pm

Almost all coal yards years ago had rail service. The cars rolled above
the bins and had drop bottom gates. A rail car full of coal is a lot of coal.
As coal went out of fashion, the coal yards turned to trucks for smaller
amounts of coal. The rail service dried up, and there you have it. Progress.
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Re: what happened to coal by frieght train ?

PostBy: Freddy On: Thu Oct 01, 2009 7:17 am

I talked with a coal dealer south of here. I know RR tracks go close by him so asked why he didn't use rail. His answer: " I looked into it, but by the time I got it from the RR to here, it was more expensive".

That being said.... I heard rumor last year that someone was thinking of barging coal up the river to Bangor....but that rumor was when oil was sky high. I've heard nothing since.
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Re: what happened to coal by frieght train ?

PostBy: envisage On: Thu Oct 01, 2009 9:03 am

I have friends who live in Birdsboro, PA. Almost every time I go ti visit them there is a very long freight train carrying coal going through their town. I am pretty sure it is delivering to a coal fired power plant. Nevertheless, the thoughts I have about that coal ... :-)
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Re: what happened to coal by frieght train ?

PostBy: dll On: Fri Oct 02, 2009 7:12 am

Can anybody tell me what this topic and the other two that follow have to do with New Hampshire... :? ...
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Re: what happened to coal by frieght train ?

PostBy: tsb On: Fri Oct 02, 2009 7:48 am

The geographic location of New Hampshire is too far away to
make coal an economical fuel. We were talking about using
a Choo Choo to get coal to your area.
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Re: what happened to coal by frieght train ?

PostBy: BingeBob On: Sat Oct 03, 2009 2:49 pm

HAHAHAHAHA...OWNED...
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Anyways...I think its kind of sad that we have done away with the rail system. We still do have trains that go trough our state though and it sucks to get stuck at a rr crossing when youre late but i have no idea what they carry.
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Re: what happened to coal by frieght train ?

PostBy: whistlenut On: Sat Oct 03, 2009 5:26 pm

Amtrack is busy with the passenger service to Portland, ME.......Freight to Maine, some coal to PSNH in Bow,(OK lots of Coal) other general freight. Ever wonder why RR bridges that carry hundreds or tons for 150 years never crap out, but an Interstate bridge can't go thirty years; most only 20 yrs. Yes, I know about the bridge formula...make the damned things rugged enough to last more than couple decades! :mad:
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Re: what happened to coal by frieght train ?

PostBy: 009to090 On: Sat Oct 03, 2009 6:20 pm

As a kid in the early 70's we lived in Califon, NJ. Had a rail line running thru the center of town. Every day we would see at least one train hauling dozens of coal cars (counted 200 on one train, one time!) You could kinda guess how many cars were in each train by how many deisel engines they had linked together. Shortly after a derailment in town, they shut that line down permanently.
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