I would like 100 ton deliveries also. The 100 ton unloader was decommissioned about 40 years ago. VERY sad for us.
Rail is by far the most economical means of transportation on the continent. Water and rail used to be the method of choice in coal and still would be if big oil didn't put the hurt on them. Perhaps the greed and union issues didn't help much either.
Each industry seems to have its own method of shooting itself in the foot. What goes around, comes around.
I guess the possibility of having a small nuclear reactor in each town is out the window....
This desire to find a coal source and have it delivered in small quantities at a very cheap price is just not possible. Economy of scale does not occur with such small quantities......and will not. A 'Fair' price is subjective to each person.
Bob up in Ft Kent gets a terrific deal at less than $250/ton because truckers from his area are deadheading back from lumber deliveries and a little money sure beats nothing for the long ride. It is closer to $300 a ton (or more) here, a few hundred miles closer to the source. It is what the market provides, and being thrifty is not the same as being downright 'Cheap Pr**k'.
If you cannot consider it fair for everyone in the supply chain to be paid for their time and services, then you need to look elsewhere for a heating source, you don't deserve to burn coal.