Coal Traffic through Farm
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Thanks to everyone - especially Glen and Alex. The scales have fallen from my eyes.
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On Aug 20, 2021, at 8:29 PM, NW Mailing List <nw-mailing-list at nwhs.org> wrote:
Westbound coal through Portsmouth was primarily metallurgical coal (for coke) destined for steel mills in Pittsburgh (via barge) and Chicago (via rail) and other Great Lakes facilities. Eastbound coal through Bluefield was primarily steam coal headed for power plants in the South and Northeast. Since there were mines producing each kind of coal located throughout West Virginia, Virginia and Kentucky, it was inevitable that some of each would pass in opposite directions on the way to market.
08/20/2021 12:26 PM NW Mailing List via NW-Mailing-List <nw-mailing-list at nwhs.org> wrote:
> Hi all. The article on Farm in the last edition of The Arrow - along with the “High Noon” series - has done a good job describing how complex coal traffic and operations were.
> Time for a naive question. The Farm article talks about eastbound coal going uphill toward Eckman, with the same crews bringing westbound coal back down to Farm and beyond.
> It may have been stated in the Pocohantas Division “High Noon” article, but what was the purpose of loaded coal crossing paths? I assume different characteristics for different markets?
> Matt Goodman
> Columbus, Ohio, US
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