Feedsee Transportation : Coal Transportation : Record trainloads of coal moving to nation's utilities as railway sets performance records
With winter energy needs nearing their peak, Union Pacific is moving record trainloads of coal from Wyoming's Southern Powder River Basin and coal-producing mines in Colorado and Utah. During November, Union Pacific moved twenty million tons of coal from there, an increase of nearly eight percent over the year before. Union Pacific also set train size records during the months of October and November. Trains moving coal averaged an increase of two hundred tons over last year's annual average. A new wheel-changing process in Nebraska helped the railway achieve the increased tonnage record. Wheels are changed without removing cars from a train, saving handling and processing time. The enhancement has the potential to increase train tonnage by more than 750,000 tons next year with no additional train starts.