Saturday, April 16, 2016

Illinois Basin coal production is looking up?

Steven Grigg posted
Steven's comment:
This photo shows the switch & fairly new tracks that go to the coal mine near Hillsboro, IL. The view looks north up the original Clover Leaf Main. The old grain elevator in Coffeen can be seen in the far distance. I took this photo in February of 2015. This is in response to Arthur Shale's question about the "new" tracks. Steven Grigg
The fresh, white ballast made it easy to find this fork. And the "white line" made it easy to follow it north until it turned west and went to the south side of Patton Mining. Note the mine also has a connection with the UP/C&EI that runs through Hillsboro, IL.

Because of all I have been reading about surviving fossil fuel plants converting to natural gas and about coal mines closing, I was surprised to see some new construction to a coal mine. But it seems NS built this spur just in time for it to become unused.

Jacob Hortenstine there are no local shippers on that segment of the old Clover Leaf all NS wanted was the power plant and the mine.

But another comment indicates that the mine has been shut down so there is no traffic in or out at the present time.

I came across a video with a title about the growth of Illinois Basin Coal. It turns out, it is an increase in market share compared to Appalachia basins. Go to the chart starting around 1:11. Note that Illinois is getting a bigger piece of a shrinking pie because Appalachia is crashing faster. I don't understand what the "US" line means. And where is Powder River Basin output?

Jacob Hortenstine posted
Clover Leaf mine Coffeen Illinois 1908 was the mine owned by the Clover Leaf railroad or just named Clover Leaf mine.
Frank Olive heard it called Coffeen Lake and Lake Coffeen but never Clover Leaf Lake.Jacob HortenstineGroup Admin that is not the cooling lake for the power plant that is Coffeen lake this is older than that lake that was built for the power plant was told this mine located south of the tracks and east side of Coffeen.
It must have been an underground mine because I don't see any land scars in that area.]
Arthur Shale Look at all those gondolas in coal service, not a hopper among them.Raymond Breyer That's typical for all of the coal hauling railroads in the Midwest through the late 1920s. Look at the rosters of the CB&Q, IC, and even the Wabash, and they're full of thousands of flat bottom, drop door gondolas.

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