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?

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