Coal Transport | Coal Use | Finding Coal | History of Coal Use
Domestically, coal is moved primarily by barge and rail, although it may initially move by truck from the mine. About one billion tons per year. In many cases it is transported long distances, for one of two reasons. First, a particular type of coal may be needed far from where it is found. Examples include coal with a low sulfur content that reduces sulfur dioxide emissions, and special coal used to make steel. Second, a lot of coal is burned to make electricity in places where no coal is found locally, so it has to be brought in. In addition, some coal is exported by ship, mostly for steel making in other countries.
American Society of Naval Engineers
Business and Economy: Transportation: Organizations
The Surface Transportation Board and the Federal Railroad Administration for railroads.
Energy Information Administration (home page)
Trade periodicals and Publications.
Fieldston Publications publishes Coal Transportation Report, Coal Transportation Manual,
Rail Business and Intermodal Business.
Railway Technical Research Institute.
Burlington Resources is a railroad that brings much of the coal from Wyoming, now
the largest coal producing state, to the electric power plants
of the Midwest.
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