WPR News
8:09 am
Mon January 23, 2006

Rail Projects Will Enhance Coal Sales

Gillette, Wy – After years of trying to get more rail traffic a couple of projects could help get more Powder River Basin coal into the marketplace. The addition of an additional third rail on one rail line and another 19 miles of track is expected to have a positive impact on the Coal market in Campbell County. Arch Coal Spokesman Greg Schaeffer says rail expansion projects can be hard to come by and he thinks these projects will make a difference. Getting enough of the product to market has been a source of frustration to some in the industry. But Schaefer thinks that since 2005 was such a big year for coal sales that it has made it financially lucrative for train companies to push for expansions.