UP, BN TO ADD COAL TRAINS IN NEBRASKA

UP, BN TO ADD COAL TRAINS IN NEBRASKA

Nebraska's Panhandle will see more coal trains as Union Pacific and Burlington Northern railroads prepare to add and lengthen trains to meet rising demand for Powder River Basin coal.

The changes affect trains running through Morrill, Mitchell, Scottsbluff, Gering, Alliance, Neb., and Torrington, Wyo."There's a huge demand for more coal to be moved," UP spokesman John Bromley said. "We're doing everything we can to meet that demand."

Powder River Basin coal, mined primarily in eastern Wyoming and southeastern Montana, is in demand because of its low sulfur content.

And high demand is forcing UP to add 10 coal trains to the 44 that pass through the region each day, Mr. Bromley said. The railroad's coal train traffic has increased 17 percent in the last year.

UP is also increasing the length of its coal trains by 45 to 65 cars, Mr. Bromley said. Current trains are about 110 cars. That means trains that are about 1 1/4 miles long will grow to nearly two miles long.

BN spokeswoman Susan Green said the railroad expected a 5 percent rise in coal traffic. This means BN add four to the current 70 BN coal trains running through the Panhandle daily. The length of BN's trains probably won't change

because sidings can only handle trains of 120 cars.