RAILWAYS MOVE LOW-SULFUR COAL ON LONG WYOMING-GEORGIA HAUL

RAILWAYS MOVE LOW-SULFUR COAL ON LONG WYOMING-GEORGIA HAUL

Low-sulfur coal has started moving on a regular basis from the Powder River Basin of Wyoming to a power plant in Forsyth, Ga., about 65 miles southeast of Atlanta.

Chicago & North Western Transportation Co., Union Pacific Railroad Co. and Norfolk Southern Corp. are moving unit trains of coal 1,800 miles, one of the longest hauls in the United States, to the Robert W. Scherer Power Plant.The plant is operated by Georgia Power Co. of Atlanta. It is jointly owned by Georgia Power; Oglethorpe Power Corp., Tucker, Ga.; Florida Power & Light Co., Miami; Municipal Electric Authority of Georgia, Atlanta; Jacksonville Electric Authority, Jacksonville, Fla.; Gulf Power, Pensacola, Fla.; and the city of Dalton, Ga.

The coal is first picked up by CNW in north central Wyoming, transferred to Union Pacific at Morrill, Neb., and Norfolk Southern takes it from Memphis to Forsyth.

The Scherer plant has four units that can burn a total of 14 million tons of coal a year. Only two of the units are being converted to Wyoming coal. Eastern coal is used in the other units.