Power Plant Location

Discussion in 'Scratchin' & Bashin'' started by jimnrose, Jul 22, 2002.

  1. jimnrose

    jimnrose Member

    HELP. I built a Walthers 'Northern Light & Power' structure and was planning to put it in an industrial area near the freight yard, but it is a big building and would look better next to a large rock formation in the vacinity of a coal mine . Soooo, were power plants ever located near a coal mine and have coal delivered directly via coal shafts?. If so, did the shafts come into the side of the building or thru the roof or is there a better scheme?
    Thanks, Jim
  2. roryglasgow

    roryglasgow Active Member


    The Texas Municipal Power Agency's power plant in Carlos, TX was until fairly recently fueled with lignite coal that was mined across the highway. They had a conveyor belt that ran from the mining operation, under a highway bridge and up to the power station. I believe that the station was later converted to use anthracite, which they ship by train (BNSF) from Wyoming. Here are some links that might be useful:

    http://terraserver.microsoft.net/im...6&z=14&w=2&ref=P|Carlos, Texas, United States

    The second link is an aerial photograph of the plant. Extending from below the center to left of center at the bottom (make sense? :)) is the conveyor. The conveyor is no longer there. I think that the mine has been closed. The mine was run by Navasota Mining.
  3. jimnrose

    jimnrose Member

    Thanks for your help and photo links. I've decided to move the power plant to the foolhill of a mountain thereby bringing the power plant to the coal mine instead of hawling the coal to the plant. Take care, Jim
  4. 60103

    60103 Pooh Bah

    So, Jim, what are you going to do with those 300 scratch built and super detailed coal hoppers now?
  5. jimnrose

    jimnrose Member

    Hi David,
    The good/bad news is that I'm still building up my rolling stock. I have a large layout which includes many mines and a seaport, sooooo there will be plenty of rail activity.
    Take care, Jim

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