JANUARY 2020: Adam Twombly explores the final days of the isolated Black Mesa & Lake Powell, a privately-operated line in northern Arizona built to connect a coal mine to an electric power plant in the heart of Navajo country. Ron Flanary and Sam Phillips take us to Appalachian coal country and an unusual mountain switchback that continues to move coal for CSX. Emily Moser wraps up her two part series on the history and future of Detroit’s Michigan Central Station, while Frank Keller takes us to the Alaskan frontier to shoot a rare plow extra. All this and more in the January issue of Railfan & Railroad!
The low price of natural gas forced the closure of the coalfired Navajo Generating Station in the northern Arizona desert, spelling the end of the line for the isolated Black Mesa & Lake Powell Railroad.
In the freight railroad business it’s often difficult to determine what’s really going on. For instance, freight business is down all over the country in the last year. But is this something serious or just a temporary blip?