Steve Wolken's

Powder River Basin



Once dumped it is crushed into no bigger than 2" lumps and loaded unto a conveyor belt to the coal storage silo.

The hopper cars are then loaded automatically from the    15, 000 ton coal storage silo.  Black Thunder ships so much coal they have an underground 100,000 ton auxiliary storage facility.  The golden rule is always have plenty of coal ready to load the trains.