Hey guys, Here is an interesting former US Steel met coal mine and railroad: Back around Easter I was doing some coal/railfanning along the Mon river south ofMessage 1 of 3 , Apr 28, 1999View SourceHey guys,
Here is an interesting former US Steel met coal mine and railroad:
Back around Easter I was doing some coal/railfanning along the Mon river south of Pittsburgh towards the state line of WVA. I happen to run across a railroad bridge that looked to be built about 20 years ago. Going back to US Steel's old Robena prep plant (now owned by Consolidation Coal) I saw more rails overhead headed for Cyprus Cumberland's Alica
loading docks. Not seeing these on my maps I was curious. Following the rails by car west back into Greene County I was caught by surprise
by a loco and about 50 hoppers. I snapped a pic but had other places to go so left this one on the back burner. From what I've been able to figure out since, US Steel built this railroad in the late 70's from docks on the Mon River back into Greene Co. about 25 miles to their new Cumberland mine which I believe was built to mine their Robena reserves - the Robena mine having grown to large to operate economically. I understand that this line has NO outside connection to any other rr's so all equipment is trucked in! Several years ago US Steel sold this mine to Cyprus-Amax Coal and they continue
the operation of this interesting mine and railroad. This line is so unusual that I plan to return to the area this summer to check out the whole
operation. I'd appreciate it if anyone has any info about this.
Ron, Thanks for the info!!! Very senic and very interesting! According to my underground mine maps of the area I assume that Cumberland was built to furtherMessage 2 of 3 , Apr 28, 1999View SourceRon,
Thanks for the info!!! Very senic and very interesting!
According to my underground mine maps of the area I assume that Cumberland was built to further mine the US Steel's Robena reserves...just seems expensive laying a new railroad in that far to get the coal to the Mon River. I guess it must have been cheaper than keeping the roof in Robena up over 20 or 25 miles and hauling it by belt underground.
Joe: Hello. Just signed on to the list on Monday evening and not knowing what to expect, I thought I d wait and see just what type of discussions were takingMessage 3 of 3 , Apr 28, 1999View SourceJoe:
Hello. Just signed on to the list on Monday evening and not
knowing what to expect, I thought I'd wait and see just what
type of discussions were taking place.
Being somewhat familiar with the Cumberland mine railroad,
I believe I can help you out a bit. US Steel built this line circa
1975, it extends from the mine at Gump (PA) to the barge
facility on the Monongahela River - approximately 17 miles.
Cyprus-Amax acquired the operation in (I believe) 1993, it is
now operated by their Cyprus Cumberland Resources Corp.
subsidiary. The original unit, #1 (EMD SD38-2 756078, 12/75)
was joined in 1997 by the ex Yankeetown Dock #22, also an
SD38-2 (776049-1, 12/78). From what I understand, #22 is now
the main unit and #1 has been relegated to backup service.
Both units are kept in an engine house located at the very
end of the track at Gump.
As you probaly saw, there's several good photo locations
along the line. I have a handful of 35mm slides I shot in Oct
1994, this was after Cyprus Cumberland repainted #1 from it's
light blue USS livery to the darker blue that it now wears.
Haven't been able to catch the railroad operating in the past
few years but I understand the #22 is still in it's Yankeetown
Dock paint minus the lettering.
I believe they are still making at least one round trip per
shift, am told the #22 faces east so I guess the morning
loaded run would be the one to chase. #1 was also facing
east in 1994, imagine it still is as I don't believe they have
any way of turning the units. If they do, it would have to be
at the river end of the line.