Last October Nancy and I were at a dinner party in Seattle. The coal train topic was a lively discussion during the evening. At one point a story was shared about a former railroad executive from the East now a farmer with vineyards along the Columbia River. He was concerned about the amount of coal blowing, bouncing, and otherwise being "lost" from the coal cars passing near his vineyard and home.
|Don McDermott at his vineyard near the Dalles along the Columbia River|
|Darker strip along the rail is powered coal|
|Each rail car is known to lose 600 pounds of coal along the route|
|Powdered coal along the rail 4 to 6 inches deep|
be strong, be safe, Carlan