Clearfield Cluster Loses Coal Customer

The last coal train has departed from the mine and over the tracks of Cherry Tree branch of R.J. Corman’s Clearfield Cluster in central Pennsylvania.

Amfire Mining’s Clymer Prep Plant shipped its last unit train earlier this week. Just before 1 p.m. on Tuesday, a Komatsu WA600 loader dumped the final scoop of coal into the train.

An hour later 55 cars of the 105-car train departed Clymer for the final time. Thus ended the shipment of coal by rail by the steadiest coal producer located on the Clearfield Cluster. The Rosebud Coal processing plant at Bigler shut down at the beginning of the summer, ending the operation of the railroad’s shuttle trains.

Unit coal trains continue to move from smaller operators, but those moves are irregular. An ethanol plant at Clearfield is the operation’s largest customer. Corman acquired the line from Conrail in 1995 and made it part of its Pennsylvania Lines operating group. It was once a joint operation of the New York Central and Pennsylvania Railroad.

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