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Posted by: roc Posted on: Feb 25th, 2018, 6:51am
The Mt Tom coal-fired power plant has been shuttered and will be scrapped. I believe NS ran trains for this plant over the WNYP symboled 532/533.
 
Here's a shot of the final move at the plant to retrieve their in-house switcher, which happily enough has found a home on the Berkshire Scenic.
 
http://www.railpictures.net/photo/649390/
Posted by: Lfire83 Posted on: Feb 26th, 2018, 12:53am
Thanks for the info and pic, it's a shame that between the natural gas boom and EPA mandates that numerous coal plants are shuttering. The massive tax base these plants provide will be hard to replace for many of the small communities that have relied on them, and the rail corridors that coal traffic have helped keep vibrant now suffer.
Posted by: johnpbarlow Posted on: Feb 26th, 2018, 6:31am
Mt Tom Power plant was de-commissioned over three years back in December 2014. It had been used only as peaking plant since 2009 when it was determined to be unprofitable due to low natural gas prices. I'm guessing the last coal train off the NS was delivered to Mt Tom maybe 10+/- years ago? There was also a period of time around 2005 where P&W delivered imported coal from Port of Providence to Mt Tom via train/truck.
Posted by: bwparker1 Posted on: Mar 5th, 2018, 1:59pm
on Feb 26th, 2018, 6:31am, johnpbarlow wrote:       (Click here for original message)
Mt Tom Power plant was de-commissioned over three years back in December 2014. It had been used only as peaking plant since 2009 when it was determined to be unprofitable due to low natural gas prices. I'm guessing the last coal train off the NS was delivered to Mt Tom maybe 10+/- years ago? There was also a period of time around 2005 where P&W delivered imported coal from Port of Providence to Mt Tom via train/truck.

 
To the best of my knowledge, the only Power Plant in all of New England that might still be burning coal to generate electricity to send into the power grid is Bow in New Hampshire.  There may be smaller facilities like a paper mill somewhere still burning coal, but I believe Bow is the only show left in New England actually burning coal to make electricity.
Posted by: johnpbarlow Posted on: Mar 8th, 2018, 8:23am
As of October 2017, there is one other coal fired power plant in NH beside the Merrimack station at Bow: Schiller station at Portsmouth which I believe gets coal delivered via barge. In Connecticut, Bridgeport Harbor Station will stop burning coal by July 2021 when it gets replaced by a gas-fired plant (I assume coal is delivered here by barge, as well). And Brayton Pt power station at Somerset, MA near Fall River was retired last June.
 
And that's it for new England coal fired power plants!
Posted by: roc Posted on: Apr 11th, 2018, 8:28pm
on Feb 26th, 2018, 6:31am, johnpbarlow wrote:       (Click here for original message)
Mt Tom Power plant was de-commissioned over three years back in December 2014. It had been used only as peaking plant since 2009 when it was determined to be unprofitable due to low natural gas prices. I'm guessing the last coal train off the NS was delivered to Mt Tom maybe 10+/- years ago? There was also a period of time around 2005 where P&W delivered imported coal from Port of Providence to Mt Tom via train/truck.

 
There's dead and then there's the odd place in the brush and forest that dad and/or grampa said something about back when that clock is running. No one will miss the pollution, but the jobs and infrastructure increasingly seem irreplaceable.
Posted by: towny72 Posted on: Apr 12th, 2018, 10:48pm
on Apr 11th, 2018, 8:28pm, roc wrote:       (Click here for original message)

 
There's dead and then there's the odd place in the brush and forest that dad and/or grampa said something about back when that clock is running. No one will miss the pollution, but the jobs and infrastructure increasingly seem irreplaceable.

 
 
Roc,  
 
I hate to say it but as Americans we no longer care about our neighbors.. How many use self check out because they can not wait in line a few extra minuets?  How many of us have gone to paperless billing etc... Nobody thinks of how there actions will impact others.. We only fight for a cause that has an impact on us... "we" do not protest till its our job on the line.
 
Pollution is bad and I will ever argue that, I just wish the people protesting coal etc gave a 1/4 of the time they gave protesting coal to helping the displaced find new jobs.   But once the power plant closes we turn our backs to those displaced and move onto our next "feel good" battle.
Posted by: George_Harris Posted on: Apr 13th, 2018, 12:41am
on Apr 12th, 2018, 10:48pm, towny72 wrote:       (Click here for original message)

Pollution is bad and I will ever argue that, I just wish the people protesting coal etc gave a 1/4 of the time they gave protesting coal to helping the displaced find new jobs. But once the power plant closes we turn our backs to those displaced and move onto our next "feel good" battle.

I can never get past how absolutely clueless most of these "environmentalist" are.  How about them giving up air conditioning?  How about when a house electrical service of four 15 amp fuses was considered good enough.  Could they make it with that?  (We bought one of those in 1973 that had been built in 1939.  A complete rewiring was my major project for the place.)  If we really want to reduce energy consumption, figure out how to do with less electricity all the time, and I don't mean such things as unplugging your computer's power cord from the wall.  No dishwasher.  Do them by hand.  No clothes dryer, hang them on the line for the true solar powered clothes dryer.  Did you know that outdoor clothes lines are prohibited in many neighborhood covenants.  Reusable packaging?  Remember paying deposits on coke bottles and glass milk bottles that were reused?  I could go on and on, but I won't.