Asian demand for coal could bring more trains rolling on Montana rails

Allison Roberts News

The number of freight trains loaded with coal that pass through Montana could significantly grow in the next several years, thanks to the planned development of new ports on the West Coast with an eye on the abundant coal of Eastern Montana and Wyoming.

The Northern Plains Resource Council estimates demand from Asian markets at the new ports could mean 20 to 30 additional fully loaded 120-car coal trains each day coming from Montana, and the same number of empty trains traveling the other direction

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