Full Throttle Z FTCOL44 Open 33' Rib Side 2-Bay Hopper Set #1, Colorado Coalers (2-Pack)

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Full Throttle Z FTCOL44 Open 33' Rib Side 2-Bay Hopper Set #1, Colorado Coalers (2-Pack)
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Coal mining in Colorado was originally spread across the State. Currently, 11 active mines in the West rank it tenth in US coal production. The Colorado and Southern Railroad served CO, WY, NM, and TX from 1898-1908 when the Chicago Burlington and Quincy Railroad bought its rights. It ran independently until 1970 when it was absorbed by the Burlington Northern Railroad which eventually merged with Atchison Topeka and Santa Fe Railroad to become Burlington Northern Santa Fe Railroad. In the second half of the 20th century, the expansion of the Powder River Basin of MT and WY - one of the largest coal regions in the world, fueling over 40% of our nation's power plants - was instrumental for railroad consolidations and big railroad coal freight action. The C&S and CB&Q via the BN became huge players in supplying our entire Midwest power grid with the commodity. Supplying even Canada and the UK, major coal companies such as PEABODY have mines and hopper traffic throughout the area shipping worldwide. Here are two hoppers from the Steam to Diesel Era of coal railroading in Colorado!
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