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There are several power plants on the Kansas City Southern that use Powder River Basin coal. They are the Kansas City Power and Light La Cygne power plant near Amsterdam, MO; Empire District Electric plant at Asbury, MO; Gulf States Utilities' R. S. Nelson plant at Mossville, LA; Southwestern Electric Power Flint Creek plant at Gentry, AR and Welsh plant near Pittsburg, TX. Southwestern Electric Power was KCS's largest single customer. Coal traffic contributed 30% of KCS's operating revenue until the merger with MidSouth in 1994.
Train 97 is stopped in Heavener, OK for a crew change on May 6, 1986. I tried getting as many pictures as I could when the sun broke through the clouds. The train had engines 678, 646, 664, 672 and BN 7193. Train 97 is taking PRB coal to the Gulf States Utilities' plant at Mossville, LA.
In 1953, KCS installed GRS CTC from Heavener to Mena, AR 41 miles. There were no previous signals on this line. Disk 84