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Photo courtesy of James Mackey, Nittany
& Bald Eagle General Manager

FEATURE STORY

Nittany & Bald Eagle Railroad Co. locomotives pick up the very first outbound loaded shipment from Graymont Lime in Pleasant Gap, Pennsylvania,
destined for the Homer City Generating Station in Homer City, Pennsylvania, on the Buffalo & Pittsburgh Railroad.

AWARDS

2016 ASLRRA MARKETING AWARD
WINNER: BUFFALO & PITTSBURGH
RAILROAD INC. AND NITTANY &
BALD EAGLE RAILROAD CO.
The winners of the 2016 ASLRRA Marketing Awards illustrate initiative, investment and perseverance. Congratulations to our award recipients, and thank you to all members that submitted
entries. In the Summer 2016 issue of Short Line Connector, we recognized the first of three winners, Reading & Northern Railroad. We continue the recognition with the Buffalo & Pittsburgh
and Nittany & Bald Eagle Railroads.

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onventional wisdom would not
suggest that a short haul to serve a
coal-fired power plant in the East
would be a good bet for new, long-term
business, especially when it involves three
railroads. However, Nittany & Bald Eagle
Railroad (NBER), Norfolk Southern
(NS) and Buffalo & Pittsburgh Railroad
(BPRR) brought just this move to fruition.
The railroads transport pelletized
lime from Graymont Lime at Pleasant
Gap, Pennsylvania, to the Homer City

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Generating Station at Homer City, Pennsylvania, as part of the facility's evolution from
one of the nation's dirtiest coal-fired power
plants to a model of how to economically
cut pollution.
The project is an outstanding example
of a public-private partnership. Homer
City Generating Station added scrubbers
to two units at a cost of more than $750
million, built a 120-car rail yard and
installed roughly 12,000 feet of track. The
Pennsylvania Department of Transportation

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contributed substantial grants for track construction at both origin and destination.
Graymont Lime, the shipper, built a
kiln and 2,800 feet of in-plant track to
support production and secured a private
covered hopper fleet of 90 cars. NS offered
equipment until the hoppers arrived. BPRR
laid 4,600 feet of track at its yard east of
the Homer City plant and rebuilt a bridge
to allow comingling of lime and coal cars.
BPRR personnel are responsible for unloading the lime and coal.
The three railroads cover the 190-mile
haul with 45-car trains operating on a
3 ½-day schedule. These trains operate
under a long-term transportation contract
and each year will deliver more than 3,000
cars of pelletized lime to Homer City. —



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