Black Mesa and Lake Powell Railroad
|Black Mesa and Lake Powell Railroad|
|Locale||Navajo Nation, Northern Arizona|
|Dates of operation||1973 to Present–|
|Track gauge||4 ft 8 1⁄2 in (1,435 mm) standard gauge|
The Black Mesa and Lake Powell Railroad (reporting mark BLKM) is an electrified private railroad operating in Northern Arizona, USA within the Navajo Nation which transports coal 78 miles (126 km) from the Peabody Energy's Kayenta Mine near Kayenta, Arizona to the Navajo Generating Station power plant at Page, Arizona. It is completely isolated from the national rail network and does not interchange with any other railroads.
During normal operations the railroad operates 3 round trips per day on a 24-hour-per-day basis. The BLKM uses E60 locomotives that were either built for the railroad or purchased from Mexico. Eventually, all six E60CFs built new for the railroad will be replaced by six of the 'newer' ex-NdeM E60C-2s acquired in the late 1990s. Two additional E60C-2s will be kept for spare parts. The refurbished E60C-2s are being repainted into the company's revised red-white-blue horizontal stripe paint livery.
Forty new aluminum coal hoppers have also been purchased from FreightCar America to replace some of the aging fleet of thirty-year-old FMC and Ortner hoppers.
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- Carr, Wes. "Black Mesa & Lake Powell". trainweb.org. Retrieved March 14, 2006.
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- "Trains - Black Mesa & Lake Powell". trainweb.org. Retrieved March 14, 2006.