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Norfolk Southern upgrades Va coal facility

Friday - 11/30/2012, 2:58am  ET

NORFOLK, Va. - Norfolk Southern says it has completed a major upgrade to its Lamberts Point export coal transloading facility in Norfolk.

The railroad operator says the improvements position the facility to be the largest and fastest of its kind in the Northern Hemisphere.

The facility transfers coal hauled by train from Appalachian coal fields to ships bound for markets around the world.

Officials say the $18 million upgrade was completed over a 90-day period beginning in August. It involved overhauls of the facility's system that transfers coal from rail cars to a conveyor system, and its two rolling structures that deliver the coal to the ships.

The upgrades coincide with the 50th anniversary of the facility that has an annual throughput capacity of 36 million tons of coal.


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