Black Mesa and Lake Powell Railroad
The Black Mesa and Lake Powell Railroad Reporting mark|BLKM is a
private railroadowned by Salt River Project operating in Northern Arizona, USA within the Navajo Nation. It transports coalconvert|78|mi|0 from the Peabody Energy's Black Mesa Mine near Kayenta, Arizonato the Navajo Generating Station power plantat Page, Arizona.
The railroad is electrified via 50,000
voltoverhead catenarysupplied by the BLKM's power plant at Page. The BLKM does not interchange with any other railroads and is completely isolated from the national rail network.
The BLKM was constructed in the early 1970s. It is also the first railroad to be electrified at 50,000 volts.
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 replaced some of the aging fleet of thirty year old FMC and Ortner hoppers.
Contrary to some reports, the railroad and the Navajo Generating Station in Page have not closed down. The BM&LP railroad is still operating and transporting coal from Kayenta Mine loadout to the Salt River Project owned power plant in Page. The adjacent Kayenta Mine near Black Mesa Mine (also owned by Peabody Energy) closed on
December 1, 2005, in addition to the water-coal slurry pipeline that carried coal 275 miles west to Southern California Edison's Mojave Generating Station in Laughlin, Nevada. The Mojave Generating Station closed due to the high cost of retrofitting the plant to meet environmental standards as well as water-use issues with the Navajo and Hopi tribes, thus leading to the closure of the slurry pipeline and the Kayenta Mine.
*cite book | author=Walker, Mike| title=Steam Powered Video's Comprehensive Railroad Atlas of North America: Arizona & New Mexico|pages=6|publisher=Steam Powered Publishing|location=Faversham, Kent, United Kingdom| year=1995| editor=| id=ISBN 1-874745-04-8
*cite web |url=http://www.trainweb.org/southwestshorts/bmlp.html| author=Carr, Wes|title = Black Mesa & Lake Powell| work = | publisher = trainweb.org| accessdate = March 14 | accessyear = 2006
*cite news | first=John | last=Ritter | author= | url=http://www.usatoday.com/money/industries/energy/2006-03-14-arizona-cover-usat_x.htm | title=Power plant shutdown fuels fight between tribes, utility | work= | publisher=USA Today | pages=B1-B2| date=
March 14 2006| accessdate=2006-03-14
Black Mesa Peabody Coal debate
List of Arizona railroads
*cite web |url=http://algomacentral.railfan.net/bmlp.htm| author=Ellis, Ted|title = Black Mesa & Lake Powell Railroad| work = Photos of the BMLP | publisher = railfan.net| accessdate = March 14 | accessyear = 2006
*cite web |url=http://www.trainweb.org/bobx/Trains_BLKM.htm| author=|title = Trains - Black Mesa & Lake Powell| work = | publisher = trainweb.org| accessdate = March 14 | accessyear = 2006
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