Beyond the yard is the coal offloading area. This satellite view
shows the hoppers are each picked up and turned to pour out their
coal, which is then stored in an open-air mound. I am suprised a
gravity-drop method, never at risk of an outage, is not employed.
Unseen at left is the power plant, and its return of cooling water
to the Potomac River. In the 1990s the output path was transformed
into the world's only heated, artificial whitewater course. Canoe
and kayak paddlers have used it to train for the Olympics.
The next tour page returns to the mainline.
dumping a coal hopper (video),
Dickerson Whitewater Course