Laramie, Wy – The Dakota, Minnesota and Eastern Railroad is getting into trucking. The company is taking coal from Wyoming across South Dakota -- to Chicago.
A Denver firm ordered three-thousand carloads of coal firm. It's testing a process to make coal burn hotter and cleaner.
The coal will be shipped to utilities, hospitals and universities -- mostly in Illinois, Michigan and Ohio.
D-M-and-E President Kevin Schieffer says the new business offers a glimpse of the future and helps illustrate the need for rail expansion.
The railroad has been working for eight years to get regulatory approval and money to rebuild its line across South Dakota and Minnesota, and to extend its tracks to Wyoming coal fields.