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|Consumers Power is the largest power generating company in Michigan, supplying
power to most every county in Michigan. Consumers built a new coal fired power plant
in 1961 on Lake Michigan near the town of West Olive, Michigan.
This year, 1967, the Soo Line has negotiated a coal delivery contract with Consumers
and utilizing Chicago & Mackinac trackage. The Soo Line has delivered two older EMD
FP-7 units to provide the power for the unit coal train, which will deliver Canadian coal
to the power plant, via "The Chief" across the Straits of Mackinac.
Here are some pictures of the newly modeled power plant and the inaugural run of the
Unit Coal Train, delivering loaded coal hoppers to the plan.