Southern Illinois Mines
The Illinois Basin is a major bituminous coal producing area consisting of the coal fields of Illinois, Indiana and Western Kentucky. Illinois Basin coal deposits are characterized by high BTU, mid-range sulphur, moderate ash and low moisture content.
Illinois Basin coals have traditionally enjoyed the benefit of multi-modal transportation and Union Pacific Railroad is a vital part of this comprehensive transportation system. We can provide rail-to-barge, rail-to-lake cargo vessel and rail-to-ocean vessel services, as well as all-rail transportation. We serve several rail-to-river barge transfer facilities on the Mississippi and Ohio Rivers. These installations are equipped for direct discharge from railcars to barges. Union Pacific also provides direct service to a number of mines in the Illinois Basin and accesses the remaining mines through interchange with other railroads.