Detroit Edison Unit Coal Train (Photo by Ron Legg)


Last Updated
December 4, 2004


Detroit Edison's Unit Trains

By: Jack Polaritz and Joe Jack

The river grade of the Little Giant made it the logical choice in the routing of coal movements from the fields of West Virginia to Detroit Edison's new power plant in Monroe, Michigan in the 1970's and 80's. DE's trains brought a technological innovation to everyday railroading and gave the P&LE an infusion of much needed capital during a time of economic downturn throughout it's operating region.