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Last coal train pulls out of town
April 7, 2004

With a wave of the hand a brief walkie-talkie message, Troy Cowan, conductor with the Palouse River and Coulee City Railroad, signals to have the last two train cars delivering coal pulled away from Washington State University old steam plant. WSU has used coal to produce steam and heat the campus for approximately 100 years. The last of the coal is expected to be burned over the next couple months, officially ending the era and marking a total transition to using natural gas and diesel fuel. (Photo by Robert Hubner, WSU Photo Services)

Old boilers revived in record-cold pinch
February 2, 2004

Originally expected to go online this month, the $41 million Grimes Way Steam Plant will instead start up in May, said Ev Davis, executive director of Facility Operations at Washington State University.Difficulties and delays in completing the Distributed Control System, which will integrate the new Grimes Way Steam Plant and the existing College Avenue Steam Plant, are responsible for the postponement, said Energy Plant Manager Mike Nearing. In the meantime, the campus is being heated by three existing boilers at the College Avenue Steam Plant on the west edge of the Pullman campus. Those include one coal-fired boiler and two natural gas-fired boilers. The aging … » More …