A lonesome train whistle will mark the end of an era on the University of Georgia campus this week, or at least the beginning of the end.
The train, a short line called the Athens Line, is scheduled to roll parallel to East Campus Road with the last shipment of coal for the university’s coal-fired steam boiler, slated for replacement after this winter.
The Athens Line brought in five cars of coal, about 500 tons, last week from Virginia’s Red River Coal Company, said Tom Satterly, assistant vice president of UGA’s facilities management division. With this week’s expected shipment of another six cars with 600 tons, UGA will have a winter stockpile of just more than 4,000 tons to help heat the Athens main campus in the cold months ahead.
“This is the last planned shipment,” Satterly said.