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By:William Grimes
Dates:12/24/2007 - 6/8/2018
Album Info:The Yorktown Power Station was constructed in 1957 and powers approximately 285,000 homes on the Virginia Peninsula. The Dominion Energy power station has a net generating capacity of 1,141 megawatts provided by three power generating units. Units 1 & 2 are coal fired and unit 3 is oil fired. The completion of Skiffes Creek connector project, providing the peninsula with energy from the Surry Nuclear Power Station, will make Yorktown Plant obsolete. Units 1 and 2 will go off line by the end of 2019 and the plant is scheduled for full closure by 2021. But until the connector project is fully on line its business as usual at Yorktown. Yorktown’s unit 3 burns Bunker C fuel oil around the clock to provide energy to Dominion users. When the demand for energy increases Dominion must fire up the coal burning units 1 & 2. The coal presently in the plant is Premier Elkhorn coal from Myra, Kentucky, delivered over the last week by CSX T185. CSX brings the 102 car coal train up the Amoco Branch. Yorktown’s yard tracks can only hold 35 hopper cars on each track. CSX must split up the train up at Wolf Trap Road to ensure Hornsbyville Road is not blocked for more than 5 minutes, per local state law. Once CSX leaves the plant the Dominion Energy switcher goes to work. They typically only handle 18 cars at a time, shoving them through a thawing shed and then dumping the coal in the shaker house. It take the remote control operator 5-7 minutes to empty a hopper car. Coal is then sent up into the plant ready to be fed into the burners or diverted to a pile in the coal yard. Dominion had approximately 72 hours to empty the train before CSX returns for the empty hopper cars.
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Virginia Electric & Power Company
Title:  Virginia Electric & Power Company
Description:  Once owned by VEPCo the Yorktown Power Station is now Dominion Energy. Old VEPCO 80-ton switcher can be seen in the center of the photo.
Photo Date:  12/24/2007  Upload Date: 12/24/2007 1:17:08 PM
Location:  Yorktown, VA
Author:  William Grimes
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Locomotives:  VAPX 6050(80Tonner)
Views:  553   Comments: 0
Yorktown Power Station Switcher
Title:  Yorktown Power Station Switcher
Description:  Yorktown Power Station's remote control switcher at the thawing shed.
Photo Date:  6/8/2018  Upload Date: 6/13/2018 3:14:16 PM
Location:  Yorktown, VA
Author:  William Grimes
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Locomotives:  VAPX 9762(SL 110)
Views:  96   Comments: 1
Yorktown Power Station
Title:  Yorktown Power Station
Description:  Yorktown Power Station emptied the 102 car coal train in under 72 hours.
Photo Date:  6/8/2018  Upload Date: 6/13/2018 3:15:51 PM
Location:  Yorktown, VA
Author:  William Grimes
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Locomotives:  VAPX 9762(SL 110)
Views:  97   Comments: 1
Yorktown Power Station back up switcher
Title:  Yorktown Power Station back up switcher
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Photo Date:  6/8/2018  Upload Date: 6/13/2018 3:09:20 PM
Location:  Yorktown, VA
Author:  William Grimes
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Locomotives:  VAPX 6050(80Tonner)
Views:  98   Comments: 2
Yorktown Power Station thawing shed
Title:  Yorktown Power Station thawing shed
Description:  Inside the thawing shed
Photo Date:  6/8/2018  Upload Date: 6/13/2018 3:17:45 PM
Location:  Yorktown, VA
Author:  William Grimes
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Locomotives:  VAPX 9762(SL 110)
Views:  67   Comments: 0
Locomotive cotrol stand
Title:  Locomotive cotrol stand
Description:  A very "basic" control stand for small industries. Most of the time the locomotive is operated by remote control.
Photo Date:  6/8/2018  Upload Date: 6/13/2018 3:21:59 PM
Location:  Yorktown, VA
Author:  William Grimes
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Locomotives:  VAPX 9762(SL 110)
Views:  70   Comments: 0
Looking through the shaker house to the thawing shed
Title:  Looking through the shaker house to the thawing shed
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Photo Date:  6/8/2018  Upload Date: 6/13/2018 3:22:59 PM
Location:  Yorktown, VA
Author:  William Grimes
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Locomotives:  VAPX 9762(SL 110)
Views:  71   Comments: 0
Power generating unit
Title:  Power generating unit
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Photo Date:  6/8/2018  Upload Date: 6/13/2018 3:27:26 PM
Location:  Yorktown, VA
Author:  William Grimes
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Views:  74   Comments: 0
Coal yard
Title:  Coal yard
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Photo Date:  6/8/2018  Upload Date: 6/13/2018 3:24:58 PM
Location:  Yorktown, VA
Author:  William Grimes
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Views:  69   Comments: 0
Looking towards the scale house
Title:  Looking towards the scale house
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Photo Date:  6/8/2018  Upload Date: 6/13/2018 3:23:49 PM
Location:  Yorktown, VA
Author:  William Grimes
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Locomotives:  VAPX 9762(SL 110)
Views:  72   Comments: 0
Old Virginia Power logo
Title:  Old Virginia Power logo
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Photo Date:  6/8/2018  Upload Date: 6/13/2018 3:24:27 PM
Location:  Yorktown, VA
Author:  William Grimes
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Locomotives:  VAPX 6050(80Tonner)
Views:  76   Comments: 0
Coal convayer inside boiler room
Title:  Coal convayer inside boiler room
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Photo Date:  6/8/2018  Upload Date: 6/13/2018 3:26:56 PM
Location:  Yorktown, VA
Author:  William Grimes
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Views:  71   Comments: 0
View of power station from the boiler room
Title:  View of power station from the boiler room
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Photo Date:  6/8/2018  Upload Date: 6/13/2018 3:26:11 PM
Location:  Yorktown, VA
Author:  William Grimes
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Views:  66   Comments: 0
Contol booth
Title:  Contol booth
Description:  The control booth inside the shaker house is where the locomotive operator controls the remote switcher.
Photo Date:  6/8/2018  Upload Date: 6/13/2018 3:20:44 PM
Location:  Yorktown, VA
Author:  William Grimes
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Views:  73   Comments: 0
Shaker house and dumping pit
Title:  Shaker house and dumping pit
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Photo Date:  6/8/2018  Upload Date: 6/13/2018 3:19:10 PM
Location:  Yorktown, VA
Author:  William Grimes
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Views:  63   Comments: 0
Yorktown Power Station
Title:  Yorktown Power Station
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Photo Date:  7/30/2011  Upload Date: 7/30/2011 10:12:01 PM
Location:  Yorktown, VA
Author:  William Grimes
Categories:  RollingStock
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Views:  327   Comments: 0
Power plant trains may not block Hornsbyville Road for more than 5 minutes
Title:  Power plant trains may not block Hornsbyville Road for more than 5 minutes
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Photo Date:  7/15/2017  Upload Date: 6/13/2018 3:38:06 PM
Location:  Yorktown, VA
Author:  William Grimes
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Views:  67   Comments: 0
U185-21 heading westbound
Title:  U185-21 heading westbound
Description:  VEPCO empties head back to the Premier Elkhorn Coal mine in Myra, KY.
Photo Date:  5/21/2018  Upload Date: 6/13/2018 3:38:58 PM
Location:  Lee Hall, VA
Author:  William Grimes
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Locomotives:  CSX 3225(ES44AC-H)
Views:  74   Comments: 1
U185-21 coming off the Amoco Branch
Title:  U185-21 coming off the Amoco Branch
Description:  U185 has picked up all the VEPCO empties from Yorktown Power Station and is now heading back down the Amoco Branch line on it's way back to the Premier Elkhorn Coal mine in Myra, Ky.
Photo Date:  5/21/2018  Upload Date: 6/13/2018 3:38:34 PM
Location:  Amoco, VA
Author:  William Grimes
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Locomotives:  CSX 3225(ES44AC-H)
Views:  92   Comments: 1
CSX T185 with Premier Elkhorn coal for Dominion Energy
Title:  CSX T185 with Premier Elkhorn coal for Dominion Energy
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Photo Date:  6/8/2018  Upload Date: 6/13/2018 3:29:10 PM
Location:  Yorktown, VA
Author:  William Grimes
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Views:  66   Comments: 0


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