its cheap who cares take it home and burn itAnswer 2
I haven't seen this on the railroad where I work. In fact, the tops of the loaded cars are spayed with a biodegradable plastic-like transparent film that holds the top layer of coal and dust in place and there is no loss. You could collect the coal you find and put it to good use yourself. I would.Answer 3
They are probably shunting the coal wagons and when there's a jolt, some of the coal gets scattered on the ground.
If you're really that concerned why don't you contact the rail authorities and ask them to clear it up?Answer 4
It would be interesting to know WHAT nation you speak of...
My brother is the Plant Supervisor for a coal-generated power-plant here in California. Their coal takes an 800+ mile journey from the mine in Utah to the plant, and literally NO coal is lost en-route.
Here in the USA, we typically load coal with a "Loaf-top" shape... the coal doesn't come to the top edges of the hopper, to reduce spillage. They also will often spray the load with a bio-plastic to reduce coal-dust during the trip.
What can YOU do... advocate different loading techniques in your country. AND help them figure out HOW or WHO is opening the doors to dump that coal.Answer 5
The question becomes, how much GDP do we gain by using trains? A heck of lot, compared to the price of coal.
You haven't mentioned where you live.Answer 6
We actually lose almost none.
I am guessing you must live near where trains are loaded or switched and the small amount of spillage occurs there.
where I work we handle dozens of coal trains a week and I see NO spillage.
believe me, if there was a significant amount, the railroad and coal company executives would find a way to stop the spillage.
IN fact when I was working on the UP in the early 80's they actually had fibergalss covers for cars that opened up automatically at the loading and unlading facilities.
they discontinues it because the covers cost more then the tiny amount of coal saved.
relax, there is not much coal wasted in transit, there are many more important ecological things for you to worry about.