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Coal is a combustible black or brownish-black sedimentary rock usually occurring in rock strata in layers or veins called coal beds or coal seams. Coal is composed primarily of carbon along with variable quantities of other elements, chiefly hydrogen, sulfur, oxygen, and nitrogen.

What Type to Use?

Kenneth Shattock wrote on

For many years, "Welsh steam coal" was the stuff to use for great steaming, low clinkers and low soot, 'IF' you can find it. There is an outlet in England that sells it. Bean size. Years ago, GGLS used to import it 'Around the Horn' from England to San Francisco for pickup. That's how dang serious we were in getting the ONLY coal suited for scale models.
Here are THREE possible sources...
As I have discovered, coal firing is 25% knowledge and 75% technique. Remember with a coal-fired locomotive, you have the opportunity to be both engineer and fireman. The glow from the firebox, the aroma of coal smoke, and the hiss of steam combine in a miniature re-creation of the real thing.
Happy Live Steaming...

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