Wrong again, the Trains are hauling Coal to Detroit, Cleveland , Pittsburgh, etc<quoted text>
Did a little quick fact check. This is cut and paste from Wikipedia:
"Being bounded by the two largest rivers in North America, water transportation has historically played a major role in Kentucky's economy. Most barge traffic on Kentucky waterways consists of coal that is shipped from both the Eastern and Western Coalfields, about half of which is used locally to power many power plants located directly off the Ohio River, with the rest being exported to other countries, most notably Japan.
Many of the largest ports in the United States are located in or adjacent to Kentucky, including:
Port of Huntington-Tristate (includes Ashland, KY), largest inland port and 7th largest overall
Cincinnati-Northern Kentucky, 5th largest inland port and 43rd overall
Louisville-Southern Indiana, 7th largest inland port and 55th overall."
Those railroads that leave the mine headed north are hauling coal to barge terminals on the Ohio River. Without coal there is really no need for the Olmsted Lock and Dam, since there is not enough other barge cargo to justify it. I'm betting that the trains going south are going to barge terminals on the Cumberland or Tennessee Rivers too. If so, that coal also has to pass through Locks 52 and 53 on its way down river, since they are downstream from the mouths of the Tennessee and Cumberland.
Only Trucks haul to the River Terminals.
Try again you silly Mitch supporter.