150 degrees

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The heater panels in the shed can reach temperatures of more than 500 degrees rather quickly.

WHAT IS IT? The highest air temperature that can be reached inside the coal thaw shed at Nebraska City Station. The air gets this hot from heaters in the floor of the shed, which can register more than 500 degrees.

The shed is used to remove frozen moisture from between the pieces of coal in the rail cars before they are emptied. Condensation from the coal and weather conditions can cause the coal to freeze, or “stick” together.

Laura King-Homan

About Laura King-Homan

Laura King-Homan is the managing editor of The Wire and a communications specialist at the Omaha Public Power District. She has nearly 20 years of print journalism and design experience, including the Omaha World-Herald.

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