We completed construction of the Elk Creek rail loadout in 2017. The rail loadout is a single-stage certified batch-weigh system capable of loading 4,000 tons per hour and a full 150-car unit train in under four hours. The loadout facility is served by the CSX railroad. We also have the ability to develop a rail-loading facility on the Norfolk Southern railroad, which would facilitate dual rail service. We have not undertaken any steps for development of a Norfolk Southern rail facility at this time.
We have the right to use an existing coal haul road that leads from a county road to the Berwind Mine face-up area. We have the right to use such haul road, which crosses over neighboring property, pursuant to a right-of-way controlled by Berwind and included in our lease of the Berwind property.
We process and load coal trucked from our Berwind mine at this facility. During 2018, we plan to significantly increase the amount of purchased coal that will likely be washed at Knox Creek for resale to customers.
The RAM Mine is currently in the permitting process. We expect that coal from the RAM Mine coal reserve will be transported to our customers by highway trucks, rail cars or by barge on river systems. In addition to close proximity to river barge facilities, our RAM Mine operations are also near Norfolk Southern rail access.