As boss of the small Akron, Canton & Youngstown Railroad, Harry Bartlett Stewart Jr., 44, had spent half his life shipping coal. But Bart Stewart thought there was a better way to do it than by train. Last week, he formed a company to build the longest conveyor belt in the world to haul coal and ore. It would stretch from Lorain on Lake Erie for 103 miles south to East Liverpool on the Ohio, with branch belts to Cleveland and Youngstown.

Stewart's tubelike conveyor would run on trestles 22 feet above the ground, with "transfer points" (see cut) to...

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