NORFOLK, Va. (AP) - Norfolk Southern railroad is consolidating two of its coal docks in northern Ohio to cut costs while demand for the fuel remains weak.

NORFOLK, Va. (AP) Norfolk Southern railroad is consolidating two of its coal docks in northern Ohio to cut costs while demand for the fuel remains weak.

The railroad said Tuesday it plans to idle its operations at Ashtabula, Ohio, and shift its Lake Erie coal loading to its Sandusky, Ohio, dock.

This move is designed to make the railroad more efficient, but it didn't disclose how much it expects to save.

Norfolk Southern is under pressure to improve its operations because it wants to convince investors the railroad will fare better independently than it would in a proposed merger with Canadian Pacific.

About 35 jobs will be eliminated with the closure, but the Ashtabula dock won't close until next spring after all its coal is moved.