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US weekly coal rail traffic plummets 18.6% YOY

Total U.S. coal rail traffic for the week ended Jan. 11 dropped 18.6% year over year to 70,831 carloads, according to data from the Association of American Railroads.

Year-to-date coal rail traffic for the week also decreased, by 11% year over year, while total rail traffic for the week dropped 9.6% year over year to 501,624 carloads and intermodal units.

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BNSF Railway Co. shipped 34,165 carloads of coal during the week ended Jan. 11, 5.2% lower than the previous week's 36,021 carloads and falling 12.2% year over year from 38,889 carloads.

Union Pacific Corp.'s weekly coal shipments volumes totaled 15,255 carloads, up 4% from 14,665 carloads in the prior week and dropping 32% from 22,440 carloads in the prior year's week.

CSX Transportation Inc.'s total coal shipments increased by 6.3% week over week to 14,184 carloads from 13,339 carloads. On an annual basis, its coal shipments for the week fell 13.4% from 16,385 carloads.

Norfolk Southern Corp. booked weekly coal shipments of 14,342 carloads, climbing 16.1% from 12,348 carloads in the prior week, but decreasing 23.9% from 18,839 carloads in the comparable week of 2019.

Kansas City Southern's latest weekly coal shipments totaled 2,711 carloads, decreasing by 12.6% from the prior week's 3,101 carloads. The railroad serves 10 U.S. states and Mexico.