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US weekly coal rail traffic falls 12.8% YOY

Total U.S. coal rail traffic for the week ended Oct. 19 slipped 12.8% year over year to 75,083 carloads, according to data from the Association of American Railroads.

Year-to-date coal rail traffic decreased 7.3% through the week, while total rail traffic for the week decreased 8.6% year over year to 507,381 carloads and intermodal units.

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BNSF Railway Co. coal shipment volumes clocked in at 35,197 carloads in the week ended Oct. 19, decreasing 1.1% from the previous week's 35,598 carloads and down 4.6% from 36,894 carloads in the year-ago week.

Union Pacific Corp.'s coal shipment volumes this week were at 17,476 carloads, up 11.1% from 15,733 carloads the previous week but down 15.6% compared to the previous year's weekly volume of 20,716.

Eastern railroad CSX Transportation Inc.'s shipment volumes of coal stood at 14,454 carloads, growing 1.0% from the previous week's 14,306 carloads but slumping 15.9% compared to 17,192 carloads the same week in the previous year.

Norfolk Southern Corp.'s coal shipment volumes totaled 15,382 carloads for the week, up 6.6% from the previous week's 14,429 carloads but slipping 19.9% compared to 19,192 carloads the same week a year ago.

Kansas City Southern's latest weekly coal shipment volume was 2,669 carloads, declining 23.3% from 3,480 carloads the previous week. The railroad serves 10 U.S. states and Mexico.

Data collected by S&P Global Market Intelligence from railroads indicate both cars originated on their lines during the week and cars received from a connecting railroad during the same week.