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US weekly coal rail traffic down 11.7% YOY

Total U.S. coal rail traffic for the week ended Dec. 28, 2019, decreased 11.7% year over year to 60,454 carloads, according to data from the Association of American Railroads.

Year-to-date coal rail traffic for the week fell 9.2% year over year, while total rail traffic for the week also dropped 9.2% year over year to 373,728 carloads and intermodal units.

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BNSF Railway Co. shipped 33,851 carloads of coal during the week ended Dec. 28, 2019, decreasing 5.7% from the previous week's 35,888 carloads and up 4.6% year over year from 32,357 carloads.

Union Pacific Corp.'s weekly coal shipment volumes totaled 13,301 carloads, decreasing 14.4% from 15,546 carloads in the prior week and plummeting 31% from 19,172 carloads in the same period of 2018.

CSX Transportation Inc. coal shipment volumes totaled 9,557 carloads for the week, falling 28.8% week over week from 13,418 carloads and down 10.2% year over year from 10,648 carloads.

Norfolk Southern Corp. booked weekly coal shipments of 10,012 carloads, dropping 28.6% week over week from 14,027 carloads and decreasing by 27.6% from 13,829 carloads in the comparable week of the previous year.

Kansas City Southern's latest weekly coal shipments totaled 2,209 carloads, 31.1% lower than the previous week's 3,206 carloads. The railroad serves 10 U.S. states and Mexico.