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US weekly coal rail traffic declines 10.3% YOY

Total U.S. coal rail traffic for the week ended Aug. 3 declined 10.3% year over year to 83,676 carloads, according to data from the Association of American Railroads.

Year-to-date coal rail traffic declined 6.2% through the week, while total rail traffic for the week decreased 5.2% year over year to 541,558 carloads and intermodal units.

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BNSF Railway Co. coal shipment volumes clocked in at 35,643 carloads in the week ended Aug. 3, decreasing 1.6% from the previous week's 36,214 carloads and declining 14.5% from the 41,682 carloads in the year-ago week.

Union Pacific Corp.'s coal shipment volumes this week were at 20,700 carloads, up 0.5% from 20,604 carloads the previous week but declining 15.2% from the previous year's weekly volume of 24,404.

Eastern railroad CSX Transportation Inc.'s shipment volumes of coal stood at 16,910 carloads, jumping 8.0% from the previous week's 15,663 carloads and increasing 2.5% from the 16,501 carloads the same week in the previous year.

Norfolk Southern Corp.'s coal shipment volumes totaled 18,556 carloads for the week, up 13.9% from the previous week's 16,290 carloads but declining 4.2% from the 19,377 carloads the same week a year ago.

Kansas City Southern's latest weekly coal shipment volume was 3,084 carloads, increasing 14.0% from 2,705 carloads the previous week. The railroad serves 10 U.S. states and Mexico.

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