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Total U.S. coal rail traffic for the week ended Sept. 1 decreased 2.7% year over year to 92,084 carloads, according to data from the Association of American Railroads.

Year-to-date coal rail traffic dropped 0.9% through the week, while total rail traffic for the week grew 7.8% year over year to 567,881 carloads and intermodal units.

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BNSF Railway Co. coal shipment volumes clocked in at 39,588 carloads in the week ended Sept. 1, increasing 3.7% from the previous week's 38,160 carloads but falling 2.1% compared to 40,450 carloads the year-ago week.

Union Pacific Corp.'s coal shipment volumes this week were at 23,951 carloads, decreasing 3.5% from 24,807 carloads the previous week and 4.7% down from last year's weekly volume of 25,140.

Eastern railroad CSX Transportation Inc.'s shipment volumes of coal stood at 16,123 carloads, down 9.6% from the previous week's 17,845 carloads, and posted a decrease of 12.5% compared to 18,426 carloads the same week in the previous year.

Norfolk Southern Corp.'s coal shipment volumes totaled 20,578 carloads for the week, increasing 2.7% from the previous week's 20,038 carloads, and up less than 1% compared to 20,383 carloads the same week a year ago.

Kansas City Southern's latest weekly coal shipment volume was 2,839 carloads, up 17.0% from 2,427 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.