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CSX, Norfolk Southern lead big gain in weekly coal rail traffic

Total U.S. coal rail traffic for the week ended Jan. 12 grew 14.8% year over year to 87,228 carloads, according to data from the Association of American Railroads.

Year-to-date coal rail traffic increased 8.2% through the week, while total rail traffic for the week grew 8.4% year over year to 555,127 carloads and intermodal units.

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BNSF Railway Co. coal shipment volumes clocked in at 38,889 carloads in the week ended Jan. 12, up 34.1% from the previous week's 29,004 carloads and rising 9.5% compared to 35,515 carloads in the year-ago week.

Union Pacific Corp.'s coal shipment volumes this week were at 22,440 carloads, up 15.6% from 19,412 carloads the previous week and rising 4.0% compared to the previous year's weekly volume of 21,573.

Eastern railroad CSX Transportation Inc.'s shipment volumes of coal stood at 16,385 carloads, rising 18.1% from the previous week's 13,878 carloads and up by 49.5% compared to 10,961 carloads the same week in the previous year.

Norfolk Southern Corp.'s coal shipment volumes totaled 18,997 carloads for the week, rising 4.1% from the previous week's 18,241 carloads and jumping 40% compared to 13,969 carloads the same week a year ago.

Kansas City Southern's latest weekly coal shipment volume was 2,951 carloads, growing 16.0% from 2,544 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.