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US coal rail traffic flat YOY, YTD in latest week

Total U.S. coal rail traffic for the week ended Oct. 13 increased 0.2% year over year to 86,312 carloads, according to data from the Association of American Railroads.

Year-to-date coal rail traffic was down 0.9% through the week, while total rail traffic for the week rose 1.7% year over year to 549,757 carloads and intermodal units.

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BNSF Railway Co. coal shipment volumes clocked in at 38,604 carloads in the week ended Oct. 13, falling 4.5% compared to 40,438 the previous week but gaining 1.6% from 38,014 in the year-ago week.

Union Pacific Corp.'s coal shipment volumes were at 20,011 carloads, dropping 9.6% from 22,144 the previous week and 6.2% weaker than the previous year's weekly volume of 21,342.

Eastern railroad CSX Transportation Inc.'s shipment volumes of coal stood at 17,230 carloads, up 1.7% from 16,935 the previous week and up 9.0% compared to 15,805 carloads the same week in the previous year.

Norfolk Southern Corp.'s coal shipment volumes totaled 18,142 carloads for the week, gaining 2% from the previous week's 17,794 carloads but slipping 2.7% from 18,638 the same week a year ago.

Kansas City Southern Railway Co.'s latest weekly coal shipment volume was 2,342 carloads, down 20.1% from 2,931 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.