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US weekly coal rail traffic down 1.6% YOY

Total U.S. coal rail traffic for the week ended Jan. 4 fell 1.6% year over year to 69,757 carloads, according to data from the Association of American Railroads.

Year-to-date coal rail traffic for the week also decreased by 1.6% year over year, while total rail traffic for the week dropped 5.1% year over year to 414,014 carloads and intermodal units.

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BNSF Railway Co. shipped 36,021 carloads of coal during the week ended Jan. 4, increasing 6.4% from the previous week's 33,851 carloads and jumping 24.2% year over year from 29,004 carloads.

Union Pacific Corp.'s weekly coal shipment volumes totaled 14,665 carloads, up 10.3% from 13,301 carloads in the prior week and plummeting 24.5% from 19,412 carloads in the same period of 2019.

CSX Transportation Inc. coal shipment volumes totaled 13,339 carloads for the week, surging 39.6% week over week from 9,557 carloads and down 3.9% year over year from 13,878 carloads.

Norfolk Southern Corp. booked weekly coal shipments of 12,348 carloads, climbing 23.3% week over week from 10,012 carloads and falling 32.5% from 18,293 carloads in the comparable week of the previous year.

Kansas City Southern's latest weekly coal shipments totaled 3,101 carloads, 40.4% higher than the previous week's 2,209 carloads. The railroad serves 10 U.S. states and Mexico.