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Total U.S. coal rail traffic for the week ended Dec. 22 grew 4.5% year over year to 93,964 carloads, according to data from the Association of American Railroads.

Year-to-date coal rail traffic decreased 0.5% through the week, while total rail traffic for the week grew 4.2% year over year to 567,252 carloads and intermodal units.

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BNSF Railway Co. coal shipment volumes clocked in at 40,969 carloads in the week ended Dec. 22, gaining less than 1% from the previous week's 40,859 carloads and up 10.4% compared to 37,096 carloads in the year-ago week.

Union Pacific Corp.'s coal shipment volumes this week were at 24,334 carloads, rising 9.5% from 22,221 carloads the previous week and up 7.2% compared to the previous year's weekly volume of 22,693.

Eastern railroad CSX Transportation Inc.'s shipment volumes of coal stood at 17,563 carloads, falling 3.0% from the previous week's 18,114 carloads and slipping 1.3% compared to 17,803 carloads the same week in the previous year.

Norfolk Southern Corp.'s coal shipment volumes totaled 20,152 carloads for the week, sliding 1.4% from the previous week's 20,436 carloads but growing 4.6% compared to 19,268 carloads the same week a year ago.

Kansas City Southern's latest weekly coal shipment volume was 3,188 carloads, sliding 4.2% from 3,327 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.